Tuesday, August 06, 2013

In memory of Field Staffer Jim Welch

Jim Welch, with son James and Darla the Dog
On July 6, we learned that our colleague, Collections Field Staffer Jim Welch, had passed away early that morning. The health conditions for which he’d recently sought treatment turned out to be more severe than anyone might have imagined.

Jim joined the Division of Solid Waste Services about 15 years ago as a volunteer. An enthusiastic recycler at home, it was second-nature for him to share his knowledge with residents at local events. When he spoke of composting, he proudly shared stories about the rich soil he had patiently developed in his own garden. When the opportunity came, he accepted the position of volunteer program manager.

After several years with the volunteer program, Jim moved his outreach experience into another role within the Division, becoming part of the Collections Field Staff team. With his strong recycling education experience, and skills from a previous retail job, Jim kept his customers—residents receiving County-provided recycling and trash collection in his assigned neighborhoods—at the fore. His goal was to make things right for them.

He was constantly finding the best side of what he encountered! Above all, Jim was kind to everyone and anything that crossed his path.

Jim loved the environment, advocating for its health, and marveling in its beauty. He enjoyed traveling with his family to experience nature in near and in far-flung places.

One of those near places was right outside his house door. Every year, he’d purchase a live Christmas tree. After the holiday, he planted the tree outside. Twenty-five trees later, he’s got quite a stand out there!

Two of Jim's twenty five Christmas trees
Jim’s faithful commitment to those little actions which make a big difference makes it simple to honor his memory each time we follow his lead. Thanks, Jim!


  1. Anonymous6:49 AM

    We will miss his quirky humor. RIP Brother!

  2. Anonymous8:02 AM

    god bless Jim and his family . We'll mis him

  3. Anonymous8:38 AM

    He was a very, very kind person. I will miss hearing stories about his travels.

  4. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Jim was "Jimmy" when I met him at age 12, and though I watched his hair turn gray, he never lost his childhood wonder and ability to look at the world with a new and different perspective. Jim lives on in my heart as a unique person who lived life on his terms.

  5. I will miss you cousin! Thanks for all the great memories and funny moments!

  6. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Jim was a very good friend and co-worker. The best memory was at Christmas quite a few years ago Jim gave me a gift certificate for a crape myrtle and took it back and said it would be safer with him. O-well that was Jim, well on Easter Sunday Les and I were leaving the house to go over to have dinner with the kids. When we went outside there was a beautiful Carolina Red planted in our front yard. Every time I go outside I will remember my friend. Thanks Jim for the memory. You are truly missed.

  7. Anonymous8:41 AM

    My sweetie is 2 months gone today. I miss him every minute of everyday, but a few smiles are creeping in now and then when I think of the fun we had together.


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