ADT colleagues mourn passing of Bill Welch


I did not know Bill Welch, a longtime ADT’s employee, who passed away May 31, but I received several nice tributes to Bill from friends and colleagues. He was obviously well liked and respected during the 30-plus years he worked at ADT.

Mike Meacham, a former ADT associate of Bill Welch said: “Bill started as a service tech with no formal training and advanced through the ranks of ADT to become the president of the Southeast Group prior to his retirement. But throughout his career and his many company achievements he was one of the few folks I have worked with to rise to the levels he did without truly ever forgetting where he started and where he came from,” Meacham wrote.

“He always interacted with everyone the same, whether it be the CEO of one of the nation's largest textile or banking companies to the newly hired installer or inspector. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. I, as well as many at ADT, and throughout the industry, mourn his passing and will always remember him with many fond memories,” Meachem said.

Erich Schappeler, group director at ADT Security Services, had this to say:  “In my 36 years, Bill was one of the most respected individuals in the company.”

Jay Hauhn, ADT chief technology officer, called Welch a “true gentlemen and one of the most genuine people I have ever met in my career.” He echoed Meachem’s comments:  “Around 1982, when I was a very low-level manager out of the corporate office, I had occasion to visit his office. He met me personally, spent an incredible amount of time with me and treated me like I was a senior exec that was visiting his office.”

According to an online obituary, William John Welch, 73, of Covington, Ga. was born June 1, 1937. He was an Army veteran and a member of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Decatur. He loved fishing and farming. He is survived by his wife: Shirley B. Welch, Lawrenceville; children: Scott & Teresa Welch, Highland, NC; Pat & Paige Welch, Dawsonville; sister: Vera Ann Tyson, Duluth; grandchildren: Chris Welch, Brittany Welch, Addison Welch, Hannah Burdette, Skye Welch; great grandchild: Blaine Welch; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services were held this past weekend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, Georgia Affiliate, 17 Executive Park Drive, NE # 115, Atlanta, Georgia 30329