Wesley E. Tinsmon



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Tinsmon, Wesley E.   Williamsville: Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara Ann Tinsmon. Survived by his son Michael (Karlen Chase) Tinsmon. Wes was a quintessential family man and a hard worker. As a young man, he worked at Kodak during summers to earn his tuition for each year of college at the University of Rochester. After graduating with a degree in applied psychology, he served in the United States Army Reserve. He went on to work at Kodak for 32 years, during which time he played softball and basketball in the company leagues. He also golfed and bowled for much of his life, hobbies he shared with Barbara. They also shared a love of travel.   As a young married couple, they flew to various Caribbean countries. Later, with Michael and Wes’ father, the family began going on cruises together, traveling throughout the Caribbean in the 80s and 90s. Eventually, Barb and Wes would go on over 30 cruises together, including their 50th anniversary cruise with their son and daughter-in-law. In addition to their time at sea, once they had retired from Kodak, they also wintered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the last 15 years of their time together, where they met new friends, ate countless hush puppies, and played a lot of golf. Wes spent many summers in retirement with the friends he and Barb had made at Friendly Achers on Seneca Lake.   Always a fan of the (ridiculously) early arrival at a sporting event or dinner reservation, once the car was parked, he would always say, “Throw out the anchor.” When asked if he was hungry, he’d say, “I could eat.” He was loquacious about sports—any sports, all sports—and he spent many evenings debating the strengths and weaknesses of various players and teams with his son. He was direct, but he just made sense to those who loved him. And although Wes was a pragmatic man not prone to showy displays of affection, when Barb passed in 2011, he said, “We used to hold hands as we fell asleep.” Wes was known for his acerbic, terse observations of life, and even when expressing a gem of tenderness, he spoke volumes with few words. He will be greatly missed.   No prior calling. His celebration of life will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to University of Rochester in his memory. For more information and to sign his online guesrbook visit www.meesonfamily.com


  1. Gladys Daly on November 9, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Rest in peace Wes

  2. Matt Collins on November 10, 2021 at 1:05 am

    My deepest condolences to the Tinsmon family. Wes was a very kind man and a great neighbor at Friendly Achers. Matt Collins

  3. Seth Fox on November 10, 2021 at 3:01 am

    My thoughts an prayers are with the Tinsmon Family.

  4. Dorsey Small on November 10, 2021 at 11:46 am

    RIP so many good memories of Barb and you in Myrtle Beach golfing crafting with Barb and of course game night which we all enjoyed Michael I know how much they loved you and you were a big part of there lives my thoughts are with you at this very difficult time

  5. Pat & Dennis Callum on November 10, 2021 at 11:53 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts are with you all.

  6. Carol E Underhill on November 10, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    So sorry to hear about Wes. He lived in Gypsum Mills before moving closer to his son Michael. He was always at chair aerobics with us. We missed him when he moved. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Dick Heidt on November 10, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Richard Heidt. So sorry to read you left us. I’m remembering the years Gail and I would hangout with you and Barb. The cruises we would take together and home get togethers. So much fun.

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