SMITHFIELD — Alden J. Wyman, 80, died suddenly the morning of April 28, at his residence in Smithfield. He had been fighting illness for several years and is now peacefully resting with God. He will be missed by everyone he left behind.
He was born in Rumford, April 22, 1930, the son of Willard and Maggie Wyman. While attending school, “Ollie” always enjoyed hard work with a future ambition to work on cars and larger engines. He actually drove a bus while attending school at the age of 16, while earning high honors.
After school, he joined the Army and in the early 50s was involved in the European occupational forces in Austria. While there, he learned the value of freedom and the difference he could make in other people’s lives. He was called home early due to the death of his father, but continued to help the people he touched for the rest of his life. After his service, he went back to his true calling of working on and driving buses. He drove commercial buses for 15 years and then drove in the school system for another 30 years. He was appreciated by teachers and students alike for his dedication to his job and also for his pleasant manner and caring personality. One of the things he was proudest of was his trophies he won at bus driving competitions and the year he won first place in the State of Maine driving competition.
He was very involved in the Rumford Baptist Church and later the Baptist Church of Smithfield. He was a member of the Rumford Grange, the Rumford Oddfellows and was also a volunteer for the Gramps Food Service Program for many years and continued with after his move to Smithfield.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marion (Gill) Wyman; his children, Becky Wyman and Robert Michaud of Smithfield, Mark and Anita Wyman of Limerick and Daniel and Sandra Wyman of North Yarmouth; five grandsons; his sister, Shirley Dolloff of West Peru; and 20 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Dale.