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Chamber honors Deswerts with Citizens of the Year Award

Wayne and Doris Deswert were named Citizens of the Year at the Westport Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.

Wayne and Doris Deswert were named Citizens of the Year at the Westport Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— At their annual meeting, the Westport Chamber of Commerce awarded its Citizen of the Year Award to Wayne and Doris Deswert.

The couple purchased the Victorian Lady Bed and Breakfast in Westport in 1993 and operated it until 2010. They also owned and operated the Lakeside Motel and Westport Hotel and Tavern, which are now operated by their daughter, Jayne, and husband, Jim Vance.

Wayne was born March 28, 1929 and joined the Army at the age of 17, earning the rank of sergeant. He met Doris in eighth grade, and the two were married on Dec. 11, 1948, raising son Wayne and daughter Jayne. They also have two grandchildren, Heather and Paige, and four great-grandchildren — Blake, Madelyn, Braden and Bryce.

After serving as a member of a chamber in New Jersey, the Deswerts first came to the North Country as camp owners in Willsboro before purchasing the Victorian Lady and joining the Westport Chamber in 1994. Wayne also worked for Traveler’s Insurance Company.

Doris was a volunteer at the Valley Forge Military Hospital and has been a country line dance and bridge card game teacher.

“Wayne and Doris will be married for 64 years in December,” Dee Carroll said. “Doris nursed Wayne through quadruple bypass surgery following a heart attack and cancer. Wayne cares for Doris with the same compassion, patience and love she showed him during his time of need.”

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