Wes Royce Kessenich died doing what he loved, cycling, on May 17, 2022, in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He was born April 18, 1962 on Long Island, NY to Joan Roberts Kessenich and Roy Kessenich, both deceased. In 1966 Wes and his surviving older brother, Pace, welcomed their new mother, Sarah McElroy Kessenich. Also surviving are brother Quint and sister Kyle.
Wes leaves daughter Leah, her children Quinn, Rowen, Phoebe, and Shiloh, their father Brian Dowling, daughters Hannah and her fiancé James, and Alden Kessenich. Also grieving are his ex-wife Gigi and beloved Diane, nephew Skyler and nieces Sophia and Grace.
Wes attended Lynbrook public schools and graduated from Gettysburg College where he wrestled. Physical fitness and competition permeated his life. He was an avid runner, biker and swimmer. Entering his first marathon at age 17, he ran over 100 marathons, plus longer distance challenges. He completed four Ironman Triathlons and was a two-time top 3 finisher in 3 day ultra triathlons called UltraMan.
Ever the entrepreneur, Wes owned and operated a running shoe store in Pa, Ultra Dive at the Maui Four Seasons Resort, Bagels Etc, a sandwich shop in Asheville, NC, and most recently, Winning, a handyman business in both Charlotte and Woodstock, NY. Wes was a pharmaceutical sales representative from 1998 to 2018.
A celebration of his life took place at Forest Hills Church in Waxhaw, NC. A memorial bike ride is being planned by Wes’s cycling friends in Woodstock, NY on June 19th.