Wayne M. Allen, 71, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Gray Birch in Augusta. He was born Nov. 18, 1939, in Chelsea, son of Earl and Bertha (Coller) Allen.

Wayne grew up in Chelsea and Augusta and went to work at an early age. He worked as an electrician and soon landed at Hudson Pulp and Paper, which later became Statler Tissue. When Statler closed, he went to work at Carleton Woolen Mill until it closed and he retired.

Wayne was known as a jack of all trades. He loved to work on cars and was an accomplished carpenter. He used his skills to gain a reputation as a man who would help anyone who asked. He loved his “garage time.”

Wayne was a real jokester with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed going out to eat Sundays and loved to spend time with his wife and sons.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Liette (Bernard) Allen; his sons, Earl Allen and his companion, Jean Dupuis of Augusta and Paul Allen and his wife, Joanne of Mt. Vernon; stepson, Paul Bernier and his wife, Alice of Thorndike; his daughters, Madeline Grenier and her husband, Tim of Florida, Doreen Woodward and her husband, Steve of North Yarmouth, and Laurie Taylor and her husband, John of Florida; his grandchildren, Amanda and Tiffany Allen, Travis Allen, Shane Allen, Chelsea Allen, Ashley Bernier, James, Shawn and Chris Morton, Tina Jennings, and Daniel, David and Sam Woodward; along with several great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may visit 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at St. Augustine Church. Spring burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery.

Wayne’s family thanks the staff at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Gray Birch Pine-S for the wonderful care and the caring people of Hospice for all they did for Wayne in his last days.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Parish, 24 Washington St., Augusta, ME 04330.

Condolences may be sent to the family through khrfuneralhomes.com