Wayne C. Gatchell passed away at home July 13, 2018, surrounded by those who loved him best, after a knock-down, drag-out fight with esophageal cancer. He was 54 years old.

Wayne was predeceased by his beloved father William C. Gatchell Jr. of Searsport and his favorite Uncle Philip “Butchy” Osle of Unionville, Conn.

He is survived by his loving mother Sarah “Sally” M. Gatchell of Searsport; his only brother Steven M. and wife Mary Gatchell of Stonington; and by his adoring daughters Heather L. and Audrey E. Gatchell of South Yarmouth, Mass. He also leaves his Aunt Jean Gonsalves of Westfield, Mass., and Cathy “Citty” Sonnenburg of Avon, Conn., as well as many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Wayne graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1982 and joined the Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Trenton LPD-14 in Grenada and in Beirut during the Israeli-Lebanon crisis. After the Navy, Wayne was employed at Bath Iron Works and was Liberty's Assistant Fire Chief for many years. A gearhead, Pats fan, fishing guru, animal lover, and music enthusiast, Wayne’s passion for fun always made him the best partner in crime for an outdoor adventure. He could fill a room with laughter as soon as he walked through the door and mastered many skills during his 54 years of life.

The family would like to thank the Cancer Care of Maine Oncology Department at Waldo County Hospital for all their support; and his neighbors in Maritime Woods, Cindy and Shirlene, for their friendship and kindness through the years. A heartfelt thank you to Linda Gatchell, Shirley and Sara Osle, Bella Cistulli, Breanna and Garrett Gatchell, and his Navy buddy Neil Murphy for their compassion and kindness during Wayne’s final days.

Wayne will be laid to rest at Grove Cemetery, Belfast, with a graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes may make a donation in his name to the Cancer Care of Maine Oncology Department at Waldo County Hospital. You can also pay it forward with a random act of kindness to someone in need in his honor.

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