Trafton C. Westleigh, 69

DENMARK — Trafton Carroll Westleigh, 69, of Denmark, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Bridgton Hospital. Known to many as “Skip,” he fought courageously to the end.

He was born in Mason Township on Sept. 14, 1945, the son of Ernest Edward Westleigh and Marjorie Leona Tibbetts. He grew up on the Flat Road in West Bethel, with many adventures assisted by family and friends. Skip worked in the woods doing “old-time logging” with his father Ernest Westleigh, grandfather Thomas Erastus Westleigh, and his uncle William Henry Westleigh.

During his senior year of high school, he worked the night shift at Kezar Falls Woolen Mill, and attended high school classes during the day. He was a graduate of Fryeburg Academy, Class of 1964, and participated in the 50th Class Reunion in 2014.

Skip worked as a foreman for Glen Builders of North Conway, N.H., for many years. His father, also a carpenter, influenced Skip’s work ethic, which he stated often, “Measure twice, cut once.” The homes and projects that Skip was involved with are still enjoyed by many, as are the many memories he created with those he worked with over the years. As a “Jack-of-all-trades,” there was no end to the list of Skip’s talents — builder, repair work, farmer, friend.

Skip was an avid hunter and sportsman, and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed his cats and cattle at home, as well as many other animals over the years. Skip was proud of accomplishing over thirty years of sobriety. He was humble, helpful, and giving in so many ways, especially to his granddaughters, whom he treasured with all of his heart. He was a member of the Denmark Volunteer Fire Department, Denmark Arts Center, and Denmark Historical Society.

He leaves behind his loving wife of nearly fifty years, Allene (Feindel) Westleigh; his mother Marjorie Westleigh; his son Edward A. Westleigh; his daughter Lois M. Bowden; his two granddaughters: Victoria Rand and her husband Buddy, and Corissa Westleigh and her husband Franklin; his grandson Ahban T.; his great-grandson Dorian; five sisters, Charlotte Avanzato, Lenora Conger and her husband Kevin, Lydia Lavallee and her husband Chuck, Roxanne Fields and her husband Francis (Skeeter), Heidi Mailman and her husband William; four brothers, Ernest (Raymond) Westleigh, Francis (Sam) Westleigh and his wife Sally, Richard Westleigh and his wife Linda and Zane Westleigh and his wife Christina; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Ernest Westleigh; two sisters, Lorena and Bethany; two brothers, Dale and Eugene; and brother-in-law, Ronald Avanzato.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 14, at 11:30 a.m., at the Flat Road Cemetery in West Bethel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridgton Hospital’s Comfort Care Program, 10 Hospital Drive, Bridgton, ME 04009. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

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