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A Life Well Lived ~ A Man Well Loved

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Uncle Wes and Lovely Lily

 My beloved Uncle Wes passed March 5, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m.

My ♥ is broken…Funny how a broken heart still loves…Isaiah 57:18b-19

the Lord says…” I will heal him;I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, Creating the praise of the lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “and I will heal him.” …and into God’s hands complete healing and restoration has been restored…♥

Uncle Wes' Hibiscus

♥ Rest in Peace Unce Wes ♥ 03-05-2010 You are already missed and our hearts will never forget! ♥

My Uncle’s Obituary written by his youngest son, Peter J. Godwin


February 12, 1953 – March 5, 2010
John, or Wes as we all knew and loved him, found peace with the Lord on Friday March 5th 2010 at age 57.

Wes was born on February 12th 1953 in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to John and Mary Godwin. He was a light to everyone that ever knew him.

In August of 1972 Wes answered the call of his country and joined the United States Navy, honorably serving a 4 year enlistment. After boot camp, in December of 1972 he married the love of his life, Frances Barbara Krause, and they began their life together. Along the way they welcomed their first son John Wesley III and later their son Peter Jason Godwin.

Although he had only 2 children by birth, “Poppa Wes”, as he became known, had a numerous extended family filled with the people touched by his love and generosity. Once his time in the military was over, Wes worked for our government again as an industrial machinist and welder at the Lakehurst Naval Base in Lakehurst, NJ. Eventually he moved from the shop to the office and finished his career as an industrial safety specialist and helped to create many programs that are still keeping people safe to this day.

Whenever he wasn’t hard at work to provide for his family, Wes loved taking in a baseball game, spending the day in the garden with his flowers, painting, or at the lake or river trying to catch as many fish as possible. Whether it was taking his children camping or making sure that their cars would start, nothing meant more to Wes than his family, which was made complete by the birth of his granddaughter Lillian Taylor Godwin in 2008. His time with her was tragically short but now Poppie’s girl has a guardian angel to watch over her.

He was greatly, greatly loved and will be sorely missed by his mother Mary, his wife of 37 years, Frances, sons John and Peter, Peter’s wife Laurita, granddaughter, Lillian, his sisters Beverly and Claudia, his little brother Stephen, and all who loved him.

Memorial services will be held at the Degraff funeral home at 119 Union Ave. Lakehurst NJ 08733 on March 10th at 6pm.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Summer on Uncle Wes' Lake


~For Uncle Wes~
AHutchinsonWords ~ copyright

Hope sings of Spring.
Damp woods and floral essences
On Day’s first breeze.

Scents of dew linger on diamonds of sunlit
Rays, revealing the emotion of new life and
Day’s promising first light.

Faith dreams of petals, softly
Swaying to a distant song’s sweet notes,
Revealing Day’s birth.

Day opens in shades of lavender and pink
As Sun rises from the east
Unveiling cotton candy clouds to a blinking sleeper.

Colors and breezes they take Day on her morning jaunt.
Showing her Hope that upon the damp
And cool spring breeze…

Has bloomed Faith
Standing firmly, in the streaming sparkles
Of yet another Day’s start.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

One thought on “A Life Well Lived ~ A Man Well Loved

  1. Dear Andra,
    You have my condolence on the death of your uncle Wes. I hope that your strong faith in Jesus Christ will take you through this difficult time.

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