Condolences for Westcott Burlingame III, “Wes”

Marcio posted on 11/29/19

I remember myself as a very young French teenager travelling to Hendersonville, NC. Wes welcomed me as their own son during my stay. Wes was a very caring father and took care of me during my stay. His curiosity of the world and the love of nature inspired me following my stay in his house. My thoughts and prayer are with Sharon, Maya and Eric during this difficult time.


Carol Tucker Carlton posted on 10/13/19

I remember Wes as an upperclassman at Penfield High School. He was 3 years older and may have had my mother for his biology teacher. What a wonderful tribute has been written for him. I wish I had known he lived in the Hendersonville area as I was visiting childhood friends at Lake Santeetlah last year and met up with a friend in a Hendersonville brewery on the way to my son's home near Charleston. I'm sorry to have missed reconnecting with Wes. My condolences to Sharon and his family.


Mary Elaine Aldoretta and Dick Burandt posted on 9/30/19

Dick and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the untimely passing of your dear husband, Wes. How well we remember you and Wes visiting us to plant a Korean Spice Viburnum your Mom and Dad wanted us to have. It is a continuing reminder of not only your mom and dad but also of Wes and you who planted it. With love, sympathy and gratitude, Dick and Mary Elaine


Mary Elaine Aldoretta and Dick Burandt posted on 9/30/19

Dear Sharon and Family, How well we remember you and Wes coming to our home in Penfield, NY to plant a Korean Spice Viburnum given to us by your mother and father. We had such a good time talking with you both about so many things. Wes was such a gift to all who knew him. So generous of his time and talent. The virburnum continues to remind us of you and Wes, and your mother and father, It is a beautiful living memory. We send you and your family our deepest sympathy. Wes's passing is a loss to all who know him. Warmest regards


Doug Meier posted on 9/30/19

I was saddened to read of the passing of Wes. Wes and I swam together on the Penfield swim team, and attended The Third Presbyterian Church together.He drove us in that little green Saab, and for sure, the lessons learned stayed with him. The D & C obit reflects a life that mirrored his high school years and the values he held. We went our separate way, but I will remember Wes and a tree(Hickory or Chestnut) will be planted in his honor. I hope the memories of your life together give you some comfort during this difficult time.


Corum Smith & Family posted on 9/30/19

Wes was a wonderful, kind-hearted man who led an exemplary life of service. He will be greatly missed. Our family sends our sincere condolences to his wife Sharon as well as to Eric & Maya and their respective families. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.


Sharon Taylor Kiellach posted on 9/29/19

Entering my junior year at Penfield High School, after tranferring from a city school was daunting. However, Wes was one of the few who was warm and inviting. He always had a kind word and a smile. I never told him, but he made my transition much easier. Blessings and comfort to his family.


Leisa Stack posted on 9/23/19

Sharing my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of loss. I am so grateful and honored for the time I spent with Wes working at Laurel Springs nursery. He was truly a special person and a mentor in my life reminding us of the beauty and wonderful of nature.


Regina Hutchison posted on 9/22/19

Sharon my heart is so heavy and broken for you. The plants will remain on campus as a tribute to Wes and I will have a plaque installed in his honor. This community lost a great man and educator. I'm so very sorry for your loss.


Susan Huff posted on 9/22/19

Imagine my surprise to find another Penfield grad in my town! Both Penfield, NY and Hendersonville, NC are so small, how did we miss one another? I am only sorry we never met to figure it out. Looks like we were in many of the same places. Life is strange and I am terribly sorry he passed so early. Susan (Mallory) Huff. Penfield Class of 1966.


LARASON LAMBERT posted on 9/22/19

What a tragic, premature loss for the Henderson County botanical community. Wes was always so generous with his plants and botanical information; an invaluable resource for the community. More-importantly, his personality and enthusiasm were an inspiration to us all, without a doubt. May we never forget the spirit of his presence amongst us.



Ginny White posted on 9/22/19

One of my favorite memories is going to Laurel Springs Nursery for advice on plantings and their care. Wes always made time to show me plants and explain their habits and growth. Over the years - back then, 1990's - he bought a few of my wheel-thrown stoneware saki cups for his plum wine in the evenings. I was flattered that he enjoyed using them so much. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Sharon, we had no idea that Wes was ill; so we were somewhat shocked to read his obituary in the Sunday paper this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.



Rabbi Philip and Phyllis Bentley posted on 9/22/19

Sharon, we were so sorry to read about the loss of your husband Wes. He was an accomplished man who gave much to his community. He will be missed by us and other members of LWV.