Colin El Cid Welch A/K/A “Labba”, was born on November 28th, 1964 to the late Egbert Alonzo Welch and the late Stella Watson in the County of Demerara, in the then British Guiana, now Republic of Guyana, South America. He had eight (8) siblings. They are Rosana, Sharlie, Roland, Abigail, Emmerson, Sherwin, Wayne, and the late Franz Welch who predeceased him.
Colin grew up in Norton Street Wortmanville, and he received his early Christian and secular education in Georgetown. He attended Dolphin Primary School after which he was admitted to South Georgetown Government Secondary School where he completed his High School education. Upon completion of his high school education, Colin was admitted to the Guyana School of Agriculture where he successfully completed his Diploma in Agriculture with distinction and honors. Upon his graduation from the Guyana School of Agriculture Colin was employed by Correia Enterprises on the East Bank of Demerara as an agricultural specialist. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as a Loan Officer with the Guyana Agricultural and Industrial Bank (Gaibank). He served in that position until his immigration to the United States.
Colin immigrated to the United States in the late 1980’s. For most of his working life in the United States he held down at least two jobs at a time. He was employed as a Medical Records Specialist at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan for a number of years. He was also employed by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for an extended period of time. While engaged in full time employment, Colin still found the time to enroll in a number of technical training courses affiliated with the Steam Fitters Local Union 638. Upon his successful completion of these courses, he was able to secure membership with the Union and full employment as a pipe fitter. He was employed in this position up to the point of his terminal illness.
Along with the multiple technical courses that Colin had successfully completed, this amazing man also attended Long Island University where he pursued a degree in Politics and Economics. You would think that this was more than enough for anyone to handle, but not Colin Welch. Together with all of this, he still managed to find the time to enroll in numerous vocational, technical, and educational courses. He completed all of them successfully. Colin also attended Bible School and was awarded a diploma in Theology. He was also a licensed locksmith.
Colin was a consummate gentleman and a scholar. He possessed a brilliant mind and was an avid reader. One of his favorite past times was spending hours at a time in the library. During his lifetime he has amassed a very impressive library of his own with a massive collection of volumes on the topics of Economics, Politics, Law, Philosophy, Sociology and Religion. He was a follower of the late Dr. Walter Rodney, and one of his favorite books was Dr Rodney’s “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa”. Eric Williams’ “Capitalism and Slavery” was another one of his favorites. Colin passionately believed in the philosophy that education is the key to success. Towards this end, he enthusiastically sought to capitalize on any educational opportunity that was presented to him. Additionally, he zealously advocated and supported the educational pursuits of his family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else who was so inclined.
No one could desire a better friend than Colin Welch. He was a faithful, trustworthy, and loyal friend. He was a friend who sticks closer than a brother in every sense. He would give you the shirt off of his back, the shoes off of his feet, or the last dollar in his pocket. He was always ready to help others in distress even to his own detriment. He possessed a very intense charitable spirit, and painstakingly subscribed to the notion of forgiveness regardless of the case, and the fostering of peace and harmony notwithstanding the circumstances. These sterling qualities enabled him to maintain many lifelong friendships and to earn the love and respect of everyone that he came into contact with. This is so aptly demonstrated in the binding lifelong relationships that he managed to foster and maintain with his two boyhood friends and brothers from other mothers Floyd Barker and Roger Newyear. Colin possessed a shy smile, gentle eyes, a caring heart, and a loving embrace.
Colin was an avid sports fan, and an accomplished sportsman in his own right. As a fan he loved all sports especially football and boxing. As a sports man, he was a very skilled footballer. He played for the extremely popular Pele Football Club as well as the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) in Guyana. It was because of his demonstrative football prowess that he was given the nickname “Labba”.
Colin Welch was a devout Christian and a man of God. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. His very deep faith in God enabled him to continually overcome the many obstacles and trials that he faced in his life. His faith and belief in the healing powers of the blood of Jesus, the great physician, is an immensely powerful testimony. During his period of illness, he would always rely on this promise and it would always give him the strength to persevere. In his very own words, his faith gave him the strength to “keep fighting the fight”. Colin demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge and an extraordinarily strong belief in the word of God. He never missed an opportunity to share this belief with others whenever and wherever the opportunity presented itself. Colin Welch was also a travelling master-craftsman. He was a member of the David’s temple lodge #4 of IIUOM.
Colin El Cid Welch was a gentle, loving, caring, compassionate, wonderful soul. He lived an exemplary, happy, fulfilling, and enjoyable life. He was an incredibly positive influence upon the lives of many. On the morning of January 1, 2021, he heard that heaven needed another angel, and in his determination to be with his Lord, he laid peacefully and answered the Lord’s call to glory land. He has left an indelible mark etched on our hearts, minds, and souls. He will be dearly missed by his wife, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the multitude of souls who knew him and loved him dearly. Even though our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort in the knowledge that he is in heaven watching over us.
Colin leaves to cherish his loving, unforgettable, and precious memories: his wife Tessa Braithwaite. His siblings Rosana Welch, Sharlie Welch, Roland Watson, Abigail Sweeney, Emmerson Welch, Sherwin Watson, and Wayne Mason. He was predeceased by his brother Franz Welch. His nieces and Nephews Allison Gilbert, Akeem Butts, Jason Sweeney, Carlaysia Welch, Kanesha Morris, Adrian Welch and eight others. His uncles Reginald Watson, the late Cecil Kingston, and the late Desmond Welch. His aunts Thelma Watkins, Elaine Goodwin, Joanne Campbell, the late Eulene Holloway, and the late Ismay Charles. His cousins Ingrid Clarke, Monica Riley, Ivor Garraway, Gary Holloway, Lisa Watkins, Shawn Cooke, Debbie Morris, Desiree and twenty-three others and a whole host of other relatives and friends.
May the precious soul of Colin El Cid Welch Rest In Peace.
The Welch family wishes to acknowledge and express
our sincere and deepest appreciation to all of you for the many acts of love,
kindness, support, comfort, concern, and especially your prayers
that was extended to us during these most difficult times of sorrow,
grief and bereavement. We pray God's blessings upon all of you
and your family.
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