EASTHAMPTON - Wayne R. Spaulding, 86, of 7 Pinebrook Drive, Easthampton, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at home of a broken heart.
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Wayne was born March 8, 1927, in Burlington, Vt., moving to Northampton in 1941. He graduated from Northampton High School in 1945. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Wayne married his high school sweetheart Janet Nolan May 22, 1948. They had been married 65 years. They met at a dance in 1944 and a true love story began and will continue through eternity. Wayne and Jan moved to Easthampton in December 2000 to be near their family.
Wayne leaves four children, three sons, Craig and wife Dale, Gary (Chip) and family, Michael (Mickey) and wife Robin and a daughter, Debbie Goulet and husband Paul, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Jan in January 2014.
Wayne was a loving husband and father, family meant everything to him. Wayne enjoyed working in his work shop making things for the family, doing projects around the house, yard work and flowers. A jack of all trades, he enjoyed fixing things and remodeling. He liked riding his bike and taking walks. The family camped together for 42 years from Maine to Florida. He was in scouting from Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Sea Scout before enlisting in the Navy.
When the family was growing up, Wayne was an assistant then cub master of pack #9 Jackson Street School and assistant scout master troop #110 Florence Congregational Church. Wayne and Jan were active in square dancing and enjoyed ballroom dancing their entire adult lives. Wayne worked in McCallum's Department Store, The Springfield Armory during the Korean War, and retired from the Northampton Post Office in 1982 after 27 years. He then sold real estate for five years.
He is a former member of Edwards and Florence Congregational Church, Elks Lodge #997, American Legion Post #28, National Association of Letters Carriers #64, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Wayne was principal clerk for the polls in Ward 5A for 12 years before moving to Easthampton. He was a people person and known for his off the wall humor. He enjoyed a good time and was an avid football fan.
To honor his wishes, services are private. The Ahearn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital in Springfield or the American Red Cross.
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 8, 2014