Matthew Joseph Welsh passed away peacefully in Tucson, AZ, on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the age of 46. Matt was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Dr. Paul J. Welsh, Jr. and Ida McKinley Welsh, and his aunt, Coletta (James) Richter. Matt is lovingly remembered by his brothers, Vincent of Tucson and Nicholas of Ft. Worth, TX, and his aunts and uncles, Stephanie Welsh (Garrett Pendergast) of Terre Haute, IN, Constance Welsh (Douglas Holaday) of Vista, CA, and Michael (Stasia) McKinley of the Chicago, IL area. He is survived by many cousins and his beloved cat, Tuna Two.
Matt was born in Evansville, IN, on October 28, 1972 and spent his early life in Owensboro, KY until his family moved to Arizona in the early 70s. Matt graduated from Santa Rita High School and attended Pima Community College, both in Tucson.
Matt enjoyed painting and drawing and later in life, he especially enjoyed Paint Nights, which were fun evenings of painting and a beer or glass of wine or two. Trains, railroads, and especially engines, were some of Matt’s passions in life. He was an enthusiastic member of the TucsonGarden Railway Society. He enjoyed visiting railroad museums around the country and riding the antique trains. Matt also had an affinity for Lighthouses and at one point had a collection of over 50 lighthouses from around the country. He also loved auto racing and, especially, attending the Indianapolis 500.
Matt’s first passionate collection was for Pandas. Matt carried that love of Pandas throughout his entire life. Panda tees, hats, slippers, stuffed animals, and anything else with a panda made its way to Matt.