OBITUARY

Ralph "Whitey" Wescott

May 27, 1937April 28, 2020
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Ralph M. "Whitey" Wescott, 82, of Largo, FL went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020. Ralph was born on May 27th, 1937 in DeFuniak Springs, FL to parents Clara Jean (Boles) Wescott and John Malory Wescott. He moved to the Tampa Bay area when he was 8, and Largo has never been the same! Whitey was the owner of Big 3 Truck Salvage for over 40 years. He was known for his extensive knowledge and large collection of antique trucks, specifically GMC trucks from 1950-1959. This collection included the largest 1950s same series GMC trucks in the nation. He was also the past president of Auto Recycling of Florida and member of the Sheriff's Advisory Board, the Largo Historical Society, and many other organizations.

Whitey was a unique person and will be hugely missed by his family and friends. He was well-respected in his community and a man of his word during a time when a handshake meant everything. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son Bryan Keith Wescott Sr, and his three sisters Christine, Dottie, and Patricia. Left to grieve our loss and heaven’s gain is his daughter Teresa Wescott Lavrinc (James Brian) and their son Tyler, his son's widow Jacqueline Nasse Wescott, and their children Bryan Jr (Alison), Bryana, Blake, and Brittney, along with his great grandchildren Bryan III and Aliana. Also grieving is his loving fiancé, Kay Jackson, who stood by his side for over 20 years. Left to mourn him are his nephews and nieces: Michael DeLaCruz (Diane), Jason DeLaCruz (Vicky), Toni Romero, Debi Jones (Trevor), YoLawda Hansen, Ashlee Highfill (Joe), and Shianne DeLaCruz (Johnny).

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 4pm-8pm at Whitey's house. Please RSVP to Teresa at 727-647-8351.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, FL, the Largo Historical Society, or your local Sheriff’s Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Survived by:Daughter; Teresa Wescott Lavrinc (James Brian) and their son Tyler
    His son's widow Jacqueline Nasse Wescott, and their children Bryan Jr (Alison), Bryana, Blake, and Brittney
    Great grandchildren: Bryan III and Aliana
    Also grieving is his loving fiancé, Kay Jackson, who stood by his side for over 20 years
    Nephews and nieces: Michael DeLaCruz (Diane), Jason DeLaCruz (Vicky), Toni Romero, Debi Jones (Trevor), YoLawda Hansen, Ashlee Highfill (Joe), and Shianne DeLaCruz (Johnny).


    Preceded in death by: His parents, Clara Jean (Boles) Wescott and John Malory Wescott
    Son; Bryan Keith Wescott Sr, andSisters; Christine, Dottie, and Patricia

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  • DONATIONS

  • Camp Boggy Creek
  • Largo Historical Society
  • Local Sheriff's Association

Services

  • Drive By Visitation

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • Limited Viewing (By Appointment Only)

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

Memories

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Evelyn Cary

May 6, 2020

Ralph was not only a long time customer at a Pinellas Park Title but a friend to both myself and Amanda. We loved him dearly and will miss him. He was a wonderful, kind, caring man. The world would be a better place if there were more men like him

Brenda and Dick Bezousek

May 4, 2020

RM was such a fascinating man... he will truly be missed by all who knew him!
Some of my most fond memories are lunches at PJ’s and Quaker Steak and Lube and riding in his 1941 Caddy. He kindly loaned that beautiful car to his sister, Pat, for our longtime friends “Girls Night Out” many times. We had some fun and memorable times!
Our sincere sympathy to all his family in the loss of a special man!

Judy Bishop

May 4, 2020

Thank you for the Thanksgiving memories,and nice visits with family.

Mary Gray

May 3, 2020

Our condolences to all the family of Ralph Wescott. There are a lot of good memories as we blended family and friends over the years. May God give you comfort until time gives you peace. Daniel and Mary Gray

Jim Fenton

May 3, 2020

First, our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of this fine man. Even though his passing was inevitable after a long battle with multiple health issues it still causes a heavy heart and brings much sadness to those of us that loved him when the time is finally here.

There are no words that would adequately describe what this man meant to me and my family throughout our relationship with him over the years. Whitey was a former employer who continued to sponsor almost every race car I owned or drove long after I left his employment in 1970 but more importantly he was a mentor and a very revered and treasured friend. For those that believe in the hereafter should find solace in the fact that he is now with his son Bryan Wescott, Sr. who he loved and cherished deeply and who preceded him in death in 2001.

I couldn’t have any more respect than I do for a man that comes from dirt poor roots with no formal education but through hard work, perseverance, honesty and integrity goes onto to create something of himself that a lot of educated men would envy. Whitey was the epitome of that man!

