Obituary: Wayne Ronald Cormier

Wayne Ronald Cormier

BELGRADE – Wayne Ronald Cormier, 67, passed away on Feb. 27, 2022, from ongoing health issues. Wayne was born July 20, 1954, in Waterville Maine, the oldest child of Donald Aldric Cormier and Sylvie Arlene Champeon. The doctor’s handwritten bill for his delivery was $15.00. After graduating from Waterville Senior High School in 1972, Wayne enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a sonar technician. Wayne later earned an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Maine at Augusta. Wayne had a natural aptitude for electronics, some of the work he did throughout his life included designing test equipment for dialysis machines, design of early ATMs, building PCs in the mid 1980’s, and programming applications for TD Bank starting in 2003.Wayne pursued his pastimes with extreme passion. During his high school years, he honed his photography skills and was a skilled jumper for the Waterville Ski Team. He gained a love of billiards while working at his father’s pool hall in Waterville, later co-owning pool halls in Livermore Falls and Farmington with his brother Maurice, and, frequenting TJ’s Classic Billiards. He was a skilled woodworker and had been perfecting the art of building pool cues. As a professional blacksmith, he also trained and drove Standardbred racehorses. Fishing for salmon and togue at Northeast Carry (Moosehead Lake) was another beloved pastime; in later years he golfed at Natanis Golf Course nearly every day. At home, he often referred to himself as a ‘cat magnet’ or the ‘computer wizard’. Wayne’s addictive personality posed challenges during his life. In 2008, he founded the Wednesday night recovery meeting at Getchell St Baptist Church, which is still well attended. When involved in the program, he made many friends and helped support others who were struggling with addiction. Ultimately, the addiction struggle was too great for him to win.Wayne is survived by his five children, Angela Dostie, Robin (Randy) Lovely, Dawn (Jason) Bryant, Richard Cormier, and Sarah Cormier; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his partner of 37 years, Linda Bacon; his brother Maurice (Sharon) Cormier, his sister Cynthia (Elroy) Russell, four stepsiblings, as well as a dear aunt, Rita Cormier, Uncle Carroll Weymouth, six nephews, one niece, and many close cousins.Wayne was predeceased by his parents Donald Cormier and Sylvie Champeon, stepparents Gloria Cormier and Ralph Champeon, grandparents Maurice and Esther Weymouth, Aldric and Marion Cormier, many aunts and uncles, including a close uncle, his father’s twin, Ronald Cormier.A remembrance of life service will be held at Getchell Street Baptist Church in Waterville, Maine on Saturday, March 12, at 1 pm The service may also be heard from the parking lot on 91.7 FM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Waterville Police Department OpioidRecovery Project.

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