OBITUARY

Wayne John Andrews

May 26, 1947February 5, 2018

Wayne Andrews, 70, of Nashua, passed away after a brief illness, with family by his side. He was born in Nashua, NH on May 26, 1947, son of the late Michael and Laura (Szabunka) Andrews.

Wayne Andrews, a man who was always “pretty much good, not too much bad” and willing to bet “double or nothing” with his arm wrestling skills anytime he was to purchase anything, anywhere. Wayne was a retired firefighter of the city of Nashua where he will be extremely missed. He was also a Veteran of the US Navy, where he served on the USS Turner Joy in the Vietnam War. Wayne was also an active supporter of the Nashua school athletics, especially football which was a great passion for him. His passion for powerlifting, arm wrestling and mentoring people within these sports gave him great pride with the people he was able help.

Wayne also represented his Country at the World Police and Fire games from the 1980’s on. He competed in these games multiple times around the globe winning countless gold, silver and bronze medals in many events. Including powerlifting, arm wrestling and shot put. Wayne received medals in 1987 in San Diego, 1991 in Memphis TN, 1992 in Las Vegas, NV, 1995 in Colorado, 1997 in Alberta, Canada, 1998 in Durban, South Africa, 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden, 2000 in Paris, France, 2001 in Indiana, and in New Zealand and Australia.

In the 1970’s Wayne was the founder and president of Andrews Power Gym Inc. A non-profit organization with the mission to train people in the sport of powerlifting and to compete globally. As a member of the American Drug Free Powerlifting organization, through the gym, he was able to provide a positive and mentoring environment for countless individuals.

Wayne is very well known throughout the greater Nashua Community and around the world. He is thought of as a friend and mentor to all. He never met a stranger, anywhere, ever… Leaving only the most positive impression on all.

He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter Heather of NH, son Kevin and his wife Laura of CT, daughter Amy and her husband Scott of NH, beloved sister Barbara of TX, sister in-law Karen of KS, granddaughter Caitlyn of NH, Grandson Matthew of NH, grandson Ian and granddaughter Emily of CT, and great granddaughter Mina of NH, and many nieces and nephews around the country. Wayne’s eye for perfection, unending curiosity, and personal drive to learn all he could inspired his children (and others) to succeed in life.

While Wayne could be proud of many things like his amazing Gym, 20 years with the Fire Department, his service in the US Navy, the care he took in his home, the countless trophies he brought home from hundreds of competitions, the people he mentored…. Nothing made him more proud than his family.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 4:00PM-8:00PM at the Zis-Sweeney & St. Laurent Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St. Nashua. Burial will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 1:30PM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, February 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Clare Andrews

April 6, 2018

Dear Andrews family
I am so sorry for your loss I remember Wayne from when I was very young my dad Bob always told stories about Wayne and how proud he was of him I have been trying to find out about the Andrews family history when I saw Wayne's obit I can't say enough how sorry I am I didn't find out in time for the service. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Vincent Williams

February 24, 2018

Mr. Andrews I just heard of your passing and I thank you for all you have done for me. You opened your weight room to me several years ago and when I didn't have money to pay you allowed me to train there anyway. Great lifter better man and father. You will be missed.

Claude and Sandra Dupont

February 19, 2018

Hi Debbie,
Sandra and I were in disbelief when we heard about Waynes passing. He was a good hearted person and will be missed by many. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Claude & Sandra Dupont

Brian Thompson

February 13, 2018

"My friend brought me down to Andrews Power Gym when we were both juniors in High School in the later 80's. After the first day I was hooked. 2 to 3 hours a day 6 days a week...There was no other gym like Waynes...Hard core like no other place...There were two guys in the gym who could get everyone in the place to stop what they were doing and just watch while they moved some steel...That was Wayne with the squat and dead lift. And Ted Arcidi on the bench press...Truly a sight to see...I have a lot of fond memories of the gym and I owe that to Wayne. Thank you Wayne. RIP big man"

February 13, 2018

David Chesson and Jeanne Gagnon Chesson living in Florida since 1982 from class of 1965 nashua send our condolences and were sad to hear of Wayne's passing..

Paul DeBye

February 12, 2018

I have known Wayne for a little over ten years. His approachability, comradery and mentorship rightly earned him a place in the hearts of many, competitors and non-competitors alike.

I have always admired his physical strength and work ethic, even in his older years; a work horse for the ages. They don't make many like Wayne anymore.

Sincerest condolences to his family and others close to him at such a sad time.
Rest in peace, Wayne.

Jim Kathios

February 12, 2018

Met Wayne in the 1980's and he encouraged me to compete in my first powerlifting meet. Enjoyed lifting on his team for several years. He always got the crowd roaring with the heaviest deadlift of the meet. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Wayne. Jim Kathios

Ray and Kathy Houle

February 12, 2018

So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Ray and I have known Wayne for over 30 years.
We had good times as a team in all the AAU Powerlifting meets,states,Nationals,worlds.
Wayne will be missed. Rest in peace.
Ray and Kathy Houle

Loren and Dot Blair

February 12, 2018

Met Wayne back in the 70's at the gym , great friend , mentor and all round person. Great memories of power meets, trips to the beach, eating at the Greeks, and his infamous VW!! Wayne ways always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. No one was beyond help!! We thank you Wayne for making the world a better place. We look forward to seeing you again in the resurrection!!

Ken Renoux

February 11, 2018

Remember Wayne from NFD always had a smile on his face . May God bless and keep him and give his family strength during this difficult time .

Ken Renoux
Seminole Florida