We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Quealy and Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Abington- Russell A. Wheatley passed away Wednesday, May 4th 2022, one day before his 87th birthday. He was born in Brockton, MA to the late Russell and Ruby Wheatley and predeceased by his sister Marjorie and brother Richard. He leaves his wife Phyllis (Philbrick) Wheatley.
A lifelong resident of Abington, he graduated from Abington High School in 1953, attended Tufts University for 2 years and worked for Brockton Edison before starting his own business in 1974, The Russell A. Wheatley Co., Inc. Land Surveyors and Engineers, retiring in October 2019 due to physical problems. During the years he was in business he and his crew did so much of the land surveying in Abington and surrounding areas and active with the Town Committees involved in land use in the area, often looked to for information because of his knowledge of land surveying and the problems in the area. He was also Director of Mount Vernon Cemetery and involved in creating the new section.
He and his wife were also members of the Tri-centennial Committee celebrating Abington’s 300 years which he was very pleased to be included in as the Wheatley’s have been part of Abington history for many years. His grandfather has served on the Bicentennial Committee in 1912 overseeing the design and building of the Civil War Arch at Island Grove Pond after the Civil War Veterans had raised the money to make it all possible.
One of Russ’s great pleasures was being part of the Thursday Morning Coffee Group at Martin’s that included many old friends who discussed anything and everything going on in the town and the world-important subjects all! How many problems were solved we’ll never know.
Over the years he wrote anecdotes about his life in Abington including his many friends and their escapades while growing up. He collected these and in later years published a collection. “Nobody Else Cares…But I Do, Treasured Memories by Russell Wheatley,” enjoyed by people in town which he gave away to anyone interested.
He will be greatly missed
Visiting hours at Quealy and Son Funeral Home will be on Friday May 13 from 4pm to 6pm. With a funeral home service on Saturday May 14 at 11am followed by interment at Mt. Vernon Cemetery Abington.