The owner of a North Hall construction company who was killed last week in a lawn mower accident was remembered by his fiancee Monday as a skilled construction worker who was willing to help anyone in need and loved the color red.
Kelly Westmorland, 55, died Thursday in an accident as he was mowing grass on an embankment with his 60-inch Hustler, Super Zero Turn Lawn Mower, according to Lt. Scott Ware, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Sandi Lint remembered her fiancé on Monday for his kindness.
“He had the biggest heart,” she said. “He never met a stranger. He could be in the grocery store and somebody could be short on groceries and was going to put something back and he would go, ‘No, I’ve got it.’ If a power bill needed to be paid, he paid it.”
Ware said Westmorland was found unresponsive underneath the mower around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies and EMS responders attempted CPR and other measures, but they were unable to revive him.
Ware said investigators believe Westmorland “lost control of the tractor/mower, went down the embankment and died of multiple internal injuries.”.
Lint said she found Westmorland and called 911. She said she had seen him earlier when he had come home from the store.
“He had two bags — one had two half-gallon jugs of milk and the other had two packages of cornmeal,” Lint said. “He said, ‘I saw the soup beans cooking,’ and he was smiling so big. He said, ‘I’m having cornbread tonight.’”
She said he put the milk and cornmeal away, gave her a hug and kiss and headed out on the lawn mower. She said he usually mowed the lawn every five days.
“I was on the deck cooking pork chops, and I didn’t hear the lawn mower,” she remembered. “He’s always talking to a neighbor. I flipped the pork chops and thought, ‘It’s getting dark and it’s been a little bit too long. I went straight up toward that hill.”
She said she saw him trapped under the mower but couldn’t help him. She said she was “screaming at the top of my lungs.” Westmorland owned Kelly Westmorland Construction LLC for more than 30 years, according to Lint.
“He was bigger than life,” she said. “There wasn’t nothing he couldn’t do. Anybody who called him and said, ‘Hey, can you build this for me? I’ve checked around; nobody can build it.’ He could build it. He never went to school, but he could read a blueprint. He could draw his own blueprints out.”
She said he would use his construction abilities to help others as well. On numerous occasions, she said Westmorland built a wheelchair ramp for someone who was hurt and confined to a wheelchair.
“That’s what he did,” she said. “He wouldn’t charge them a penny.”
She said he was a cowboy and had cowboy emblems on all of his trucks.
Westmorland also loved the color red.
“Everything had to be red,” she said. “He always said, ‘If it ain’t red, paint it.’ All of his vehicles were red. His motorcycles were red. Most of his trailers were red. If you looked at my pool, all you would see is red chairs.”