Longtime Bath City Councilor Bernie Wyman died Tuesday, a little more than two months into his 25th year on the council.
Wyman, who was 80, died at Mid Coast Senior Center in Brunswick, according to his obituary.
Wyman, who worked at Bath Iron Works as a shipfitter and retired as a senior production planner, was re-elected to the council in November. He served on the council for 24 years, including several as chairman.
City Manager Peter Owen, who was appointed to that position in January, worked with Wyman as public works director for 18 years.
Owen said Wyman was “a committed community person” and was “extremely influential in the community.”
“Bernie was a soft-spoken person who had a lot of influence without being really loud,” Owen said. “He was always very soft-spoken, but he made his views known, and had a huge influence, I think, upon people in the community at large. I think that was what endeared him to people.”
Wyman’s community activities included holding offices at the Knights of Columbus, Mid Coast Credit Union and Salvation Army, and serving on the Merrymeeting Council of Governments, Bath Water District, Bath Housing Authority, Bath Housing Development Corporation, Bath Skate Park, Bath Area Senior Center and Bath Lodge of Elks.
“On a personal level, what I loved discovering about Bernie was, outside the chambers, how thoughtful he was about every decision he made,” council chairwoman Mari Eosco said Thursday. “I would say he was definitely a no-frills, ‘salt of the earth’ kind of guy. He really took everything into deep consideration before making up his mind.”
Eosco said Wyman attended the council’s January meeting.
“One of my favorite things about Bernie was how hilarious he was,” she said. “It was such a quiet, subtle humor that you didn’t realize how funny it was until a few moments after he said what he was saying.”
Eosco said she couldn’t wait to hear Wyman’s next story, and was charmed when Wyman referred to his wife of 60 years, Quinda, as his “bride.”
“He was so proud of her,” she said. “One day he made a point of bringing their wedding album in so I could see pictures in the old St. Mary’s Church, which was where the fire department is now.”
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath.