CLINTON, MAINE--Edward P. Welch, 62, of Clinton, Maine, passed away January 23, 2013 with his family by his side, at home, after battling cancer. He was born July 15, 1950 in Bangor, Maine the son of Chester and Helen Welch. He graduated from John Bapst High School in 1968 and from Eastern Maine Technical College in 1973 where he was Class President and earned his Associates Degree in Building Construction. Ed's previous employments include: Maine Cascade Iron Works where he was Chief Estimator; Owner and Manager of China Lake Hardware; Kenway Corporation in Augusta where he was Project Manager. In his retirement years, he enjoyed his part-time job at Tractor Supply in Skowhegan. He married Jean Rand on July 8, 1972 and they recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary with family and friends. Their marriage was based on their true belief in “Work Hard, Play Hard!” Ed and Jean raised their children on China Lake, where their home became a hub for family, friends, and neighbors to gather for fun and good times. While living in China, Maine for 27 years, Ed served as President of the China Four Seasons Club and China Recreation Committee. Anyone who knew Ed, knows that his favorite thing to do was going 'upta' camp at Moxie Lake. There he went hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling, and white water rafting. He loved relaxing on his pontoon boat and sitting on his deck viewing sunsets overlooking Moxie Lake. Other interests included oil painting of Maine scenes and listening to country music. He enjoyed his travels to Prince Edward Island and in recent years to Montana visiting the various National Parks. He especially enjoyed his 2011 hunting trip with his son Patrick. Recently he attended his 8th grade class reunion of St. Teresa's School in Brewer, Maine. Ed was able to reconnect with his 8th grade classmates. He was predeceased by his parents, Chester and Helen Welch. Ed is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter Kayla Krause and her husband Bill, along with Kayla's son Myles of China, Maine, Ed's only Grandson; son Patrick Welch and girlfriend Jessie Moore of Bozeman, Montana; his sisters, Karen Brown of Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Ellen Brouillette and her husband Clayton of Phoenix, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews, and by his beloved cat, “Moxie.” Ed also had many very special friends. A celebration of Ed's Life will be held at the Winslow VFW, 175 Veteran Drive, Winslow, ME on Saturday February 2nd at 1:00 pm. Attire will be casual. Throughout Ed's life, he received excellent health care at Lovejoy Health Center. It is the family's wishes that in lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to the Lovejoy Health Center, 7 School Street, Suite #1, Albion, ME 04910, to help purchase new equipment.