Described as a true "gentle"-man who had a love for Newcomerstown, Dr. Wayne "Packy" McFarland will truly be missed by those who knew him.
He passed away Jan. 18 at Park Village Health Care Center in Dover at the age of 84.
Packy, as he was known to many, served as the Mayor of Newcomerstown for six years in the 1990s.
Tony Segalavich, now of Dover, worked closely with Packy as Segalavich served as clerk-treasurer of the village during Packy's time as mayor.
"He was one of the most meticulous and conscientious people I know," Segalavich said. "He was a joy to work with."
Segalavich and Packy had a small rivalry going on when the Steelers played the Browns in football. Segalavich, being originally from the Pittsburgh area, remembers how they used to tease each other when the two rivals would meet on the field.
"We became very good friends," he said. "He's going to be missed."
Jan McCune, who also served on Newcomerstown Village Council during Packy's term as mayor, echoed those same sentiments.
"He was knowledgeable about so many things. I learned about how government works -- village government to federal government," she said. "I learned more from him than any book. He was just a great man to work with."
Newcomerstown resident and local historian Vane Scott said, "Packy was well-liked and I don't think he had an enemy in Newcomerstown."
Scott, who is one month older than Packy, can remember him from their days in high school at Newcomerstown.
Packy was the high school quarterback for the undefeated Newcomerstown team and Scott can remember the last game of the season when Newcomerstown continued their winning ways at a very rowdy Dennison Stadium.
For his contributions to the village school system, he was inducted into the Newcomerstown Wall of Honor in May 1988. His plaque reads Newcomerstown High School 1944 and All-American at Ohio Wesleyan 1950.
Packy was also an active member of the Newcomerstown Rotary Club having been a member since what is believed to be 2002. Although he never held a formal office in the organization, Packy did serve on the Vocational Service and the Scholarship committees. Packy was also honored as a Paul Harris Fellow which is the highest honor one Rotarian can bestow upon another.
"He was a great person to have in Rotary," Newcomerstown Rotary Club Foundation Chairperson Jim Russell said. "He was a very active and supportive Rotarian."
Russell, who will serve as the Rotary District Governor during the term 2010-2011, said Packy would present programs during Rotary meetings that dealt with history including Newcomerstown (local), sports, world, etc.
"He was quite valued because of that," Russell said.
For his love and dedication to Rotary, memorial contributions, in memory of Packy, may be made to the Newcomerstown Rotary Club, P.O. Box 609, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.
"I am proud to be part of the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard that will be honoring him for his military service during his funeral," Scott said.
Packy also honorably served as part of General Patton's European Theatre Army during the Battle of the Bulge, and at the time of his discharge, he had earned the rank of lieutenant.
He was laid to rest in West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown, Jan. 26.
"He always wanted what was best for Newcomerstown," Scott said. "I've always been glad to have known him."
(Editor's Note: Dr. Wayne "Packy" McFarland's complete obituary appears on page 4.)