George Welsh, age 96, husband of the late Carrie M. (Phillips) Welsh, of Chestnut Knoll, Boyertown, and formerly of Pottstown, died Saturday in Chestnut Knoll.

Born in Allegheny Co., Pa. he was the son of the late James and Emily (Rogers) Welsh.

He worked for many years at the former Bethlehem Steel Corp, in Pottstown.

Mr. Welsh founded the George Welsh Orchestra, which played at many places, such as the Pottstown Elks Lodge, and around the Pottstown area for many years. He also enjoyed fishing, traveling, and particularly spending time in Florida.

Surviving are two daughters, Claudette Ross, of Easton Md., and Gladys L. Anderson, of South Coventry Twp., along with a step-son, Richard Burkhart, of Arnold Md., and a sister, Emily Lederach, of Souderton.  He also has 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by a son, George Welsh Jr.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday April 18, 2009, at 11 AM, in the Highland Memorial Park, Mausoleum, Farmington & Reynolds Ave’s., Pottstown, with the Rev. Donald B.Eisenhauer, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to:  Home Care Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Suite 201, Pottstown, Pa.  19464.

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