From the Waterville Morning Sentinel:
Unity – Wyatt Simeon Pillsbury, 23, loving son of Richard and Rosemary (Constable) Pillsbury and wonderful brother to Rocy, Morgan, Cassie, Ashley and Zachary Pillsbury of Unity, died unexpectedly July 11, 2001, in Tanzania. He was born in Waterville, September 12, 1977.
As a boy, Wyatt was in Cub Scouts, active in PAL football, BUM league basketball, soccer and Little League baseball. He attended Sunday School at Unity Union church. He was Principal’s Choice as an eight-grader at Mount View Junior High School as the student most likely to succeed. At Mount View High School, he played soccer and baseball, and enjoyed wrestling. He also played the saxophone and was a member of the chorus. He was an honor student through high school and was a National Merit Commended Scholar. Wyatt participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, and was recognized with a special statewide award for creative thinking.
He was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and attended Brandeis University, where he majored in sociology and minored in environmental studies. While there, he played rugby, was vice president of Students for a Free Tibet and belonged to the Pottery Club and B.U.R.P., the school recycling and environmental education organization.
In September 2000, Wyatt became a Peace Corps trainee in Tanzania in the field of environmental education. In November, after completing training, he was inducted into the Peace Corps, serving in the town of Imilinya. “He was proficient in the Kswahili language and was particularly valued by village leaders for his ability to conduct seminars for farmers on effective agricultural techniques” his supervisor said. “His home became a focal point for village youths and farmers to visit. Wyatt embodied the best traditions of Peace Corps volunteers.”
As well as his parents and siblings, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Ethel Pillsbury of Benton; his maternal grandmother, Annie B. Constable of Unity; and many aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and friends.