Davie L. Wightman
WESTFIELD — Davie L. Wightman, 75, of Westfield, N.Y., and Sun City Center, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at Westfield Memorial Hospital, with family by his side. He was born March 8, 1947, in Wellsville, N.Y., the third child of Richard Burton Wightman and Rosemary Green Wightman.
Davie was raised in Andover, N.Y., and moved to what he considered the urban metropolis of Westfield in 1973 with his wife and children.
After he retired from working as a carpenter, he and his wife wintered in Florida, for several years where he loved the winter warmth and sun.
Davie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rose; his daughters: Melissa Janidlo (Patrick) and Jennifer Shearer (Kenneth Jr.); grandchildren: Michael Janidlo (Josephine Winter), Kenneth Shearer III, Samuel Janidlo, Joseph Shearer, Char Janidlo, Sophia Shearer and Olivia Shearer. His siblings: Gary Wightman, Gail Wightman-Bouldin, and Joan Whelpley also survive as well as many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. He valued the concept of extended family and followed the adventures of relatives near and far.
In his early years in Andover, Davie was a very active and committed member of the Andover Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, where he was an EMT and officer of the organization. With his wife he trained rescue squad members for the American Red Cross.
He graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and used his artistic training in designing and making custom furniture pieces for his wife and daughters. He used walnut and cherry wood from the yard in Westfield for some of those pieces.
Davie had been a lifetime member of the NRA, and a lifetime member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club. Each grandchild was given its own child size fishing pole at birth and invited to fish with Grandpa as soon as they were able and willing. The favorite fishing spot for the first trip out was the Westfield Fish and Game Club.
According to Davie’s wishes, there will be no visitation or formal service. He loved the outdoors and living with nature, so the family and friends will gather later at a favorite spot.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Westfield Memorial Hospital for the outstanding compassionate care provided during his final days.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to any of the dedicated volunteer rescue squads in Chautauqua County, New York or Sun City Center, Fla., or to the Westfield Fish and Game Club.