OBITUARY

Wayne L. Washburn

May 2, 1949January 2, 2021
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A Funeral Mass for Wayne L. Washburn, age 71 of Ogdensburg will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday January 6, 2021 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. Justin Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at Foxwood Memorial Park with military honors.

Calling hours will be held also on Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Washburn passed away on Saturday (Jan 2, 2021) at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Surviving are his children Salange “Sally” Washburn, Cookie & Jon Lovely, Anne Washburn and Dean Washburn & his fiancee’ Brandy Middlemiss all of Ogdensburg; three brothers Joseph Washburn of Morristown, Daniel Washburn of Ogdensburg, Gerald Washburn & his wife Teena of Ogdensburg; sisters Mildred “Cookie” Recore & her husband Mike of Morristown and Sharon Washburn of Morristown; grandchildren Nathan Angel, Mariah Hurst, Natalie Lovely, Trent Lovely and Hannah Washburn; great-granddaughter Amelia Luther and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife Cynthia on February 3, 2016.

Wayne was born on May 02, 1949 in Ogdensburg, a son of the late Robert L. & Iva Mae (Pratt) Washburn. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1968 and entered the US Marine Corps in 1969 where he obtained an engineering degree. He received his honorable discharge in 1971. He later married Cynthia A. Groulx on September 11, 1971.

During his career he was employed with Potters Industries as a warehouse supervisor for 30 years, retiring in 2003. Wayne was a Pilgrim and active member of the Ogdensburg Moose Lodge where he was recently awarded honorary State Past President of the New York State Moose Association for countless hours of dedication and support for the lodge. Wayne also gave much of himself to other area clubs to include the Elks, Knights of Columbus where he earned 3rd degree, the American Legion as a 45 year member and the Hammond VFW.

Wayne enjoyed bowling, hunting, playing softball, traveling to Moose conventions, playing bingo, going to the casino and spending time with his family and friends. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ogdensburg Moose Lodge, 609 Pickering Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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Kelly Pryde Kilby

January 13, 2021

To the family and friends of Wayne,
So very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts snd prayers to you all during this difficult time.
I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne when my ex husband (Jim Pryde) worked with him at Potters Industries in Potsdam. I'm sure Wayne will be sharing a joke or two with Jim now, as Jim passed away 12/21/2020 in FL.
I remember attending the Christmas party's, Wayne was the life of the evening. Always had a smile and a laugh for you.
RIP Wayne
With Deepest Condolences,
Kelly Pryde Kilby
Ladson, SC

Bruce Russell

January 7, 2021

I Worked With Your Dad At Potter's For 20 Years. He Was A Great Man Who Mad Everyone Around Him Laugh. He Was A Jokester And Could Tell more Jokes And Better Than Any Comedian. He Always Spoke Kindly About Everyone ,But Most Of All About His Family. He Will Be Missed By Everyone Who Knew Him. So Proud To Call Him MY Friend And Fellow Worker. RIP MY FRIEND YOU WILL Deeply MISSED. Bruce Russell

Scott Hart

January 7, 2021

We send our deepest sympathy on your loss of an incredible father, grandfather, brother and friend in Wayne. Thank you for sharing his life with the Moose Fraternity all these years. He had a heart for the less fortunate and went out of his way to bless the children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. May you find peace and strength as you mourn his passing and celebrate all the good that he brought into your life and into the world.

James Fordham

January 6, 2021

R I P my friend you will surely be missed in the Moose Organization, in your lodge, and by all your family and me . Please forgive me for not being there today to grieve with you all. I am 89 years old and I don’t dare to travel so please forgive me. R I P my friend , JimF (Pilgrim)

Karen Huntley

January 6, 2021

To Wayne’s family, brothers & sister. Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I am unable to be there during this difficult time. I was born a couple months before Wayne and as children when my family came to visit or his would come to visit us in Natural Bridge out in the country we always had plenty of fun. And as we had gotten older and started our own families, you think we’d all get together. But time passes and we find the only times we all see each other would be at weddings or funerals. Most of the time it would be briefly keeping in touch once a year with a Christmas card. When we did see each other could always count on him having lots of stories. He was quite the talker. He will be missed. My thoughts, prayers and love to everyone. Cousin Karen

Larry & Linda LaRue

January 5, 2021

Washburn Family,

Our condolences to the Washburn Family.

We always enjoyed talking with Wayne when we saw him out and about. He always said hello to us even if we were across the store. We also always appreciated his jokes. He was quite the fella. We will truly miss him. He was a great friend.

Larry & Linda LaRue

Scott Sargent

January 5, 2021

So very sorry for your loss, prayers for your family at this difficult time...

Scott Sargent

Linda Carroll

January 4, 2021

Sally,Cookie Jo,Annie,Dean and families, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, I know the pain you are all feeling. He is no longer suffering and that is a relief to you. He is now with your mother, my sister. You took good care of him. You have many memories to share with each other. I am sorry I cannot be with you at this time, but know that I am thinking of you. Love, Aunt Linda


Nikki Woods

January 4, 2021

I could go on for days about the many times you made me smile and laugh...my heart goes out to your family and friends who will be lost without your physical spirit here with us on earth daily...I find solace knowing you are where you want to be in your eternal resting place reunited with your beloved...pain free...fly high Wayno! Until we meet again...thank you for all the bowling lessons and being my biggest fan!
Semper Fi...❤

Sandy Barnes

January 4, 2021

I remember Wayne as a kid like me on Pearl St with my grandmother Eva Groulx Gary Cook etc playing catch! We kids would want to stop but not gram. We could play into the night because we lived right behind the “mill” so the lights were bright. What fun we had!!🥰🙏🏻🇺🇸

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