Woodstock – Wendell R. Brechin, age 79, of Deer Meadow Lane died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of Joan (Hutchinson) Brechin for 53 years. Born in Barre, VT, he was the son of the late Russell & Albertine (Goulet) Brechin and the oldest of seven children. He lived in Dighton, MA for 39 years before moving to Woodstock nine years ago.
Wendell was a graduate of Burdett College. He had worked as a comptroller for Textron until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Dighton Lions Club and served on the Dighton School Committee and the Dighton Finance Committee. After retirement, Wendell found great satisfaction using his carpentry skills with Habitat for Humanity, Toll Brothers and doing many projects for those in need as he had always done throughout his life. But teaching carpentry for Tantasqua Regional High School was the job where he found his greatest joy and satisfaction doing what he loved while making a difference in the lives of his students.
In addition to his wife, Joan, Wendell is survived by his two daughters, Jean Aldous and her husband Stephen of Glocester, RI and Sandra Dean of Brooklyn, CT; his brother, John Brechin of Chicago, IL; his two sisters, Pauline Sherwood of Burlington, VT and Helen Ferrari of Modena, Italy and his six grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Emily, & Ryan Aldous, and Madison & Hannah Dean.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Wendell’s family from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Zion Lutheran Church, 70 Main St., Oxford, MA. A graveside service will be held on Saturday May 31, 2014 in Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT. Memorial Donations may be made to the woodworking program at Tantasqua Regional High School, 319 Brookfield Rd., Fiskdale, MA 01518. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.