OAKHAM- Wesley Howard Dwelly,84, passed away on Saturday, May 22,2021 in St. Vincent Hospital with his wife by his side. He was born on the family farm in Oakham, the son of Robert C. and Sarah A. (Watson) Dwelly and was a lifelong resident of the town.
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He leaves his wife of 43 years, Marcia D. (Potter) Dwelly, sons Wesley Dwelly Jr and his wife Wipha of Arizona, Greg Dwelly and his wife Cindy of New Braintree, and a daughter, Robin Oliver and her husband Richard of Worcester/Oakham. He also leaves two step-children, Kelly Stimson of Oakham and Sean O’Connor and his wife Kimberly of California. Grandchildren, Lindsay Oliver and her husband Evan Redden, Kayte and Megan Oliver, Jessica and Jeremy Dwelly, Valerie Dalton, and Sam Harvey, Damon and Meriel O'Connor. One great grandchild, Hunter Redden. A sister in law, Pauline Dwelly and nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his dog Ace. Wes was predeceased by four brothers, Robert, Philip, Norman and Ralph and a sister Edna Parker.
Wesley graduated from North Brookfield High School and attended Worcester Junior College. He worked for the former Whitco Chemical Co. as a Lab Technician and Plant foreman for eleven years. Wes served the Town of Oakham as Highway Superintendent for 25 years, he also served as Tree Warden, on the Cemetery Committee, the Board of assessors and as an Agent for the Board of Health. His great interest in the town and its welfare caused him to serve on the Ware River Watershed Committee, the Oakham Historical Commission and as a Director for the Oakham Historical Association.
After retiring Wes did much research on the lost town of Coldbrook, he completed a map of the former village and many photos and information regarding it. He led several historical walks through the area. His greatest interest however was in growing Atlantic Giant Pumpkins. In 2008 he won at the Topsfield Fair and that pumpkin was featured on the David Letterman Show. He and Marcia met many wonderful pumpkin growers over the years and enjoyed going to fairs and weigh-offs. Wes was a Model A Ford enthusiast, having owned several of these cars over his lifetime. He had been working on restoring a 1931 Modell A Ford for the past year.
Wes and Marcia enjoyed traveling, especially to the warm island of Aruba in the winter. They also visited many National Parks, enjoyed cruising, and took a special trip to Sicily to meet some of Marcia’s family.
Calling Hours will be held on Friday, June 11,2021 from 4 -7 PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre. The funeral service for Wesley will be held on Saturday,June 12,2021 at 11:00AM in the Oakham Congregational Church in Oakham. Burial will be private for the family. Please omit flowers. Donations may be made in Wesley’s name to the ATA (American Tinnitus Association), P. O. Box 424049, Washington, DC 20042-4049, or to an Animal Rescue Shelter of your choice.