Bruce M. Wightman

Published Feb 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

Bruce M. Wightman, age 90, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care after a long illness. He was born January 12, 1928 in Rome, NY the son of Howard and Eva Drexel Wightman. On August 6, 1949 he married Betty Peer.

One of the greatest accomplishments of his younger years was earning the highest award in Boy Scouting, Eagle Scout. Bruce served his country as a member of the Coast Guard at the conclusion of World War II after which he received a degree in Physical Education from Cortland Normal School. He worked in the Rome School District as a PE teacher. He coached football, swimming and tennis for Rome Free Academy. His career turned to teaching young students in elementary classrooms and also serving as a principal for the following Rome schools: West Rome, Lillian O’Burns, Columbus, Strough Elementary, Denti and John E. Joy.

Throughout his life, Bruce was active in Calvary Methodist and First United Methodist Churches as well as Baron Steuben Masonic Lodge, Rome Kiwanis and American Red Cross. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Special Olympics. Bruce loved music. He sang in Church choirs and Barbershop groups throughout his life. He loved nature, gardening, woodcutting, and seasonal outdoor activities. Faith, friends and family were always first in his heart. He was a Sunday School teacher and Lay Preacher. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, golfing and dining with friends. Family meant everything; his loving wife and three children spent vacations at the Jersey shore and camping in the Adirondacks, Vermont and Myrtle Beach were also favorite destinations. When his grandchildren and great-grandchildren began to appear he was a source of love and wisdom. He always had a song or story, an original poem, or a joke to share.

Bruce is survived by his wife Betty; a son Bruce E. (Lisa) Wightman; two daughters, Drinda Adams and Beth (David) Dobstaff; eight grandchildren Russell Wightman, Sara (Justin) Marchesani, Brian (Michele) Adams, Katie Adams, Kelly (Aubrey) Brown, Megan, Melissa, and Christopher Dobstaff; and six great-grandchildren Abigail and Jackson Marchesani, Kaylee Carr, Ahneka Hilliker, Cooper and Cullen Brown. He was predeceased by two brothers, Wayne Sexton and Neil Wightman; a son in-law, Thomas Adams; and a cherished grandson Aaron Wightman.

The family would like to thank the staff of Rome Memorial Hospital Third Floor East for their kindness, care, and loving support.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home For Funerals, Inc., 210 W. Court Street, Rome. Spring interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Relative s and friends may call at the Home For Funerals Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or The Baron Steuben Masonic Lodge.

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