ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Wesley Emmons 83 years old , born on January 2, 1928 and passed away on May 23, 2011. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Martin Brown on March 20, 2019
Another year, Wes, and I still think often how bright is my memory of you and the good times I enjoyed with you and Ellen and the boys. I still cherish
every day the examples of your craft when I snap on my belt and close it
with my Emmons belt buckle and of course your handsome ring is on my finger always as a reminder of you. Martin
Posted by Rod Mazzoli on March 19, 2019
Back in the late 1960s I was wondering around Philadelphia and found Wesley’s silver store. I was probably 18 and loved his work and took a liking to Wesley. I made numerous trips to Philadelphia by bus and train from my home in south jersey and decided to buy two of his silver rings , one for my girlfriend and for myself. I finally saved enough money and bought them. I married my girlfriend and unfortunately lost her but I still have my Wesley Emmons silver ring. I wonder if she still has hers? Wesley was a special person! Thanks Wesley
Posted by Martin Brown on October 25, 2018
Wes, Ellen and the boys are still remembered as very dear friends.
         Martin Brown
10/25/2018
Posted by Martin Brown on May 24, 2017
I miss you as much as ever Wes.  I remember with a smile the
time I was spending a month in Paris and I was strolling down a little side street. Suddenly I heard your voice calling me and there you were
out for your daily run !!!
Posted by Claude Vurtis on May 23, 2017
Love to Wesley. Heath and happiness to Ellen.
Posted by Martin Brown on January 2, 2016
Wes is gone, but certainly not forgotten. Every time his name is
mentioned fond memories of his smiling face and great personality
are brought to mind. I cherish my friendship with him, Ellen, and
Wes and Hoyt.
Posted by Tony Kerry on September 30, 2015
I had the greatest privilege to meet both Wes and his son Hoyt at the Harvey Hadden 6 day Races in the UK. A man who's heart and kindness surpassed all others and my thoughts go out to all his family
Posted by Claude Vurtis on July 9, 2015
Love was always the atmosphere in the house on S. 16th Street and full of mystery as collections of different things were toolsf the magician Wesley Emmons. and his beautiful fairy Ellen. It's will never ever live that special place in my heart which I design by them. Ellen and Wesley are our American Heritage of best Loving and Beloved people. Forever remembered.
Posted by Martin Brown on May 23, 2015
I sure miss this great guy. Always smiling with something nice
to say. His artistic talents were great and I have many examples
which I enjoy every day. My best to his loving family.
Posted by Martin Brown on January 2, 2013
To Ellen, Wes and Hoyt,

  Wes is still in my memory and heart as a great friend
Posted by Walter Waugaman on January 2, 2012
Happy Birthday Wesley! We miss you at Curtis!
Posted by Wesley Emmons on May 31, 2011
thanks for being there for me over the years, dad, watching me grow, patiently watching me run, massaging my calves at night when they would cramp, letting me find my own path, and for teaching me how to "THIMP" (think).
Posted by Ernest Salandria on May 28, 2011
We will all miss the Mayor of 16th Street...............Ernest Salandria
Posted by Martin Brown on May 28, 2011
Dear Ellen and Boys,
 It has been a great pleasure for me to have known
Wes and his family for so many years. Wes was always
so pleasant and fun to be with. Rita and I especially
enjoyed the Christmas Eve gatherings each year.
Posted by Natalie Nicole on May 28, 2011
While growing up, visiting my grandparents house was like entering a fairytale. We were encouraged to use our imagination, & use resources around the house for entertainment. My grandfather always smiled & looked on. Thank you for your encouragement
Posted by H Emmons on May 26, 2011
We love you - thanks for being such an important part of our lifes - thanks for being my Dad. - Hoyt
Posted by Arleen Pajic on May 26, 2011
Ellen & Family,

We will certainly miss Wesley coming to Eisenhower Fellowships. He always put a smile on our face. We just loved to see him. We will miss his smile. - Arleen Pajic
Posted by Glenn StCoeur on May 26, 2011
Dear Ellen - I will always think of Wesley as I walk down 16th St. - THE MAYOR! What a pleasure to stop by and chat with him every time - always finding something nice to say about the day . . . Peace & Love - Glenn StCoeur, The Prime Rib

