Edward T. Welsh, a retired Social Services caseworker, died Jan. 22 in Bert Fish Memorial Center, New Smyrna, Fla. He was 96.
Born on Staten Island, he earned a bachelor's degree at Fordham University.
Active in Irish-American politics, he ran unsuccessfully for the New York City Council in 1940.
During World War II, he was an inspector in the War Shipping Administration. He moved to Southern California in 1951 and to Buffalo in the early 1960s.
Mr. Welsh worked for the Erie County Department of Social Services for 15 years. He was a lector at St. Paul Catholic Church in Kenmore.
His wife of 57 years, Susan B. Swanton Welsh, died in 1991.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, the former Catherine Dumas; three sons, Edward T. Jr. of Los Angeles, Brian O. of Weston, Conn., and Kevin E. of California; three daughters, Sue A., Tara and Brenda, all of California; a brother, Raymond of Schenectady; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. June 9 in St. Paul Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.