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Davie L. Wightman

WESTFIELD – Davie L. Wightman, 75, of Westfield, NY, and Sun City Center, Florida, died Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Westfield Memorial Hospital, with his family by his side. He was born March 8, 1947 in Wellsville, NY, the third child of Richard Burton Wightman and Rosemary Green Wightman.

Davie grew up in Andover, NY, and moved to what he considered the urban metropolis of Westfield in 1973 with his wife and children.

After retiring from his job as a carpenter, he and his wife wintered in Florida for several years, where he loved the winter warmth and sun.

Davie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rose; his daughters: Melissa Janidlo (Patrick) and Jennifer Shearer (Kenneth Jr.); grandchildren: Michael Janidlo (Josephine Winter), Kenneth Shearer III, Samuel Janidlo, Joseph Shearer, Char Janidlo, Sophia Shearer and Olivia Shearer. His siblings: Gary Wightman, Gail Wightman-Bouldin and Joan Whelpley also survive as well as numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed the concept of extended family and followed the adventures of relatives near and far.

During his early years at Andover, Davie was a very active and committed member of the Andover Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, where he served as a paramedic and organization officer. Along with his wife, he trained members of the American Red Cross Rescue Team.

He graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and used his artistic training to design and build custom furniture for his wife and daughters. He used walnut and cherry wood from the Westfield yard for some of these pieces.

Davie had been a life member of the NRA and a life member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club. Each grandchild was given their own child-sized fishing rod at birth and invited to fish with Grandpa as soon as they were able and willing. The favorite fishing spot for the first trip was the Westfield Fish and Game Club.

Per Davie’s wishes, there will be no formal visitation or service. He loved the outdoors and living with nature, so family and friends would later gather at a favorite spot.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Westfield Memorial Hospital for the exceptional care provided with compassion during his final days.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to one of the dedicated volunteer rescue teams at Chautauqua County, New York or Sun City Center, Florida, or the Westfield Fish and Game Club.


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