Those that were fortunate enough to have known Whitey and especially those that have called him a friend are far better off for it. I know I am!

Rest in peace my friend.

Joseph and Beth McInturff

May 3, 2020

What a wonderful and caring man Whitey was. It is hard to imagine that this icon is gone. Whitey touched so many lives in so many ways and was always there if and when he saw a need. He was such a staple in the community; his passing will leave a big void for many. He lived such a full life and touched so many of us in so many ways. Our fond memories will last for us and many in the years to come. May he Rest in peace knowing he was loved and will be missed.
Rest in Peace My Friend,
Mr. & Mrs. Joe McInturff
"Sunshine Radiator"

Jo Ligas

May 3, 2020

I remember when I was younger when my family would get together with the Wescott family. Then my Dad passed away and we lost touch. Then Jackie Nasse married Bryan Wescott and we were back in touch. Prayers and love for your family.

Diane Nelson

May 3, 2020

Over 25 years ago, I approached Whitey for a favor. The Tax Collector’s Office was hosting the Tax Collector Conference at the Vinoy. Our theme was the Roaring 20’s , and I knew who to ask for a vintage car to photograph. Whitey, delivered the car to the Vinoy, and he parked it in an area where everyone could have their picture taken with it. To this day, everyone who attended the event said it was the best conference ever. Also, I will be forever grateful for his kindness and support when I ran for office; one never forgets. I also loved receiving the cards and calendars he had with his many vehicles he loved. RIP, my friend, you will be missed!



Marla Newman

May 3, 2020

Whitey will deeply be missed. I remember my husband Delray was constantly talking about Whitey when he was growing up. He was the same age as Delray’s sister Marilyn. I’ll not forget how he would come by and check on me after I lost Delray four years ago. I now know he was a true friend. My prayers goes out to the family. Sincerely, Marla Newman

Butch Allenbaugh

May 3, 2020

I was honored by being a part of the Saturday morning "Largo Mafia" breakfast meetings with RM. RM taught me so much about the history of Largo and his past adventures as he drove me home from the breakfast gathering. He had a story for every neighborhood that we drove thru. RM lived life to the fullest. You will be sadly missed by Nancy and I but the fond memories of our experiences together will last forever.

Butch and Nancy

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Biography

Ralph M. "Whitey" Wescott, 82, of Largo, FL went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020. Ralph was born on May 27th, 1937 in DeFuniak Springs, FL to parents Clara Jean (Boles) Wescott and John Malory Wescott. He moved to the Tampa Bay area when he was 8, and Largo has never been the same! Whitey was the owner of Big 3 Truck Salvage for over 40 years. He was known for his extensive knowledge and large collection of antique trucks, specifically GMC trucks from 1950-1959. This collection included the largest 1950s same series GMC trucks in the nation. He was also the past president of Auto Recycling of Florida and member of the Sheriff's Advisory Board, the Largo Historical Society, and many other organizations.


Whitey was a unique person and will be hugely missed by his family and friends. He was well-respected in his community and a man of his word during a time when a handshake meant everything. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son Bryan Keith Wescott Sr, and his three sisters Christine, Dottie, and Patricia. Left to grieve our loss and heaven’s gain is his daughter Teresa Wescott Lavrinc (James Brian) and their son Tyler, his son's widow Jacqueline Nasse Wescott, and their children Bryan Jr (Alison), Bryana, Blake, and Brittney, along with his great grandchildren Bryan III and Aliana. Also grieving is his loving fiancé, Kay Jackson, who stood by his side for over 20 years. Left to mourn him are his nephews and nieces: Michael DeLaCruz (Diane), Jason DeLaCruz (Vicky), Toni Romero, Debi Jones (Trevor), YoLawda Hansen, Ashlee Highfill (Joe), and Shianne DeLaCruz (Johnny).


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be two types of services held at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo.


A drive by visitation is planned for Wednesday, May 6th from 3pm-7pm. Our staff will be in the parking lot to guide you.


Also, a limited viewing will be held on Thursday, May 7th from 9am-1pm. Each person must sign up individually to attend this viewing. Please visit https://calendly.com/serenityfuneralhome/celebrating-ralph-whitey-wescott-visitation to schedule a time to say goodbye. We will only be able to allow 8 people at a time into the building in 10 minute increments.


Please be understanding of our staff as we must follow the county guidelines regarding COVID-19. We ask that family and friends remain in their vehicles until our staff invites you to move into the building. We are here for you during this time and will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all gather in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, FL, the Largo Historical Society, or your local Sheriff’s Association.

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