Wesley Austin Lash, died unexpectedly at his home in Friendship, March 25, 2013.

He was born in Rockland, Aug. 4, 1945, to Winfield and Barbara Fales Lash. A graduate of Waldoboro High School, he attended SMVTI, where he studied machining.

In 1969 he married Cynthia Richards and raised his family in Friendship.

After college, he started working for his father at Lash Brothers Boatyard, finishing over 200 boats. He took over the Boatyard in 1985.

Wesley was very much involved with the town of Friendship. He started with the Fire Department at age 19 and was fire chief for 10 years. He also served as town selectman for many years.

His great love was boat racing. He was involved with the Friendship Boat Races and, with his sons, raced his boat, the Sea Flea. Wesley’s greatest joy was spending every 4th of July on Friendship Long Island with his family. There, "Pup" enjoyed showing his grandchildren how to do things the "old fashioned way."

Loved by all who knew him, Wesley took great pleasure in offering his advice about anything at coffee time at the boat shop.

Wesley is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cynthia; sons, Wesley and his wife Taryn, Sean Lash and his wife Angie, all of Friendship, David Lash and his companion Deborah Vannah of Warren; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brendan, Wyatt, Brooke and Bailey Lash; his parents, Winfield and Barbara Lash of Friendship; mother-in-law, Lorraine Duda of Friendship; brothers, Neil Lash and his wife Bonnie of Waldoboro, Irving Lash and his wife Willi of Augusta; four sisters, Diane Hill and her husband Norman, Paulette Hill and her husband Ivan, Suzanne Simmons and her husband Tomall of Friendship, and Theresa Fullerton of Waldoboro, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at Advent Christian Church, Route 97, Friendship. The Rev. Alan Chamberlin will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendship Fire Department, P. O. Box 207, Friendship, ME 04547.

To share a memory or condolence with Wesley’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. Rockland.