Walter (Bubby) J. Wesolowski III, 65, died at home Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in Port Charlotte, FL.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 1 to 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 30 Elizabeth St., Red Hook, NY 12571
There will also be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the War Veterans Memorial Park, 9600 Bay Pines Blvd., Shelter 4, St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Walter was born in Sharon, CT, on July 29, 1953. He was the son of the late Walter (Scoop) J. Wesolowski Jr. and the late Florence Jones Wesolowski of Astoria, NY.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Bergen Wesolowski of Port Charlotte; his daughter Alison Marie Wesolowski of Poughkeepsie, NY; his daughter Riley Anne Wesolowski of Punta Gorda, FL; his son Logan Light (Cameron) of Punta Gorda; his twin sister Carol Wesolowski of Red Hook, NY; his sister Maryanne Wesolowski (missing since 1971); his brother Paul Wesolowski of Kingston, NY; his brother Warren Wesolowski of Elizaville, NY; his half brother William Wesolowski (Deedra) of Rush Springs, OK; his half brother Jamie Wesolowski (Mary) of Gresham, OR; his stepmother Janice Palmer Wesolowski of Red Hook; his stepbrother Johnny Pagan of Richmond, IN; his stepsister Patti Pagan Morello of Las Vegas, NV. He also had 11 nieces and 8 nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John Wesolowski of Edmeston, NY.
Walter grew up in Red Hook. He was a Vietnam Veteran from 1971 to 1972. He worked at the Hudson Valley Psychiatric Hospital in New York for 10 years.
Around 1982 he moved to St. Petersburg, FL. He became an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous on January 2, 1987. He worked for Foreign Car Parts in St. Petersburg for 8 years before moving to Port Charlotte in 1995. It was then that he became a licensed over-the-road-truck driver for 16 years before he finally retired in 2010. He’d logged over one million miles.
Walt was humble. He appreciated ”the little things in life.”
He was a loyal friend. He was always there to listen. Since his death, the words “He saved my life” have echoed over the phone more times than can be counted.
On a daily basis he practiced doing something nice for someone without expecting anything in return and without telling anyone.
He had a quick wit and an unorthodox, unpredictable, charming, and sometimes even juvenile sense of humor.
He loved God, he loved his family, he loved being a truck driver, and he loved deviled eggs.
On January 2, 2019, he celebrated 32 years of sobriety.
Walter Wesolowski — the man, the myth, the legend.