Annas Wayne Welsh, Jr, 62, known by most as Wayne, passed away on October 30, 2022.
Wayne was born in Arlington, Virginia on August 24, 1960 to Lynne Schooley and Annas Wayne Welsh, Sr, though most of his young life was spent raised by his grandparents, George and Frances Coppage. Wayne was a bit of a nomad in his young adult years, and he spent time in a few different states before arriving in Florida.
Wayne met Linda Wheelock in 1992, and though they never married, she was the love of his life for the next 30 years. At their time of meeting, Linda was a mother to two children, Bryan and younger sister, aged 5 and 10 at the time, whom he grew to love and raise as his own children. In January of 1994, they welcomed the first child of their own into the world, Samantha, and went on to have Irish twins when their son, Tre, was born in December of that same year. While Wayne often used the term “tough love” to describe his parenting style, his children have their own memories of their childhood to reflect on; whether it was the fond adventures of camping and theme parks, or attributing their outlook on life and ability to succeed to their upbringing.
A musician to his core, Wayne was also a lead singer/songwriter for many years in a Southern Rock band, Stranded, where he spent many days and nights performing in local venues. He was a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, dabbling in many different things throughout his life, including boat dock building many of Pasco County’s residential, shoreline structures. Wayne also loved Harley Davidson’s and fishing.
Many knew Wayne to be a bit of a “rough diamond” as he would call it, but he has always had a soft spot for two things: the family he built and animals. He was sarcastic, witty, and at times, bull-headed, but the love he had for his family was always present. He and Linda spent their final months together reminiscing on their children and the pride they felt in who they’d become.
“I am prepared to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” -Winston Churchill