Bertrand Wayne Widrick, 87, of Bridges Avenue, Massena, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Wayne was born March 19, 1928, to the late George and Lillian (Reffue) Widrick in Potsdam.
He graduated from Potsdam Central School and attended Clarkson College, where he majored in business and accounting.
He married Fernande Anita Martel Sept. 23, 1950 at St. Felix Church in Cornwall, Ontario.
Wayne served in the US Army Intelligence department while in Italy and was honorably discharged after two years of service.
When he returned home he purchased the family business, Widrick’s Fuels.
In 1971, after selling his business, Wayne joined Eastern Petroleum as district sales representative and consultant.
He remained dedicated in his role through corporate acquisitions by Pittston Petroleum, Ultramar, Atlantic and Sprague Energy until his retirement in 1993.
In 1971, Wayne and his wife moved to Massena.
He was a second degree Knight of Columbus #258, member of the Massena Rotary Club, Potsdam Elks Club, and Potsdam Country Club. Wayne loved spending time entertaining family and friends at his camp on Higley Flow for 50 years.
His favorite pastimes were going to the Clarkson hockey games, hunting, dancing, fishing, golfing, boating and bowling.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fern; four children, Michelle Ramsdell of Massena, Claire and her husband Louis Williams of Ogdensburg, Marsha Widrick of Rochester, and Sandra Widrick of Massena; six grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Ramsdell, Nicholas and Mark Williams, Jacob Irish and Nicole (Irish) Stowell; eight great grandchildren; and a brother in-law.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Michael George, in 1951; two brothers, Reffue and Charles Widrick; and three sisters, Nerine Groody, Wilma Logan and Rosalind Kelley.
Family and friends are invited to call Monday, Sept. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Phillips Memorial Home, Massena.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at noon at the Church of the Sacred Heart on Main Street, Massena.
Burial will take place immediately following the mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery on outer Pierrepont Avenue in Potsdam.
Arrangements are with the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. Those wishing to share memories and condolences may do so at www.phillipsmemorial.com.
Donations in Wayne’s honor may be sent to Hospice Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Sacred Heart Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.