Stanleigh Wells, 87, of Bridgewater, husband of Alison B. Wells, died June 21 at Danbury Hospital.

He was born in Nutley, N.J., son of the late Sheldon S. and Maybell B. Wells. He was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School in Westport and attended the University of Virginia, where he studied advertising and electrical engineering.

He served as a radarman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning from the war, he studied photography and opened Wells Studios in Westport, where he took many portraits of film and Broadway luminaries for the Westport Country Playhouse during the 1940s and '50s.

Early in his career Mr. Wells also worked in advertising and real estate.

He had a great appreciation for architecture, having designed three family homes, and loved woodworking and cabinetry.

It was his passion for advertising and design that led him to the bank and library supply industry. He was the holder of several patents for his literature display designs.

Mr. Wells was known to be a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Mr. Wells is survived by his children, Alden Wells-O'Dwyer, of Bridgewater; Leigh S. Wells, also of Bridgewater; Keith S. Wells, of Roxbury; and Kendall Wells Machado, and her husband, David, of Woodbury; three grandchildren, Brooke, Erin and Terence; eight great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Jean B. Wells, of Westport; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Sheldon B. Wells and David S. Wells.

Memorial services will take place at a later date.