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Wayne Kelley

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EAST DORSET -- Wayne Kelley, 53, a resident of Pleasant Street, died suddenly on Sunday, March 12, 2006. He is survived by his loving wife, Jan; their three children, Morgan, Annakate and Taylor; two sons by a previous marriage, David and Daniel, both of Springfield, Mass.; a stepmother, Peggy Kelley, of Brantford, Ontario; his brother, Jeff Kelley, of Waterloo, Ontario; three sisters, Sheila Kelley, Kirsta Antler, and Tracy Kelley, all of Brantford; and four grandchildren.

Wayne moved to the Northshire from Ontario around 1982 and as the years passed, wore several hats, including stints as a radio disc jockey, docent at Hildene, retail salesman and most recently, as a theatre reviewer for the Manchester Journal. His generous spirit reflected a lifelong interest in biblical studies that could not be confined to any one denomination.

With Jan, Wayne doted on Morgan, Annakate and Taylor. Area parents often met with Wayne, picking up the kids at school or taking them to various other activities. A voracious reader and writer, Wayne sought to instill his passion for learning to all of his charges.

Wayne is perhaps best known for his many on-stage performances as a member of the Dorset Players. He took particular delight in participating in the holiday productions for area children, such as “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “Rumpelstiltskin.” This past December, Wayne fulfilled a personal ambition, portraying the kindly Geppetto in the Players’ production of a musical version of “Pinocchio” with his son, Morgan.

There will be calling hours at Brewster’s Funeral Home in Manchester from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2006. Interment will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. Friends are invited to a celebration of Wayne’s life at the Dorset Playhouse in Dorset on Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Dorset Players (holiday production), c/o Brewster’s Funeral Service, P.O. Box 957, Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2006
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