In Memory of Rich Welsh

In memory of Rich Welsh

Richard S. Welsh

March 1, 1963 – November 19, 2019


Rich worked at Pitt for over 25 years; 17 of those dedicated to FIS.  Rich was an excellent leader and an innovative developer. He was always there to guide his team through challenging projects and problem solving, and would lend a helping hand no matter the situation. Rich had a strong work ethic, but loved to talk about Pittsburgh sports, especially hockey, with his coworkers.

He is survived by his son, Richie, his long-time girlfriend, Tina, and three stepchildren.


  • By Carol Zielinski 22 Nov 2019

    It has been a pleasure working beside Rich these 17+ years. He was smart, funny, and dedicated to his work; frequently taking action beyond expectations. He was a caring and thoughtful manager, coworker, and friend. I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace Rich.

  • By Brian Samec 22 Nov 2019

    I didnt work directly with Rich very often as we were in different areas of FIST, but I did get to travel with him to a conference a few years ago as well share a few conversations with him in the office. In those times I can say Rich was a great guy, super knowledgable, and friendly. Rich was also in the office really early in the mornings the same way I was. It will be strange not hearing the office door open that time of morning. Rest in Peace Rich

  • By John Scifo 22 Nov 2019

    On the few projects we worked together on Rich was very knowledgeable about what the goals were and how to achieve them and willing to work together for a common goal. Personally every interaction whether it be in a meeting or passing in the hallways of the Cathedral was nice. Rest In Peace Rich.

  • By Julie Cursi 22 Nov 2019

    It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Rich. He always had a smile, warm words, funny stories, and so many great ideas and helpful solutions when I needed his advice. He was a wonderful person, and I will miss him very much.

  • By James L Tyler 22 Nov 2019

    Rich was always helpful. He was a remarkable person and I learned a lot working with him. I remember when I introduced him to Angry Orchard hard cider and he didn’t like cider’s that much, but he always reminded me that, he did enjoy that brand. Rich was dedicated to his job and a model employee of FIS. It hurts that he has passed on. When you spend most of your waking hours with your colleagues, you don’t realize how interpersonal your relationships are, until moments like this. I feel like I lost a relative, because my co-workers are like extended family. Thanks Rich, for being such a cool person. I enjoyed our conversations, interactions, and collaborations. I will always have your family in my heart and prayers. You will always be remembered. Heaven gained another Angel this week and I pray that you rest in peace for all of eternity. God bless Rich, his family, friends, and colleagues.~Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~RWG~

  • By John Duska 22 Nov 2019

    When FIS undertook support for the Housing department in 2002, we were fortunate to add Rich to our team. Since that time, Rich’s technical skill and calm demeanor propelled him through several leadership positions. Rich was a great person and a fantastic employee. We will always remember him as an essential part of our team.

  • By Janie Ondo 23 Nov 2019

    In my many years with the university, I have endured the passing of two coworkers. The first was very early on and it was difficult to experience, to say the least. Rich’s passing has been unbearable as he was such a rock for his staff, team, organization, and customers that knew him well. Always a smile on his face and a goal in mind (no hockey pun intended). There was no challenge he would not face. We now have the biggest challenge ahead of us, and we will take his lead. He was a mentor, a friend, and like family. He will be dearly missed.

  • By Maya Bayer 23 Nov 2019

    I have been with FIS for almost 4 years. My first interaction with Rich was on the phone for my first interview. I considered it the best exchange I have had so far. His friendly personality shined through and meeting him face to face for the second interview only confirmed that he was going to be an amazing boss. Rich always smiled. His positive attitude was contagious. He was nice, attentive, caring and showed respect to everyone. Rich would say hi or start a conversation regardless of how many times we passed each other in the office hallways. He would rather come to your desk and talk to you personally then send you a skype message. When I needed help and sought advice, there was no doubt in my mind that he would have an answer and he always made me feel comfortable asking him. Rich was a friend, the pillar of our group, the link between all of us. Rich left an impact like no manager has. He leaves a huge void. I will miss him and will never forget him.

  • By Anthony DiGregorio 25 Nov 2019

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rich since 2002. Rich was a great coworker; he was easy going, hardworking, and personable. He had a positive energy about him and cared deeply about his work. I always enjoyed working with him and will be sorely missed.

  • By Carrie Armstrong 26 Nov 2019

    I was blessed to have known Rich for 13 years, not just as a colleague but as my friend. I will truly miss our daily “hellos”, our office collisions, and sharing stories of our kids’ adventures at Johnstown. Rich was one of the easiest to work with, always willing to lend a hand. He was well respected by his colleagues and a true leader within Pitt. His laugh and smile were contagious, and he has been an inspiration to so many of us. He was party of our FIS family and will be missed more than words can describe. It will never be the same, but he will never be forgotten.