Wake Sunday for victim in Rt.18 motorcycle crash

A wake will be held Sunday for the U.S. Army veteran killed in a motorcycle crash on Route 18 this week.

Visitation hours for Michael P. Welsh are scheduled for Sunday, July 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quealy & Son Funeral Home on Adams Street. All other services will be private, according to the family.

Welsh, 49, was a resident of Bridgewater. He served in the Army for 21 years and was involved with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA 2-2), according to his obituary.

He is survived by his two daughters, Makayla and Lillian; his parents, Eileen and Henry; his sisters, Dawn and Kathy; and his wife, Jessica Baptist.

Welsh was riding his motorcycle Tuesday morning when he was struck by a car just north of the Route 18 and 139 intersection.

Several witnesses rushed to his aid, but he died from his injuries.

The incident prompted Fire Chief John Glynn to pen a letter to the community and those who witnessed the accident.

“Yesterday serves as a painful reminder that life can change in an [instant] and that today is a gift,” he wrote. “Let’s take the reminder and look out for each other a little more. Kindness is something we can never get enough of.”

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to consider making a donation in Welsh’s name to CVMA 2-2: https://mass2-2cvma.org/donate

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