John F. Weymouth, 86

John Weymouth

John Weymouth

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — John Frederick Weymouth, 86, of Fayette-ville, North Carolina, passed away at home on Monday evening, Feb. 23, 2015.

Born John Frederick Weymouth on Feb. 24, 1928, in Bridgton, he was the second child of the late Roy Harvard and Mary O. Smith Weymouth.

He grew up in North Bridgton, where he attended grade school and freshman year at Bridgton Academy but, for lack of tuition for the next year and, like many others at that time, found work and family took precedence over furthering his high school education. In 1970, he attended classes to complete a GED prep course in Middletown, Conn. A few months later he took the final exam and proudly received his GED certificate.

In 1945, John enlisted in the U.S. Army. After basic training he was stationed at the former concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, where he worked for the U.S. War Crimes Court as a mechanic and then driver.

He met his wife, Anneliese Schaefer, while stationed in Germany, where they married in Munich in 1948. They left shortly after to reside in Bridgton.

In 1951, John and Anneliese moved to Hartford, Conn., where John was hired as a machinist toolmaker for jet engines at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft (now United Technologies Corporation) in East Hartford, Conn., where he retired after 37 and a half years.

In 1954, John bought their first home in Middletown, Conn., where they spent the next 40 years and raised three children. In 1994, John and his wife sold their home in Middletown and moved to Fayetteville, N.C.

John was very creative and he would spend his free time fixing cars or building something in his workshop. In the 1970s he spent many weekends over several years building a cabin in Stoneham. Over the next 40 years he and Anneliese spent time every year at the cabin. John also had a lifelong interest in airplanes, and got his pilot’s license in 1974. He co-owned a Piper Tri-pacer for a few years.

John is survived by his wife Anneliese of N.C.; son Roy Weymouth and daughter-in-law Deborah of N.Y.; daughters Susan Weymouth of Va., and Jacqueline and son-in-law Garson Moser of Pa.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves a nephew Jack Chandler, and niece Laurie Severance, both of Bridgton.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Elizabeth Clee of Tenn., and Grace Chandler of Bridgton.

There will be a graveside service at Forest Hills Cemetery on Kansas Road in Bridgton, on Friday, July 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of life reception will immediately follow the service at the Bridgton Alliance Church.

Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a donation in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) at www.alzfdn.org

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