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Posted by Martin Brown on March 20, 2019
Another year, Wes, and I still think often how bright is my memory of you and the good times I enjoyed with you and Ellen and the boys. I still cherish
every day the examples of your craft when I snap on my belt and close it
with my Emmons belt buckle and of course your handsome ring is on my finger always as a reminder of you. Martin
Posted by Rod Mazzoli on March 19, 2019
Back in the late 1960s I was wondering around Philadelphia and found Wesley’s silver store. I was probably 18 and loved his work and took a liking to Wesley. I made numerous trips to Philadelphia by bus and train from my home in south jersey and decided to buy two of his silver rings , one for my girlfriend and for myself. I finally saved enough money and bought them. I married my girlfriend and unfortunately lost her but I still have my Wesley Emmons silver ring. I wonder if she still has hers? Wesley was a special person! Thanks Wesley
Posted by Martin Brown on October 25, 2018
Wes, Ellen and the boys are still remembered as very dear friends.
         Martin Brown
10/25/2018
Recent stories
Shared by David Brier on February 6, 2012

I was looking through a Long distance log circa 1974 and came accross a race result I had complketly forgot about. It was a marathon in the middle of July at Gloucester County College. Wesley Emmons age 46 with a time 0f 4:46 finished the race!. I had such a flood of memories. It all came back;the unrelenting dogged determination to keep going in a 90 degree sun pounding day. A snippet of a memory from the many I had with my friend and running buddy.

How I Met Wesley Emmons

Shared by Walter Waugaman on June 25, 2011

I had just finished dinner at what was Mirabella's Restaurant behind the Academy of Music on Locust Street on April 24, 1990.  As I was coming down the steps to the sidewalk on Locust Street, I noticed a few people entering the rear entrance of the Academy of Music to the right of the bottom of the steps.  I also noticed a lady dressed in the Academy of Music usher's uniform which was a maroon blazer jacket with brass buttons and black pants standing at the Academy of Music rear entrance door.  When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I walked to her and asked her what was going on.  She told me that the Guarneri String Quartet was giving a concert.  I responded that I thought I had seen an article in the paper about that.  She then asked me "Do you have a ticket?" I answered "No".  She then said "I have one."  She then pulled one out of her right lower outside pocket and put it in the one on her left lower outside pocket.  I continued to stand there for a few seconds not knowing quite what to do because I wasn't expecting anything like that and she then said to me "You can go in now."  I said something like "Uh, ok, thank you."

  I entered and climbed several steps and continued through a wide passage way that opened into the back of a small performance hall filled with rows of chairs facing a performance area with a center aisle and and an aisle on the right and left ends of the rows .  Since there was no raised stage the performance area was on the same level as the audience.  In the performance area there were four chairs arranged in the standard string quartet arrangement with two side by side facing each other on either side of the center of the performance area.  There were some acoustically reflective screens  arranged in a broad semicircle behind the performer's chairs.  Since there were no reserved seats, I entered the hall and took a few seconds to look for a seat and noticed that there were some empty seats just to the left of the center aisle about half way between the front and the rear.  So, I took one of those next to an older gentleman.

  At the intermission the gentleman whom I was sitting next to introduced himself saying "Hello I am Wesley Emmons" and I replied "Hello I am Walter Waugaman".  Next, I said "You must be the Jogging Goldsmith."  He then asked "Where did you hear that?".  I told him that had heard his advertisement on WFLN which was at that time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week commercial classical music FM radio station to which I listened every day.  To which he replied something like "Oh that must have been Ralph Collier."

  The whole program that night consisted of Beethoven string quartets.  String Quartet in G Major Opus 18,  No.2 and  String Quartet in G Major Opus 18,  No.6 (There are six quartets in Opus 6) were played before the intermission.  After the intermission, the Guarneri String Quartet played my favorite string quartet which is the Beethoven Opus 59, No. 1.  This was one of the most wonderful concerts that I have ever heard because it was the first time that I had ever heard all of these quartets, including my favorite, live played by one of the best string quartets in the world and it was free, no admission charge.

  At the end Wesley signed my program and told me about the Curtis institute of music and said the I should come to the student recitals there and that they were free.  About two months later I moved into my present apartment in the Academy House.  I began jogging around Rittenhouse Square several days a week and would often pass Wesley on the sidewalk.  Every time I saw him he would remind me about coming to Curtis  saying "Walter you have to come to Curtis!".  It was like an old cracked or nicked  phonograph record that skips back to the beginning every time the stylus goes over a crack or nick in the surface of the record.  This continued until I finally attended my first student recital at the Curtis Institute of Music on Monday October 21, 1991 which was the first student recital of the 1991-1992 season.  When I entered Curtis Hall, Wesley was already seated in his customary seat which was in the center of the last row which is against the back wall and goes all the way across with no break for the center aisle which gave him a clear view of the stage.  As soon as I came through the door to the hall, he waved to me and called out in loud voice "Walter".

Our Best Fan

Shared by Chuck Sterne on June 1, 2011

All of us at Curtis will miss Wesley, especially the young musicians who considered Wesley, "our best fan."  He was our most loyal, enthusiastic, attentive, appreciative and sincere auidnience member. He will be missed, not only by the students, but by all of us on the Curtis staff.