LEICESTER - Eldon Richard Wyman (Speedy), age 85, died peacefully at his home on April 5, 2005.
Speedy, nicknamed for his fleet-fingered fiddling, was born on Sept. 9, 1919 in Rochester, Vt., the son of Fred and Adelma Wyman. He attended school in Bingo.
Speedy married Doris Meyette in 1942, and they had five children. They lived and raised their children in Georgia and Swanton, and Speedy worked for many years at GE in Burlington.
He was predeceased by his daughter Donna Austin in 1969; and his wife Doris in 1988. He married Margery Bent Masterson in 1996, in the United Methodist Church in Brandon, and they have been residing in Leicester since their marriage.
The joy of joys in Speedy's life were his family and his fiddle. He learned to play from an old neighbor farmer when he was 6 years old, and he never stopped from that day on. In his younger years he traveled with a band, played many dances, including those at the St. John's Club, and performed on a radio show. Speedy was a member of the Champlain Valley Fiddler's Club for many years, and in 2001 was honored with the club's Memorial Trophy.
Speedy is survived by his wife Margery; his daughter Loretta Clough of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and his sons Randall of Adams, Mass., Roger of Denver, Colo., and Richard of Sheldon, Vt. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, as well as by his stepdaughters, Margo Masterson of Burlington, Margaret Fish of Pittsford, Marcia Perry of Starksboro, Jennie Masterson of Brandon, and Josie Masterson-Glen of St. Albans; and many step grandchildren.
Calling hours are on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at The United Methodist Church in Brandon, Vt. The funeral service is immediately afterward at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall and burial at the Maple Cemetery in Center Lincoln, Vt.