Arthur Henry 'Pete' Welles
WAYNESVILLE — Arthur Henry “Pete” Welles, beloved spouse of Barbara Davis Welles, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014. Pete was born in Hartford, Connecticut, June 23, 1918, and was a resident of East Hartford, Connecticut, and Waynesville. He was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Welles and Alice Wolfinger Welles.
In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Jean Powell Welles; siblings, Margery Blanche Welles Clyne, William Holcombe Welles, Ralph Franklin Welles and Herbert John Welles.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by two sons, William Richard Welles, and wife, Sandra, Scott Franklin Welles, and wife, Tina; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Caron, and husband, Albe; grandchildren, Marc Hughes, and wife, Jennifer, Daniel Hughes, and wife, Angela, Christine Robertson, and husband, Scott, Christopher Welles, and wife, Bonnie, David Welles, and wife, Evelyn, Kasey Welles, and wife, Jessica; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Michael, Allison and Matthew Hughes, Samantha and Paige Robertson, Anderson and Alivia Welles; step-children, Denise Sutton, Garry Howell, and wife, Debbie and Blake Howell, and wife, Selin.
Pete graduated from East Hartford High School in East Hartford. Afterwards he worked at Finn’s Market, Keasby and Mattison Roofing and Sidewalling. He served in the Army 10th Coast Artillery and 573rd AAA Battalion serving in Europe during WWII until honorably discharged December 1945. He worked for Donadelli’s Garage for several years before opening Welles Texaco in East Harford from 1952 until retiring in 1981. He then worked for East Hartford Nursery for 13 years.
Pete loved staying active, enjoying bowling, camping, canoeing, gardening, stamp and coin collecting, woodworking, crafts, gem mining, ceramics and adored spending time with his wonderful family and many friends. He was a past member of the East Hartford Exchange Club and was a director in the Central Connecticut Bowling Association.
Pete was first and foremost a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who took great delight in time spent with his family. For countless others he was a man of high integrity, honesty, honor and compassion. He will be deeply missed.
Services will be held in East Hartford at a later date.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Welles family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.