Wirt C. Thayer

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Middletown, R.I. - Wirt Cummings Thayer, of Blenheim Newport Senior Living, Middletown, formerly of Greenough Place, Newport, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Forest Farm Health Care Center in Middletown.

He was the husband of the late Shirley Munroe Thayer.

Born in Bristol, N.H., on March 31, 1923, he was the son of the late Harold T. and Gladys (Keene) Thayer.

Mr. Thayer graduated from high school in Bristol, N.H. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947. He served as an naval officer for 23 years in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of commander.

He taught for a brief period of time at the Tiverton Junior/Senior High. He was also employed as the office manager of the Newport Daily News from 1971 to 1989.

He served as president and treasurer of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, Newport, and was a member of VFW and American Legion, in Bristol, N.H.

Mr. Thayer enjoyed bowling and skiing and was an avid tennis player. He was also active as the vice president and head usher of the Channing Memorial Church.

He is survived by his children, Brooks Thayer and his wife, Linda, of Saunderstown, Marc Thayer and his wife, Laurie, of Middletown, William Thayer and his wife, Betsy, of Bristol, N.H., Thomas Thayer and his wife, Priscilla, of Portsmouth, R.I., and Susan Thayer and her husband, Tim Cropley of Waterbury, Vt. Mr. Thayer also leaves six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was the brother of the late Margaret Sword and Miriam Stoops.


services: Calling hours will be held Monday, Feb. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Hambly Funeral Home, 30 Red Cross Ave., Newport. His memorial service will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. in Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., Newport.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., Newport 02840.

Information and directions are available at memorialfuneralhome.com.

Published in Union Leader on Feb. 10, 2013
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