Arthur D. Wilsey Jr.
July 26, 1921-June 16, 2014
ONEONTA — Arthur D. Wilsey passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Dad served in the Army Air Corp. He was a pilot instructor and II Lieutenant.
He was a blessed man — he spent most of his life working at what he loved, HORSES.
His love was also embraced by his children. A member of the United States Trotting Assoc. for many years, he successfully drove, trained and owned standardbreds. He had a special horse, “IMPULSE,” a trotter that captured his heart.
He trained and raced at several tracks: Vernon Downs, Hinsdale, N.H., Pompano Beach Raceway, Fla., Saratoga Harness, Pocono Downs, Penn., Foxboro, Mass., Green Mountain Raceway, Vt., Yonkers Raceway, and anywhere else his horses were entered.
After he retired, he spent several years caring for his mother, Edna Halter, trail riding and camping with friends.
If you had a horse with a problem, he was known as the man with the answers. He fixed many horses, loved it and made new friends. He was a people person and a simple man that appreciated the little things in life, a butterfly or gazing over a river valley in Vermont.
We loved our Dad!
He leaves behind three children, Carol, Dan and Jo Anne; three step-children, Denise,
Debbie and Glenn; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren, and many dear friends.
We want to thank the people at the Manor that cared for him and became a friend. To the people at Hospice: thank you for what you did for Dad, the time spent and loving care, while meeting some personal needs that were so appreciated by him. You soothed his soul and ours, and thank you, Chaplin Garrett.
We want to especially thank Melody O’Neill Boynton, a faithful family friend who never failed to visit Dad weekly during the two years he was at the Manor. She held his hand through to the end and spoke of the trail rides, smelling the campfire and the people who loved him. It gave us peace in our hearts knowing she was there with him and that his last thoughts were of the people and the horses he loved. THANKS, MEL We are eternally grateful. Until we see you again on the other side, Dad —SO LONG AND HAPPY TRAILS.
A private memorial will be held for the family.
Arrangements by the Westcott Funeral Home 123 Main Street Unadilla, NY.