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PITTSFIELD -- Bruce M. Welch, 47, passed away unexpectedly from a tragic accident on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Pittsfield.

Bruce was born on June 15, 1965, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, the son of Maurice Bradford and Delina (Paradis) Terrio. He attended Newport Elementary and graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1984. As a youth, he was baptized at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Pittsfield. He held multiple positions at Pike Industries in Fairfield and was employed by them for more than 20 years.

Bruce was a very likable guy, always smiling and had a strong work ethic. He enjoyed attending the stock car races and driving his recently purchased go-kart at Thundering Valley Raceway in St. Albans. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing with his family and friends. He loved spending time with family and friends and appreciated all the simpler things in life. He was selfless; always putting others first.

He is survived by his son, Corey Welch, and his companion, Jessica Girroir, of Pittsfield; his soon-to-be born grandchild; his companion, Gale Lizzotte, of Pittsfield, and her two sons, Jon and Derrick; mother Delina "Dee" Terrio of Newport; brother Steven Welch and wife Lucy, of Newport; sisters Deborah Welch, of Bangor, and Brenda Welch, of Newport; half brother Robert Bradford; half sister Marsha Bradford; uncle Tim Paradis and wife Carol, of Newport; aunts Lillian Sawyer, of Corinna, and Nancy Bellfleur, of Pittsfield; great aunt Mary Jane Alan, of Newington, Conn.; friend and mother of Corey, Tammy Faloon, of Newport; dearest friends Tom McNeil, Sandy Wishart and the Brooks family, all of Pittsfield; several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Maurice Bradford; stepfather Harold Terrio; father-in-law Galen Faloon; grandparents Emile and Clarissa Paradis; godparents Vic and Louise Poulin; uncle Ernest "Red" Paradis; uncle Robert Bellfleur and extended family members, Eugene and Hazel Welch and Leland Welch.

A celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with prayers offered at 2:30 p.m., by Deacon David Denbow, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield.

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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

Published in Central Maine on Jan. 5, 2013