The town of Friendship is planning a benefit supper and dessert auction Friday, April 26 to support the family of Wesley A. Lash, whose sudden death March 25 stunned the community.

"He was a good friend, not just all business," said son and business partner Wesley D. Lash about his father.

Lash said his family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support they have received from the community.

"Losing Wesley was one of the biggest losses that Friendship has seen," said Jessica Marie Flanders. "He was an amazing man. Always had a smile on his face, and would do anything for anyone," said Flanders in a statement following Lash's death.

Lash had lived in Friendship since 1969. He worked for his father, Winfield, at Lash Brothers Boatyard, which he took over in 1985. During his tenure at the boatyard, he had finished more than 200 boats.

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

The potluck dinner will be held at the Hahn Community Center in Friendship beginning at 5 p.m. The dessert auction will start at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be $8 for adults, $5 for children age three and above. Donations for the dessert auction are being accepted.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at