James Joseph Welsh, 80, passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends, under the care of Big Bend Hospice at St. James Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carrabelle, on Tuesday afternoon, June 26, 2018.

He was born in Granite City, Illinois on Jan. 1, 1938 to the late James and Alice Key Welsh.

He was retired from the state of Florida, after working for many years in an administrative role.

Jim was a longtime columnist for the Apalachicola Times, faithfully authoring the column Lanark News for many years.

Jim was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Lanark Village. He was a member of the Apalachicola Knights of Columbus, of which he was a former district deputy.

He is survived by one sister, Patricia Welsh Bentley, of Winter Haven, and two brothers, Gerald Welsh, of Eugene, Oregon, and Thomas Earl Welsh.

He is predeceased by his parents.

Per his wishes, Jim was cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be sent to Sacred Heart Church in Lanark Village, or to Big Bend Hospice.