Arthur E. Welch, Jr.

  • Born: January 1, 1939
  • Died: March 9, 2021
  • Location: Derry, New Hampshire

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Boscawen , NH 03303
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Arthur E. Welch, Jr., 82, of Derry, NH died on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, in Derry, NH.
Mr. Welch was born on January 1, 1939, in Goffstown, NH, the son of the late Arthur E. and Avelda (Riehl) Welch.
Mr. Welch was a wonderful accordionist who for most of his life was self-employed in sharing his passion for the accordion. Most recently as proprietor of Accordion Connection. He played, taught, sold, and repaired accordions.
Members of his family include; his brother Merrill (Bonnie) Welch; sister Nancy (Dan) Zeller; his son, Arthur (Donna) Welch III; daughter Linda (Noe) Gonzalez; and grandchildren Allison, Zachary, Arthur IV, and Leah.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021, 11:00 AM at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 172 King Street, in Boscawen. Please note current restrictions limiting funeral home capacity to no more than 50%. Those in attendance are respectfully requested to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Interment will take place following at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium assisted the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to


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Arthur roomed with my brother-in-law while both were at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home. He was always there with a smile, always accommodating, and most appreciative of any sweet that was shared. He truly became a friend of our family.
Rest In Peace
Vina Troianello
Bradford MA
March 15, 2021

Posted by Vina Troianello - Bradford, MA - Acquaintance   March 15, 2021

Arthur taught me for six months, while he was at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center. I had gone with the New Hampshire Accordion Association, to play there. Arthur joined us afterwards and critiqued our performance. I was sitting next to him, and he commented that I wasn't pushing and pulling the bellows with the phrases...I asked if he could give me a few lessons. I was a very new player and he was so patient. We became good friends and I convinced him to play for the residents there. He gave several concerts and a few impromptu ones as well. Everyone loved him and his playing. Last summer, I visited with him outdoors, during Covid restrictions. I brought my accordion and a staff member gave it to him. He played out in the courtyard to a small audience of residents, who clapped enthusiastically after each song. His smile was visible even through his mask. I feel privileged to have been able to be with him and play for him, during his last four days of life. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Anne Baier - Bow, NH - Friend   March 15, 2021

Arthur influenced many many accordionists in his life. I enjoyed knowing him and will remember him fondly, and his late wife Susan. Their passing will leave a void in the accordion world, and the world in general.

Posted by Lynda Fish - North Attleboro, MA - Friend   March 14, 2021

I am sincerely sorry for our loss. I think about him often and the wonderful music he made. He made my sister very happy!

Posted by Mary and Leon Renaud - North Grosvenordale, CT - Family Friend   March 14, 2021

I was 10 years old in early Spring of 1978 when Mr. and Mrs. Welch came to my school on the West Side of Manchester. Mr. Welch demonstrated how an acordion worked and I was absolutely fascinated. Needless to say that when I got home I told my parents that this was something that I really wanted to do. I took my first lesson at that very school on April 10, 1978 (I still have that very page from my lesson book). From there things just took off. I had ensemble sessions on Monday evenings at 5pm and private lessons on Thursday evenings at 6pm. My Dad used to sit in with me on my lessons and he REALLY enjoyed watching what I was learning. I stayed on with Mr. Welch well into my high school years until he decided to persue a different opportunity in the real estate field in the mid 1980's. (It was a sad day for me).
Before I started taking lessons I was an introvert. I was not fond of being in front of people...never mind performing or providing any type of entertainment to a group!
He carefully coached me to come out of my shell and gave me the guidance that I needed to be able to perform in front of people whether they be family or strangers.
In addition to learning to perform in public I also received the very best music theory instruction that anyone could have asked for. I still use what he tought me some 42 years ago TODAY!!
Although I do not play as much as I used to there is seldom a day that goes by that I do not think of him. I owe a great deal to Mr. Welch as well as to my Dad for providing me with the encouragement, guidance,support,and genuine caring that have made me the person that I am today.
I will never forget you and how you enriched my life!

Posted by Dennis Chabot - Goffstown, NH - Student   March 13, 2021

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I am sincerely sorry for our loss. I think about him often and the wonderful music he made. He made my sister very happy!