Wesley G. Chadbourne, 82: WWII veteran regulary ran Boston Marathon

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SCARBOROUGH – Wesley G. “Wes” Chadbourne, 82, formerly of Plympton, Massachusetts, died peacefully Sept. 22 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough.

He was born Aug. 17,1933, in Framingham, Massachusetts, the son of Clarence Chadbourne and Gladys Ayles Gardiner. He was a graduate of Classical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts and Boston University.

On June 17, 1956, he married Marcia Botsford of Poultney, Vermont. Chadbourne was a veteran; he was stationed in Wurzburg, Germany while serving as a sergeant in the Army. After he was discharged, he continued to serve his country as a member of the Coast Guard, retiring at the rank of lieutenant commander.

Chadbourne was employed in the insurance business, and achieved the highest insurance industry designation of Casualty Property and Casualty Underwriting professional. In June 1980, he founded the Hills Insurance Agency.

He was a former member of Grafton Lions Club, where he served as president; the Falmouth Running Club; Plympton Athletic Club and the Plympton Republican Town Committee. Chadbourne was a member of the First Congregational Church of Plympton. Chadbourne was one of the organizers of the annual Plympton Strawberry Shortcake Road Race. He was an avid runner who participated in several marathons, including the Boston Marathon, until 2009.

Chadbourne was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Henry J. Gardiner; a sister, Dorothy and a brother, Linwood.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia B. Chadbourne of Plympton; his children, Suanne C. Snell and her husband, Rick, of West Bath, Amy Chadbourne and her fiance, Mitch Greenslit, of Barre, Vermont, Dean Chadbourne and his partner, Linda Clement, of Plympton; a brother, Carl J. Chadbourne and his wife, Priscilla, of Greenville, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Plympton, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, with the Rev. Nan Butera officiating. A reception will be held in Fellowship Hall following the service.

A private family burial service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Warren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.