Wesley George Marsh Sr. passed away December 1, 2019 in Ocala, FL, after a lengthy illness. He was born on January 11, 1937 at home on the family farm in Bliss, NY to George Albert Marsh and Doris Kahler Marsh. He is survived by his devoted wife of 24 years Karla (Brown) Marsh; five incredible children, in whom he instilled a strong work ethic at an early age: Wesley (Cheryl) Marsh Jr., Scott (Mary) Marsh, Dale (MaryAnn) Marsh, Karen Marsh, Bradley (Patricia) Marsh; three brothers: Albert (Margaret) Marsh, Stanley (Christine) Marsh, Robert (Doris) Marsh; nine grandchildren: Natalie Marsh, Whitney (Nathan) Nichols, Alexandra (David) Muirhead, Spenser (Jamie Hardy) Marsh, Bethany Marsh, Melody (John) Moore, Jaqueline (Lee) Alford, Michael Marsh, Patrick Marsh; nine great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews, sisters and brothers in law. He was predeceased by an infant son, and a sister.
After graduating from Cornell University with a Master’s Degree, Wes began his professional career teaching agriculture mechanics in northern NY, moving to Nunda after a few years where he became active in politics and was the fire chief for several years. He spent the last 20 years of his working life as a labor relations specialist for New York State United Teachers, negotiating contracts for teachers and fighting for their rights. He was a life-long democrat, always advocating for the less fortunate.
After retiring, Wes and Karla spent winters in Ocala, Florida, where he enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and cruising. His passion, however , was his off-grid cabin on Cranberry Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains, where he spent his summers surrounded by his family and friends. He considered Club Turkey his home, and we cherish the memories.
There will be a celebration of life at the convenience of the family next summer. Donations may be made to the Cranberry Lake Boat Club, Cranberry Lake Fire Department, or the Nunda Fire Department in his name.