Celebrating the life of

Michael Barrett Welsh, Jr

Passed away on September 28, 2021

Michael Barrett Welsh, Jr

Michael Barrett Welsh Jr., 66, of Savannah passed away on the morning of September 28, 2021. Barrett is survived by his wife, Cindy Rooks Welsh; his daughters Amber Welsh (Ivano Harris) and Kelli deVegter (Wesley); his grandchildren, Alanna, Braeden, Luca, and Violet; his siblings, Sally, Jimmy, Timmy, and Betty: many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Barrett Welsh Sr., mother, Elizabeth Davis Welsh and brother, Joe Welsh.

Barrett was born and raised in Savannah to Barrett and Bette Welsh. His five siblings called him “Bubba”, but others may have known him as a troublemaker. They spent many cherished years together at the beach on Tybee. Barrett and Cindy loved traveling and caring for their numerous adopted dogs over the years. He would do anything for his daughters, even coaching them in basketball and attending a Georgia Tech game or two- despite being an avid Bulldog fan. Barrett started his own business and was delighted when his daughter Kelli joined him there. In fact, most of his family has worked with him at some point. And Barrett was a hard worker - but not on Thursdays when you could find him at La Vida Country Club with his friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, October 1, 2021, at The Catholic Cemetery. Family will also receive friends from 1:00 PM at The Knights of Columbus Council 631, 3 W. Liberty Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be sent to Renegade PAWS Rescue.






My first but certainly not only memory of Barrett was during lunch in the second grade. It consisted of a pint of milk and a ketchup sandwich. My shock at such an oddity was met with a shrug as he seemed to enjoy it. Said he loved ketchup. Years later, I’d remind him of that unique delicacy and we’d both laugh. Our friendship began with a ketchup sandwich and I could write story after story since that time, but those are better told to a drinking audience. My condolences to his family. I’d be shocked if Joe and Gunny weren’t awaiting his arrival with a pint or two. John McCarthy

- John McCarthy , Savannah , Ga.

I love you Bud... Forever missed... RIP Barrett....

- O'neil Kenney, Savannah, Georgia

A life loss too soon. Hold on tight to your wonderful memories. Thinking of you.

- Susie Harvey, Savannah , Ga

Cindy and Family, Michael and I are so very sorry. We will miss our new neighborhood friend. Much sympathy, Karen

- Karen and Michael Lemack, Savannah, Georgia

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May God hold Barrett in the palm of His hand. Keeping you all in our prayers. Peace and comfort for all....

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sad to hear about Barrett passing away. He was a big part of my childhood as he was a great basketball coach. His great smile and happy personality will sure be missed! Prayers to the family from all the Templetons.

- Amy Templeton Cox, Savannah, Ga

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- Chris & Don Dasher, Hilton Head Island, SC

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- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

Condolences to the family and friends. Barrett's loyalty and compassion was second to none. May he rest in the Hands of the Lord.

- Mike and Laura Kenny , Savannah, Ga

Gone too soon. Rest in Peace.

- Dawn Shay, Tybee Island, GA

I will miss your sweet smile and goofy laugh. You helped make me who I am today and I will miss you so much! I love you

- Kendall , Guyton , Ga

Who is going to call me 20 times a day? Who am I going to complain to about all these people we don’t like — joking of course;) Who will complain about how I make coffee? You quickly became more than a boss to me; family is what you are. That office will never be the same. I am so thankful for 4.5 years with you. I remember the first thing Kendall told me was if I could get passed you being mean, I would last. I immediately laughed because after meeting you the first time, I realized we are so much alike. I could not have asked for a better Boss. We will hold things down at MBW, you rest easy. We miss you so much already!!

- Amber, Guyton, Georgia

My sincere condolences to all Family members. Prayers to follow. You will surely be missed my old friend. RIP, "B"!

- Michael T. Powers, Savannah, Ga.

So looked forward to coming home from Beaufort Sc to see Cindy, Barrett, Freddie and Scooter to welcome me! Fly High Barrett I will miss you! I just walked with you to see what you had planned for your Tybee house ! Cindy I am here for you with whatever you need ! Love you !

- Noel Bretz, Tybee Island , Ga

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Barrett was a kind man and patient basketball coach. Always had a smile on his face and positive attitude. My prayers and condolences to the Welsh family. May happy memories fill your aching hearts.

- Erin Adams, Asheville, NC

To Cindy and Family. Our love to you during this devastating time. We will miss him, his smile and joy of life. The sandbar outing with the pubs and Bella will remain a very special memory.

- Kate, Noel and Bella, Tybee Island, GA

Have known Barrett since high school, his brother Timmy and I graduated from Savannah High, what a great loss, he was a great friend, my prayers go out to the family, LaVida won’t be the same.

- Bobby Durden, Savannah, Georgia

Barrett was always the life of the party. He was full of spirit, wit,and humor. Prayers for Cindy and family. Cindy . he will always be looking over you. Love you both.

- Sheri W Parrish, Wilmington, NC

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I have known Barrett since well, forever!! The story’s that could be told and the memories that could be shared would take forever. Had to have been the late 60’s when the Welsh’s moved to Maupas Ave and from then on Joe and Barrett had an influence on my life, not always good but always fun!! Joe and Gunny will have a cold PBR waiting for you. RIP Barrett, you will be missed.

- Mark Overstreet, Richmond Hill, GA

Sending love and prayers for you all. Barrett was a dear friend and loved by all. We had so many laughs and fun traveling together. He will be missed. We love you.

- Barb & Kelly Miller, Highlands Ranch, Co

This news just breaks our hearts. The last time we laughed together. Sending our love to you and the girls.

- Jan and Walt Suter, SAVANNAH, GA

This news just breaks our hearts. The last time we laughed together. Sending our love to you and the girls.

