As many of you know, our father Harold Westerman died in Orono, Maine, in December 2011. He had a mailing list of many folks from his years as Coach and Athletic Director at UMO, as Uncle Westy at Wavus, and as a friend and neighbor to many people in Orono and in Vero Beach, Florida. We want to take this opportunity to share the loss of this man of great vitality and integrity with those of you he valued so highly. He considered it a privilege to know each and every one of you. So this mailing provides a link to his obituary and an article in the Bangor Daily News Sports Section, as well as a link to his son David’s personal website.
A memorial service for Dad will be held in Orono on Saturday, August 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Orono United Methodist Church (36 Oak Street), followed by a reception. Any additional information about the memorial will be posted on David’s site. We hope to see many of you there. If you are planning to attend, we would appreciate an RSVP to Sandy Westerman, P. O. Box 608, Port Orford, OR 97465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for all of you and the wonderful ways in which you enriched Dad’s life and ours.
Sandy, Pam, David and Gary Westerman
Article from the Sports Section of the Bangor Daily News</strong>
Dear Westerman Family-
“Through and beyond, Westy would instruct. Pay attention to the details.” A key lesson learned on the field that carried throughout my life. Thank you Westy, what a great mentor.
Harry Simmons, Class of 1962 and member of the 1961 football team.
Dear Westerman Family,
So So sorry of your dad”s death. Was very sad when I saw his obbituary in the paper. My husband give you our condolences to all of the family. Love you all,
Jackie and Stu
Gary and Family, I yield to no man expressing my sympathy at the passing of you dad. Other than my own father he was the finest man I ever knew. He was always embarrassed when I introduced him to friends that way. I’m sure Westy had flaws as do all humans but I never saw them in him. My association with him (UMaine student athletic trainer and councelor at Wavus Camp 69′ and 70′) were some of the most memorable times of my live. I know he was responsible for my hiring as an athletic trainer at UConn, where I spent my entire career, met my future wife and raised my family. I have no idea what my life path would have been without him. I’m ashamed that I didn’t keep closer touch with him these last many years but not many days ever past that I didn’t think about him and Wavus etc. Again, my deepest sympathy. Ralph Mansell
Never met a better man. He did so much for me that there was no way that “thank you” was adequate.
I spent my entire coaching career trying to pay him back by trying treat my players the same way he treated all of his players. Couldn’t be more proud than when I told people I played for Westy.
A great life lived, thank you Coach Westy. You will be missed by all who knew you.