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Wayne E. Dean

July 18, 1955November 8, 2020

Wayne Dean of Westbrook, Connecticut passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2020 at the age of 65. Wayne is survived by his wife, Betsy; his children, Jacob, Matthew and Amy; and his sister, Christy Dean Dunn. He is predeceased by his parents, Elwin and Patricia Dean.

Wayne was born in Vermont on July 18, 1955. He is a graduate of Lyndon State College and Springfield College. He spent his 34 year career in various roles within the Yale University Athletics Department. Most of his time was spent working with the hockey, golf and baseball programs.

On August 23, 1980 he married Betsy. On November 28, 1988 they welcomed their first child Jacob, on August 17, 1990 his second son Matthew was born, and on June 9, 1992 his daughter Amy was born.

Wayne loved spending time with his family and his dog Baylee on his sailboat, splitting cords of wood as a family in order to heat the house, and making a point to never miss the PGA Tour golf tournament in Hartford every year. Wayne would drop everything he was doing to help the people he loved. The pride he took in his work was unparalleled and the loyalty he showed to his friends and family was remarkable.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation there will be a private family service this week and a celebration of his life planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Valley Shore Animal Welfare League.



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Thomas Pepe

November 30, 2020

Sorry to hear Wayne has passed away. Remember him with a smile.

Pat Murphy

November 18, 2020

This is an incredible loss to me both professionally and personally. I met Wayne roughly 15 years ago as we collaborated on bringing the NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament to Bridgeport. He would often say to me that we made a great team. The truth is Wayne with his knowledge, compassion and work ethic made everyone look good. We became very good friends. This loss is immeasurable. He will be thought of constantly and fondly. You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace my friend!

Christy Dunn

November 14, 2020

A final goodbye . Doesn’t seem possible. No more hockey games , burgers on the grill, holidays , there are just to many special times to mention that we shared. I hope you heard what I said about you today. Because of this crazy world it was just the family , but so many others have honored you and told how you touched their lives. I’m so glad I have your wonderful kids and beautiful wife in my life to continue our family traditions. You are with so many angels🙏🏻 say hi to them for me. I’m trying to find peace in all the brokenness. In time maybe. 💔 Like both you and Dad would say “I’ll buck ta hell up” and persevere. Heaven is a richer place today. I’ll forever miss you. Rest easy big brother 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💔
Your work on earth is done . You’ve left it a better place and I’m
Blessed to have had you as beacon of strength my entire life Thank you for being who you we were and who you inspired others to be. You were a sparkle in this world. I’ll be seeing ya! All my love until the end!😢😢

Anne marie Brayton

November 13, 2020

Thinking of all of you!! Hugs from the Chicoine and Brayton’s during this time!

Jack McDonald

November 13, 2020

Betsy, Jake, Matt and Amy,

I am so sorry to hear about Wayne. Like being a great husband and dad he was a great friend of mine and many, many others.

While thinking about Wayne, the past few days, I put together a few sentences about Wayne, that I hope bring a smile to your faces.
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“Somebody at Yale should check the trophy case as I think Wayne took the 2013 Frozen Four Championship Trophy with him to Hockey Heaven!”

“Don’t tell anyone at Quinnipiac, but I am now much less disappointed about Yale (& Wayne) winning the 2013 Frozen Four”

“Without Wayne, Quinnipiac would NOT be in the ECAC and College Ice Hockey would not have expanded the NCAA Championship tournament from 12 to an even bracket of 16 teams”

“Wayne and I went to class and studied together during our Master’s Program at Springfield College”

Heaven is now an even better (& funnier) place :—)

James Macdonald

November 12, 2020

It was so saddening to hear the news of Wayne’s passing. He was such an institutional part of the Yale Hockey program over the past 4 decades, and I among so many was the beneficiary of that exceptional service and friendship over all those years. We members of the Yale Hockey Association are immeasurably indebted to him for such extraordinary commitment and dedication, and we wish his family our deepest condolences.

Rest in peace, Wayne, our great and loyal friend.

Jim Macdonald

Steve Conn

November 12, 2020

Wayne was my Yale road trip roommate on many occasions over the last 30 years, so I got to know him well and considered him a good friend. Our kids sometimes joined us for a weekend trip, so it went deeper than the two of us at work. Wayne’s loyalty, dedication and attention to detail in all aspects of his life set a great example for me and others who were fortunate enough to work and live around him. Wayne was a wonderful ambassador for Yale Athletics everywhere he went, and his memory will be a blessing to so many of us.

Tom Beckett

November 11, 2020

The sudden loss of a dear friend and long time colleague is heartbreaking.
Wayne was a trusted and valued Leader in Yale University Athletics for over 3 decades.
His contributions to students, coaches and staff have been many. His positive nature was very uplifting to all. He will be sorely missed by All he touched. May he Rest In Peace.

Duke Diaz

November 11, 2020

I have known Wayne for over 30 years as a colleague and my boss for several of those years. He was a very unique down to earth, supportive and completely unpretentious. He was as committed to Yale Athletics as anyone could ever be. His passing has shocked and saddened all of us who worked with him and loved him. Rest in Peace, Wayne!

Duke Diaz


November 11, 2020

For over 10 years I attended ECAC games at the Whale as supervisor of on ice officials. Found Wayne to be a perfect gentleman elevating the human standards of Yale and college hockey. His passion for contributing and sharing was infectious. He leaves a significant legacy.


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