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In loving memory of
Wesley George Marsh Sr.
  • January 11, 1937
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  • December 01, 2019

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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.

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  1. THOMAS E KRUG says:
    11 Feb 2020
    Karla, I just today heard the sad news of your and your great Family's huge loss. My deepest condolences. Tom Krug

  2. David B Haskell lit a candle:
    16 Dec 2019
    Lit since December 16, 2019 at 12:59:32 PM

  3. David B. Haskell says:
    16 Dec 2019
    I was fortunate to get to know Wes when Scott became part of my family. What a great guy he was! I have many memories of the time I spent at Cranberry ! No matter where or when, Wes always made you feel welcome. His family is a refelction of the best of Wes. My sympathy to all.


  4. James Wolinsky/Brenda Kemp lit a candle:
    15 Dec 2019
    Lit since December 15, 2019 at 12:59:42 PM

  5. Jayne Daley lit a candle:
    15 Dec 2019
    Lit since December 15, 2019 at 12:24:12 PM

  6. Martha Kransler says:
    15 Dec 2019
    I am saddened to hear if Wes’s passing. My sympathy to you and his family.

  7. Ray Samson says:
    15 Dec 2019
    My name is Ray Samson. In 1976, as the Regional Staff Director, I recommended that the NYS United Teachers (NYSUT) hire Wes Marsh as a Labor Relations Specialist (LRS) to work out of the NYSUT Rochester Regional Office. At that time, Wes lived in Nunda and was teaching at the Mt. Morris BOCES (Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming BOCES). He was the BOCES teacher union president at the time and very respected by his colleagues. As a NYSUT LRS, Wes began representing the teacher and school support staff unions in Livingston County by negotiating contracts, working on individual and local union grievances and representing the interests of the members in those locals on behalf of NYSUT. For about 20 years, until retirement, Wes was always a incredible advocate for everyone he represented and worked extremely hard and diligent in making sure that he got the best deal possible for all. I am glad he enjoyed his retirement with Karla living in Florida and Cranberry Lake. He had always loved the Adirondacks, especially, Cranberry Lake. I enjoyed working with Wes, as I know all of his NYSUT colleagues in the Rochester office did as well. God bless Wes and his family.

  8. Cindy Lupinetti lit a candle:
    13 Dec 2019
    Lit since December 13, 2019 at 12:49:15 PM

  9. Patricia McNally says:
    12 Dec 2019
    We were fortunate to have known Wes , in his and Karla’s winter home of Ocala, and to have spent some special times together. Meeting and befriending great people like him is the benefit of retirement. Losing them is the difficult part. He will be missed in our Summerglen family.

  10. Bob Brown says:
    11 Dec 2019
    My sympathies to your family. Wes was my instructor at Mt Morris years ago.

  11. Marjorie M Buchyn lit a candle:
    10 Dec 2019
    Lit since December 10, 2019 at 12:50:01 PM

  12. Marjorie M Buchyn says:
    10 Dec 2019
    My dear Karla, Wes was a great man & will be remembered fondly by many. Will be in Cranberry this summer...hope to see you. Marge

  13. Sherry Gardner says:
    10 Dec 2019
    Dale, Karen, Melody, and Jacqueline my deepest condolences, to you and your family. Your dad and grandpa was an awesome man who loved you very much. Remember the good times at the lake, thoughts and prayers to you.

    Love to you
    Sherry Gardner

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