Oskar A. Hellwig, 87, of Westerly, Passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Westerly Hospital. He was the husband of Eva Elfrieda (Berg) Hellwig. Born in Asipovicy, Belarus. On March 5, 1934. He was the son of the late Christian and Irene (Belanovich) Hellwig.
Immigrating as a child Oskar spent time in Poland and Germany before his parents were sponsored and offered jobs in Springfield Massachusetts. He attened Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, joined the U.S. Army and then finished his education at Western New England College.
Oskar became a highly sought-after mechanical Engineer in the leather goods industry. He was employed by the Buxton leather Goods Co. and Valkyrie Co. where he used his talents to create numerous innovative design and application firsts. Oskar enjoyed athletics and competition of all kinds. He especially enjoyed following his grandson Logan's swimming career, attending as many meets as possible. He was an accomplished tennis and soccer player, playing both sports for the U.S. Army. While in the Army he drove a tank, was a linguist (he spoke four languages) and enjoyed traveling throughout Europe when on leave, where he met his wife. As a teenager Oskar spent vacations on Misquamicut beach and dreamt of making Westerly home one day. He achieved that goal in 1976 moving his family from Springfield to Westerly and in doing so found Shelter Harbor. Even though tenacity and hard work (two jobs for much of his life) were the keys to his success he never took anything for granted and always considered himself lucky to have landed in Shelter Harbor. He spent much of his retirement traveling the world and supporting his family in anyway he could. He could always be counted on by family and friends.
Besides his wife Eva, he leaves behind three sons; Morton ( Wife; Jennifer), Roland and Edgar, his three grandchildren; Logan, Ethan and Elliot and his brother Olgert.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the St. Bonaventure Men's Swimming and Diving team
C/0 St. Bonaventure University
C/O Sean McNamee-Dept. of Athletics-BAF
P.O.Box G- Rielly Center
3261 West State Rd.
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
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Published by The Westerly Sun on Jun. 20, 2021.