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Alburgh, VT — Wesley H. Aspinwall, 66, of Alburgh, Vt., and Epping, N.H., passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Respite House in Williston, Vt., after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. He spent his final hours surrounded by his loving family and his final months looking out at Lake Champlain.

Wesley was born the son of the late Charles G. and Velma Aspinwall. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Susan, both of Alburgh and Epping; his son, Carl and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, of Westford, Mass.; and his sister, Alma (Dan) Scaggs of Mexico, N.Y. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, David Buck of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; his aunt, Charlotte Hay of Oneonta, N.Y.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

Wesley grew up in Mexico, N.Y., and developed a love of boating at the family camp on Lake Ontario. After graduating high school in Mexico, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from SUNY Oneonta in 1969. He met his future wife, Barbara, in college, and they celebrated 45 years of marriage this past June.

Wesley taught Earth Science in New York State before joining Edward N. Herbert Assoc. in New Hampshire. He purchased the business in 1981, and recently sold it to Mr. Peter Zohdi, his business partner of 30 years. In addition to his profession and devotion to family, he was involved in the community in a number of ways, most notably as chairperson and member of the Leddy Center Board of Directors.

Wes lived his life fully, even when cancer was taking its toll. The year 2013, saw him climb Camel's Hump Mountain in Vermont with Carl and Elizabeth in May, serve as Best Man at their wedding in August, and help build a deck in September. He is remembered as a “genuine nice guy always willing to help others, especially if there was a boat to be launched, or a tree to be cut down.”

We are deeply grateful to our Vermont and New Hampshire friends, to our family both near and far, to prayers by so many both locally and throughout the country, and to the VNA of Grand Isle and Chittenden Counties in Vermont for their support and guidance. We are also grateful for the staff at the Respite House in Williston, Vt., who gave Wes wonderful care during his brief time there.

ARRANGEMENTS: Per Wes's request, a private memorial service will be held at his home on Lake Champlain, date to be determined. Donations may be made to either the VNA, or Respite House, or to The Leddy Center in Epping, N.H.
Published on  July 17, 2014
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