Yarmouth, ME – Wayne N. Collins, 77, of Yarmouth passed away at his home on Thursday, April 6, 2017 with his wife and son by his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Sheila (Ricker) Collins.
He was born in Portland, ME on April 18, 1939 a son of the late Newton T. & Marion E. (Mansfield) Collins. Wayne was a painter all his life, starting at age 14 painting houses with his father. At age 17 he and his two brothers all joined the US Army under the buddy system and all went to boot camp together. Once they finished boot camp the three of them shipped off to Korea and stationed along the DMZ. They were in the same company although different battalions.
Upon his discharge from the Army, Wayne went right back to painting, owning his own business for a short time. He moved to Florida around 1971 for a short stint where he worked as a yacht painter for Spencer Boat Company in Florida and a few times was even flown out to the Bahamas to paint a yacht or sailboat for someone.
In 1975 he came back to Maine and married his high school sweetheart, Sheila Ricker; they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in December 2016. He went to work for Bath Iron Works, retiring in 2000; however retirement bored him and he took a part time job as the Portland Country Club, a job that lasted 14 years.
Wayne enjoyed traveling with Sheila and his favorite destination was Myrtle Beach, SC. The two of them spent time there each winter for 22 years and made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed playing cribbage and dominoes and he thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf, even scoring a hole in one at Toddy Brook Golf Course when they first opened.
Wayne was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed helping people, working around his home and spending time with family and friends.
Besides his wife Sheila, he is survived by his son Dwayne Collins and his wife Tina of Auburn, his daughter Nada Russell, his brother Russell Collins and his wife April of North Yarmouth, seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He also leaves a brother-in-law Gary Ricker and his wife Pat of Yarmouth, two sister-in-laws Shirley Lessard and her husband Paul of Topsham and Joyce Tanguay and her husband Don of South Portland as well as his mother-in-law Mary Burns of Yarmouth and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Teresa Campbell and Nelson Collins and a brother of the late Bill Collins, Esther Flanders and Barbara Collins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. at First Parish Church, 116 Main Street Yarmouth.
Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne’s memory can be made to:
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Hospice of Southern Maine or American Cancer Society of Maine