- Jan and Walt Suter, SAVANNAH, GA

This news just breaks our hearts. The last time we laughed together. Sending our love to you and the girls.

- Jan and Walt Suter, SAVANNAH, GA

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Prayers for peace in your hearts and the comfort of sweet memories…

- Leah Colby Miller, Savannah, GA

so sorry to hear about this. barrett was such a nice person. loved playing golf with him and talking about the dawgs. hope his memories will ease the pain of your loss.

- tim tramell, savannah, ga

My deepest condolences. Thinking of y’all and praying you will find comfort in his memories.

- Tammy Poston, Savannah , Ga

RIP Barrett You will be missed.

- Cliff Welch , Savannah , Georgia

My condolences and prayers to the Welsh family. May you find some comfort in knowing others are keeping your family in our prayers.

- Klair Kenney Snellbaker, Fort Myers, FL

A wonderful man, taken too soon. We will miss his smile and good humor. RIP, Barrett, you will be missed by many.

- Cyndie Brake, Jacksonville, FL

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

- Carol & Bob Register, Savannah, GA

Rest in peace my friend. God has a plan for all of us.

- Mike Alberino, Savannah, Georgia

Cindy, Amber, Kelli and all the family: I am so very sorry for your sudden loss of such a joyous and large part of your life. May his spirit continue to be with now in this difficult time and all your days to come. Love Dianne

- Dianne DiBenedetto (Hope), Savannah, GA

My condolences to Cindy, the family and Barrett’s many, many friends. To me he will always be Coach Barrett. I remind him and Timmy of that every time I see them… usually at Docs. Coach Barrett and “the Saturday morning window climb” will always be a fond memory from my childhood (Timmy knows the details). I smile at this thought while at the same time I am saddened by our loss. I’m sorry I am unable to be in Savannah tomorrow to be with his family and friends. I hope all will celebrate the life Barrett shared with all of us as we mourn our loss. God Bless you, Coach.

- Bill Hussey, Jackson, MS

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Barrett is one of most good-natured guys I have ever known, and always a pleasure to associate with. He will be missed by many but not forgotten. God bless.

- Mike McCord, Mount Pleasant, SC

Dear Betty, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. God be with you.

- Lori Harris, Savannah, GA

Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Welsh family. Barrett will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

- Patrick Marklew, Leasburg, NC

Cindy I'm so sorry to hear about Barrett. If there is anything you need please let me know. My prayers for the entire family during this tough time. Linda Fitzgerald

- Linda Fitzgerald, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry Cindy! I know nothing I can say will help with the sadness you are feeling. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! He will be missed! Barrett and Cindy were my neighbors for many many years ! Always there when you need them and many good times celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day, and watching the Georgia Dawgs ! Rest In Peace. Godspeed !

- Julie Clendenen, Pooler, GA

Sincere condolences to Cindy and family.

- Crisley , Savannah , GA

Betty...Jim and I are sad to learn of your brother's passing. Please know we have you and your family in our hearts and prayers. hugs, Ann

- Jim and Ann Higbee, Skaneateles, New York

Sally, I am so sorry to hear of Barrett"s passing. I worked with him at Memorial in Computer Services. I think he was still in high school. I remember he was a lot of fun and a good kid. I know he will be missed.

- Lynn Bailey, Collins, Ga

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Prayers for you and your family. We loved meeting him at last reunion.

- Petra S, Coral Springs , Fl

Cindy and family, Cindy, I am so sorry and shocked, Barrett always laughing and joking when I ran into y’all. The good times at Icemans. Going to Bulldogs game with y’all & Gunny. Love you, praying for all family, Julie & Eddie Paige

- Paige, Savannah, GA

Our love, prayers and sincere condolences for the loss of Barrett. He always treated like I was one his favorite people, no matter the time between seeing each other. He will be greatly missed. We are put of town, but know our prayers are with you all.

- Howard and Gina Kempf, Savannah, GA

Please know that Betty’s many friends at SCC are keeping your family in our prayers.

- Sherry Leblang , Savannah , Georgia

Barrett was a good and loyal friend and a charter member of the Daffin Park kids. Having known Barrett all my life and competing in ball games both with Barrett and against him, it was ALWAYS better to be on his side. You stood a higher chance of winning and a lower chance of getting punched in the mouth. Rest in Peace my buddy,you earned it.

- Mike Finocchiaro, Savannah, hA

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RIP Barrett. Very caring and loving person!! My condolences to the family.

- The VonWaldner’s, Savannah, Georgia

Cindy, Sally, Betty, Jimmy and Timmy, I'm so very sorry for your loss of Barrett. He was such a Great man. We've been friends for 40 years. Everytime I saw him at Lavida or at the Knights on St. Patrick's day he always had a Big Smile on his face. He and Cindy were both good friends to me. And he really had big heart when came to his dogs. And I will truly miss him. May he RIP. I send my Sincere condolence to all of you.

- Sally Hodged, Savannah , Ga

He was a great man! I’m sorry for your loss!

- jenise sample, Savannah, Ga

Our sincerest condolences to Barrett's family.

- Tiffany & Money, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Cindy and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we are so sorry we could not come to Savannah for Barrett's service. He was such a fun loving guy and words cannot express our sympathy. I will cherish the fond memories on Tybee, St. Patrick's day, and the KofC.

- Marsha and Johnny Kameron, Augusta, Ga

Deepest condolences to the family! Lots of cold beer was passed around & fun times w/Barrett, Joe, Timmy, Jimmy, and my cousins! Great memories of K of C, St Patrick’s Day, and softball games he was a leader and fun to be around! RIP!

- Mark Buttimer , Lake Oconee , Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Graveside Service
  • 11:30 a.m. on Fri, October 01, 2021
  • Catholic Cemetery
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