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Wayne F. Gore passed away December 4, 2012 after a brief stay at the Joyce Goldenberg Covenant Hospice. Special thanks to Angela Bottesini and Nurse Colleen for giving us the satisfaction to know we made the right decision in where Wayne would spend his last two days.
Wayne was born August 9, 1947 to Mary Elizabeth Pate Gore and Tolison Cleveland Gore at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. After graduation from Pensacola High, Wayne served in the Army Reserves and began a career in the residential homebuilding business where he was a key player at Keltner Builders, Great American Land Co. and Gulf City Glass and Mirror Specialties, Inc.
Wayne was also instrumental in the formation of the White Heat Aids Foundation and Art Against Aids, Inc serving as an original board member of both organizations which raised thousands of dollars to help those men, women and children needing humanitarian assistance, particularly during those early years of the disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Shawn Gore and a nephew by marriage, Mike Luke.
Survivors include his partner of 23 years, Sam Catches; brothers, Oliver Gore (Virginia) of Pensacola and Gerald Gore (Sally Gartland) of Spring, TX; children, Brian Gore (Elise) and Jennifer Lutz (Josh) of Gulf Breeze; nieces and nephews, Debbie Gore Luke, Tina Endsley (Rick), Missy Gore, all of Pensacola and Crystal Kirles (Jeremy) of Abilene, TX; grandchildren, Tyler, Justin and Lauren Gore as well as Avery and Garrett Lutz, all of Gulf Breeze. His many friendships include dedicated and loyal longtime relationships with Jim Goldman, Denise Settle, Gary Killough, David Parillo, Mitzi Shanholtzer, Mandy Glickman, Pete Giordano, Liz Taylor, Chip and Karyn Spirson, James Amerson, Faye and Joe Rosenbaum, Liz and Jim Rogers, Esther and Jim Robson, Max and Mimi Meredith and John Welch. And of course, there is Wayne's constant companion, Piper his Shihtzu. We all share in the loss of a true Southern Gentleman a rare breed.
We wish to thank the many heath care professionals who assisted Wayne along the path. We extend special thanks to Dr. Barbara Wade, Wayne's longtime choice as GP and Drs. Velasamy, Humeda, Liespino, as well as Brenda, Janet Pierce, Jennifer, Cindy Holloway, Libby Berg and Darryl Miller.
Visitation will be held 2:00pm until the Celebration of Wayne's Life to begin at 3:00pm Saturday, December 8, 2012 Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Ken Griffin officiating. Burial will be private at Bayview Memorial Park.
Donations may be made in Wayne's honor to the Wildlife Sanctuary of NWFL, 105 N. "S" St., Pensacola, FL 32505 or to Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, PO Box 1303, Pensacola, FL 32591.
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HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL
2276 AIRPORT BLVD.
Pensacola, FL 32504
Published in Pensacola News Journal on Dec. 7, 2012