Southington’s John Weichsel Passes On

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weichsel3Longtime Southington town manager John Weichsel has passed away.

Weichsel, 80, was one of the longest-serving town managers in the United States. Besides serving as town manager in Southington for 44 years, he most recently served as interim town manager in East Hampton.

As a former Southington reporter, I was scared and impressed by Mr. Weichsel, an avid tennis player who was known for his deceiving gruff exterior. He had no tolerance for an uninformed reporter and even less patience with those who had little grasp of basic civics. I respected that and did due diligence because of him.

At his Southington retirement party two years ago, his simple explanation for his longevity was this…”I never planned to stay for 44 years, it just happened, and I have no idea what I’m going to do now that I am done.”

Even the New York Times was intrigued by the out-spoken, long-term administrator who made a name for himself when it came to the police and fire heart and hypertension benefits controversy among several issues. To read the interview go here.

A loss for sure. Heartfelt condolences to his family, including children Barry and Amy.

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One thought on “Southington’s John Weichsel Passes On

  1. Mary Milewski

    I covered John Weichsel for the Meriden daily in the 1990s for several years. This article nicely sums up the experience. It was unforgettable. I’m grateful and better for it. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Funny and ironic thing is, that, many years after covering him, I had moved to East Hampton … and he ended up there also. His death / loss is significant for many.

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