PITTSFIELD – J. Wesley Oliver, 94, passed away Aug. 5, 2005, at Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Pittsfield leaving a profo-und impact on everyone who knew him. The son of Solomon Hardy Oliver and Annie Mae (Sellick) Oliver, Wesley was born March 22, 1911, in Alberton, Prince Edward Island. He moved to the U.S. on his own, at the age of 13. He proceeded to work his way through high school and then through the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in the class of 1938. He also served in the National Guard. Wesley lived most of his adult life in Monroe, where he raised his family. He will be remembered as a wonderful storyteller, a great athlete, a strong advocate of education, a civic leader who was very involved in local and state politics, an avid gardener, an enterprising entrepreneur, teacher and poultry farmer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Maine Farm Bureau and the Maine School District Commission. He also served many years as a selectman and school board member. He is survived by his wife, Berta Gasper Oliver of Pittsfield. He is also survived by his eight children, John W. Oliver III and his wife, Marie, of Cottonwood, Ala., Heather Sargent and her husband, Don, of Robbinston, Anne Bradeen and her husband, Rodney, of Unity, David Oliver and his wife, Alisa, of Thorndike, Joan MacAulay and her husband, David, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Doug Oliver and his wife, Diane, of Monroe; Pam Oliver of Franklin; and several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Currie, mother of John; second wife, Katherine Claire Profit Oliver, mother of Heather, Anne, Janet, David, Joan, Doug and Pam; and one special grandson, Shawn Oliver, formerly of Thorndike. A memorial service to celebrate Wesley’s life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Monroe Community Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Donald H. Shorey Funeral Chapel, 35 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield. <>