The Maine Veterans’ Home, where he had lived for most of his life, announced that Roland “Roly” Francis Wiley died in the middle of the night on 18 March 2023, at age 93.
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He worked in many different jobs over the years, including Wiley’s Texaco and boat repair. The “old-school” Maine Guide was proud to be one. He was proud to be a “working Guide” and not someone with a Maine Guide license. He began guiding at age 14, when he joined the Rod and Reel Club
Arthur, his father, kept a watchful eye on Kezar lake. Roly stopped guiding when he was 80 because ‘I couldn’t cover as much ground and the hills had grown higher’. He enjoyed the people of Fryeburg, and loved serving them. Roly was a charter member of Fryeburg Rescue and an EMT. He served as a chief officer in the Fryeburg Fire Department, captain, and police officer for many years. Roly is very proud of the service he performed in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. This service continued as a commander and member of the Fryeburg American Legion Post. He worked with many veterans there to provide “the children in town” with a baseball field, swim lessons, summer carnival, and other items.
The illness that ravaged him for four years has taken away many of his possessions, including his
Brennan his great-granddaughter would make him always smile. Pa, as I called him, was a son, husband, father, grand- father, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and a friend.
Roly Wiley was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Wiley and Dot Wiley; wife Alayne Benson, daughter Beth, and son-in law Mikal Curran.
His son Rex Wiley (Robin) and daughters Christine (Joe Woidich) & Lorene (Curran) are his survivors.
In my capacity as his son, I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent care that he received at the Veterans’ home. Thank you in particular to all the Oncology Staff at North Conway Hospital. Pa loved them dearly and had a deep affection for all of them. He was safe, they took good care of him and kept me going.
You can make a donation in Jen’s name at the Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. Box 1842 North Conway NH 03860. Pa was helped greatly by them over the last few years, as have so many other people in the region. Roly’s and Alayne’s funeral will take place at a future date. Date and time of the service will be announced.
I’ll be seeing you on the hill Pa.”
Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, located at 165 Quaker Ridge Road Casco. www.hallfuneralhome.net.