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Weld, John  
John "Jack" E. Weld 1944 - 2015 LEOMINSTER John "Jack" E. Weld, 70 years old, of Leominster, died Monday, Mar. 2, in his home after an illness. Jack was born August 29, 1944 in North Adams, son of Chauncey and Delia (Gagnon) Weld and had lived in Salem before moving here in 1979. He graduated from Drury High School in North Adams and attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He owned Northern Show Management in Leominster. Previously he worked in the radio broadcasting industry, first as host of the "Key-time" high school program at WMNB in North Adams, then worked at WHMP in Northampton, while attending UMass, WACE in Springfield and WMLO in Beverly. At the radio station in Beverly, at the age of 23, he was the youngest station manager in the country. He also published TV Facts Magazine in the Leominster area. Jack was a very active member of New Life Church in Leominster, where he was a board member. He was also a board member of Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center in Fitchburg. He traveled extensively with his family, enjoying trips to the Holy Lands and visiting the National Parks. He was an avid Lionel Train collector and enjoyed sharing his passion with others. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dawn S. (Canedy) Weld; two daughters, Robin D. Elkins and her husband, Thomas, of Fitchburg, and Holly J. Lawson-Kirouac and her husband, Daniel, of Westminster; son, Shawn T. Weld of Gardner; brother, Richard Weld of Williamstown; sister-in-law, Debbie Day and her husband, Charles, of Townsend; five grandchildren, Jonathan Butler and his wife, Michelle, of Fitchburg, Hannah Martin and her husband, Troy, of Leominster, Kylie Weld of Gardner, Maurisa Weld of Gardner and Justin Lawson of Westminster. FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in New Life Church, 834 Main Street, Leominster. Burial will be in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 2 - 5 p.m. in the SILAS F. RICHARDSON SON FUNERAL HOME, 106 West Street, Leominster. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to either Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, 515 Main Street # 1000, Fitchburg, MA 01420 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 5, 2015
Wells, G. David  
G. David Wells 1944 - 2015 WEST BROOKFIELD G. David Wells, 70, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Mar. 2, after a period of declining health. He was born May 17, 1944, son of the late Alton R. and Helen Connors Wells. Mr. Wells served 38 years in education as a classroom teacher or principal at Massachusetts elementary schools in Lee, Otis, Warren, Hopkinton, and Holyoke. As one of his retirement endeavors, he recently authored and experienced the success of publishing his first book entitled TAME, Our Trusting Friend. David was active in Christian education programs and was a member of the Quaboag Valley Baptist Church in Brookfield. He was an avid golfer and found joy in skiing, fishing and spending time with his dog, Jiminy Cricket in the outdoors. He enjoyed traveling and visiting with his family and friends. He treasured following and being involved in the activities of his grandchildren, including coaching youth basketball. He leaves his children, Heidi Wells Goyette and her friend, Dana Merrill, Peter Wells and spouse, Shelie, and Todd Wells; grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan Goyette, Jaxon and Kaden Wells, and Hunter and Jamie Wells; a brother, John E. Wells; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Patricia Turner. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Claudia Wells. David was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Jane A. (Stutz) Wells; a son, Geoffrey Bert Wells; a grandson, Camden Pierce Wells; a brother, Robert A. Wells; and a nephew, Keith Wells. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in the Quaboag Valley Baptist Church, 175 Fiskdale Rd. in Brookfield. Calling hours will be held Sunday, March 8, from 3 - 6 p.m. in the VARNUM FUNERAL HOME, INC., 43 East Main St., West Brookfield. Burial will be in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery in West Brookfield. Flowers may be sent or memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, Inc., P.O. Box 136 , East Brookfield, MA 01515.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 5, 2015
Wheeler, Roberta  
Roberta Lucy Wheeler SERVICES GREAT BARRINGTON A memorial service celebrating the life of Roberta "Bobbie" Wheeler will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 1p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington, conducted by the Rev. Richard Hayes, Chaplain with HospiceCare in the Berkshires. Bobbie passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox. She is survived by her sister, Jean Blackmur of Santa Rosa, Calif.; daughter, Molly Mullin and granddaughters, Frances and Dorothy Mullin-Saunders of Carrboro, N.C.; her son, Mark Mullin, and granddaughter, Lucy Mullin, of Daytona Beach, FL; as well as by many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert K. Wheeler, and Hazel MacDonald Wheeler; a sister, Margaret Waldron, and a daughter, Patricia Wheeler Mullin. Donations in her memory may be made to the Great Barrington Historical Society or to the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To view the full obituary or send remembrances to her family go to : www.finnertyandstevens.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 1, 2015
Whitney, James  
James Whitney 1932 - 2015 NORTH ADAMS Mr. James Lawson "Skip" Whitney, 82 of 5 Whitman St. died Sunday March 1, 2015 at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in North Adams, MA on May 24, 1932, son of Sceva E. and Elspeth (Lawson) Whitney. He attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1951. Skip was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the US Army with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was employed at Whitney's Beverage Shop for many years until his retirement in 2003. His true love was training and racing horses, especially at Green Mountain Race Track and later at Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park in NH. Skip was also a part-owner of the Empire Building in North Adams with his late brother, Bill. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of North Adams. Skip was a member of the Frank R. Stiles Post #125 American Legion and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. Survivors include his wife, Anne (Young) Whitney whom he married on February 20, 1971. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews including his godson, Brayton H. Whitney. He was the last of his immediate family and was pre-deceased by three sisters and seven brothers including, Margaret Dennis, Helen Dion, and Jean Gomeau; and the Rev. Kenneth Whitney, Clinton E. Whitney, R. Donald Whitney, Sceva E. Whitney Jr., John Whitney, Brayton Whitney, and William B. Whitney. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Skip Whitney will be Thursday March 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday morning from 9 to 11 a.m.. Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Women's Fellowship at the First Congregational Church in care of the funeral home. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com .
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 3, 2015
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