ORONO – Harold Scott "Westy" Westerman died Dec. 29, 2011, of natural causes, at his residence in Dirigo Pines Village, Orono. He was born Dec. 21, 1917, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Harold L. and Elizebeth S. Westerman.
Westy spent his early years as a farm boy in Kansas and Colorado. After losing his mother at the age of 11, the family moved to Adrian, Mich., into the former home of his parents. He graduated from Adrian High School in 1936, then from the University of Michigan in 1946. He engaged in graduate studies at Hillsdale College, where he coached football and basketball. In 1949 Westy accepted a position of assistant football coach with Dave Nelson at the University of Maine, Orono. Then in 1951 he was appointed head football coach and later athletic director, serving until his retirement in 1982. Along with the university position, Westy and his wife, Shirley, owned and operated Wavus Camps, a private children’s camp of 200 boys and girls on Damariscotta Lake, Jefferson. During his career Westy served on the NCAA rules committee and as vice president of the ECAC. Some of the awards and recognitions presented to him during his career include Portland Maine Hammer Award, Maine State Championship Award, Eastern Division NCAA Coach of the Year Award, the coveted Maine Alumni Black Bear Award, ECAC Distinguished Career Award, the Lambert Cup, Maine Sports Hall of Fame Trophy, John Baronian Award for contributions to college football and the Maine Football "Ring of Honor."
He is survived by his four children, Sandra J. Westerman, Pamela K. Tavelli, David S. Westerman and Gary S. Westerman; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be organized for summer 2012. Details will posted at www.westy vt.wordpress.com. Donations to honor Westy may be made to The Shirley "Mrs. Westie" Westerman Fund at www.kieve.org/shirley_westerman_fund/index.htm or the Harold S. Westerman Athletic Scholarship Fund at www.umainefoundation.org/onlinegiving/index.html. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.