The online guestbook for John Weichsel

Posted on April 01, 2013
Posted by: David W. MacDonald
From: Yalesville CT

Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted on April 01, 2013
Posted by: Pat Berardinelli
From: Southington CT

Message: Having worked as Mr. Weichsel's secretary for 8 years, I knew him to be a very fair, intelligent manager. His outer persona may have seemed a bit gruff by some, but he was a very kind and gentle soul underneath. I enjoyed my time with him immensely and will miss him. I send my sincere condolences to Dee, Amy, Barry and the rest of his family.

Posted on April 02, 2013
Posted by: Ann-Marie Lilienthal Blake
From: Cheshire ct

Message: Dear Amy and family, My Deepest Sympathies. What a legacy...glad to have been a part of your journey in Southington. I have fond memories of being the town manager for "a day" back in 1980! Your dad was a gracious, funny, and generous man. May his memories give you strength during your time of grief. Sending prayers for you and your family.

Posted on April 02, 2013
Posted by: Richard Krezel
From: Southington, CT

Message: Dee, Amy, Barry, and Family: I am deeply saddened by John's passing and wish to extend my condolences to you, his immediate family. John was an extraordinary person of many talents and virtues. He was committed to the best interests of the Town of Southington in the finest and noblest sense of the word. He prevailed in guiding the Town and countless elected officials and Town employees by offering the best of his knowledge and experience to the community that he so ably served for so many years. His intellectual honesty and commitment to avoiding politics underscored his longevity as Southington's first town manager. I enjoyed the privilege of working with John virtually every day when I served several terms as Southington Town Attorney and formed a friendship based upon mutual respect and concern for the community's interests. Apart from his public profile John was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather who supported his family in every possible and reasonable fashion. He was perceptive, incisive, informed, and, occasionally but not often, humorous. His life was his profession and his family. He will be missed but remembered for all he has accomplished and the loving family he has left behind. With my deepest sympathies, Richard Krezel

Posted on April 02, 2013
Posted by: Loirne Zdanowski
From: Cheshire CT

Message: Dear Dee, please know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers! We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. With deepest sympathy, Lorine and Mark Zdanowski

Posted on April 02, 2013
Posted by: Helen Archangelo
From: Southington CT

Message: I worked with John as his secretary for 10 years. His integrity, his intelligence, and his dedication were unsurpassed. I thank him for all that I learned from him during those years. My sincere condolences to his entire family. My heart goes out to you and to those who were fortunate to be called his close friends.

Posted on April 03, 2013
Posted by: Jonathan Bilmes
From: west hartford ct

Message: I relied heavily on John's experience and intellect as the first Executive Director of the waste to energy consortium that he so famously touted as one of his top professional accomplishments. I appreciated his honesty, intellect and commitment to regionalism. John and I had many discussions regarding public policy, solid waste and recycling. He always welcomed other well points of view if they were sincere and well reasoned. May John's memory be a blessing to his family.

Posted on April 04, 2013
Posted by: wanda vass
From: wallingford ct

Message: Amy,Barry,Dee,and family I am so sorry for your loss of a great father, husband,grandfather,employer and friend. It was a great pleasure to have been in the home of the weichsel's for many years. My heart goes out to all of you.

Posted on April 05, 2013
Posted by: Theresa Gargaly
From: Wallingford CT

Message: Please accept our sympathy. Charles and Theresa Gargaly

Posted on April 05, 2013
Posted by: John D. Pagini
From: Coventry CY

Message: To the family and friends of John Weichsel: I was truly saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a truly special person in my life - he hired me as the 1st assistant planner in Southington in 1974.There was no better man to start a young planner on his career, and to be taught all those valuable lessons on ethics, professionalism, and a good work ethic as well. One incident will always remain in my memory. a very influential businessman and Town Councilman had filled a wetland without a permit. Another department head had advised me to not stir things up - he was too powerful. So, I went to John, and in that matter of fact tone he simply said: “What's the problem - cite him like anyone else." I proceeded to do so, and learned an even greater lesson later when my position was in danger of being abolished. The Councilman who I had first cited admitted his errant behavior in public, and then supported me and the position for doing my job professionally. I learned many more skills under John than I could ever imagine - how to successfully write a grant for the acquisition of a park ,how to write the first CDBG grant; and support for my role in making the best land use choices for the good of the community. That one big choice ensured that Southington would have no dog track, but would benefit from a business and office park instead. John and I rarely crossed paths in the many years that passed. I would drop in, but he always seemed to be out. My mother, who still lives in Meriden, always kept me up to pace with what John and Southington were doing. Even now, John's obit and 3-page spread from the RJ sits on my desk - sent by my 91 year old mother. It is indeed strange how lives unintentionally cross again, and John and mine did so only a year ago when he hired me to deal with a land use issue in East Hampton, where he was acting manager. It was only then that he admitted that he probably finally needed to retire (I’m apparently too much like him – she says I will never retire). It was an honor to see him before his career and his life ended - to finally thank him for pointing me in the right direction. John, of course, shrugged it off, you know, as he did. Thank you John for being such an invaluable mentor, and for embedding into my life the value of being a mentor myself - I am now the Professional Development Officer for Connecticut planners, carrying on what I learned from you, telling my stories of your inspiring lessons, and, I have to trust, preparing others to make a better future for still future generations as you did.

Posted on April 05, 2013
Posted by: Bill Fowler
From: Middlefield CT

Message: Dear Barry & Family Members, I wish I knew the magic words to say to take away the pain and hardship the loss of your loved one has brought into your lives. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill Fowler CL&P

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