August 29, 1932 - July 27, 2017
Service Date: August 1, 2017
Family and friends may call on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in So. Portland.
Wayne Bazemore, 84, died peacefully with his loving family by his side, on July 27, 2017 at the Newton Center in Sanford.
Wayne was born on August 29, 1932 in Windsor, So. Carolina, the son of Roy G. and Gladys E. (Carter) Bazemore. He grew up in Newport News, Virginia and as he entered his junior year in high school, Wayne joined the National Guards and served from 1949 – 1950 before he enlisted into the U.S. Navy; where he served with distinction and honor from 1950 – 1954. Upon his honorable discharge, Wayne was part of the Navy Reserves and was recalled to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1961 – 1962.
Wayne met the love of his life at a local diner in Fall River, Massachusetts. He asked Elaine Flaherty out to a movie and then they went dancing at Lincoln Park. They married on January 5, 1953 and were blessed with two children, a son, Thomas and daughter Bonny. For over the past 45 years, they made Sanford their home. Elaine stayed home to raise the children when they were young before returning to the workforce. Wayne worked for Cyro Industries for close to 30 years, spending 25 of those years as a supervisor, retiring in 1992.
Wayne was active within his hometown of Sanford; he was a Board member of the St. Ignatius Credit Union, a member of the American Legion and the Elks in Sanford as well as a former commander of the Brown Emmons Post # 134, American Legion in Alfred. Both Wayne and Elaine were humbled and honored when the local DAV was named the Thomas W. Bazemore # 19 Chapter in Sanford, in memory of their son, who died while serving in the Vietnam War.
Wayne and Elaine took many trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia to visit Wayne’s family. A special treat was visiting the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, where they spent many happy hours sight-seeing. They had a ball on their Caribbean Cruises out of Miami, Florida and each became “young again” when they visited Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion in Tennessee. Their annual pilgrimage to Florida for four months starved off the winter blues as they took in the sights and sounds of SeaWorld and visiting Walt Disney World.
When they were home in Maine, you would find the two of them working outside their home, planting a variety of flower beds and their annual vegetable garden. They loved animals and had many dogs through-out their lifetimes. Wayne also had the pleasure of going to Fenway to see his beloved Red Sox play and to the Super Bowl when the New England Patriots played and won!
Wayne has now been reunited with his parents, his beloved wife, Elaine, his son, Thomas and his daughter, Bonny, his sister, Muriel House and his two nephews and three nieces.
Family survivors include his two granddaughters, Crystal Hahn and husband Brad of New Mexico; and Elaine Junkins of Colorado; his six great-grandchildren, Chelsie Johnstone and Savannah Hahn of New Mexico; and Ashley, Emma, Charity and Kaitlin Junkins, all of Maine.
Family and friends may call on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in So. Portland.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.