BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Visiting hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 30 at the Galloway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge and services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 1 at the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church for Somerset Hills civic leader and restaurateur Jack Welch.
Welch had just celebrated his 66th birthday on Sunday, June 23 and suffered a heart attack on the golf course on Tuesday, June 25.
He was a graduate of Ridge High School in Bernards Township and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Welch was a fixture in the Somerset Hills business community and has been recognized for his contribution to local charities. He was recently recognized at the Somerset Hills YMCA SPIRIT Awards event with the lifetime achievement award. He was a Community Advisory Board member and a former member of its Board of Directors.
Jack Welch was one of the founders of Growth Enterprises, an area restaurant and catering chain that includes the Famished Frog in Morristown, Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph Township the Bamboo Grille in Basking Ridge, Readington Roadhouse in Whitehouse Station. and the Thirsty Turtle originally in Bernardsville and now in Florham Park. Growth formerly included the Store Restaurant, in Basking Ridge, and Willie's Tavern in Bedminster.
He was a founding director of Growth Bank, a recipient of a Centennial Award at the 100th anniversary of The Bernardsville News in 1997, as a leading community businessman and was active in the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in Bernards Township.
He is survived by his wife, Judi Logan Welch, and daughters Amy Baisley and husband, Michael, Molly Welch, and Emily Welch.