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Wade Dawson Sayer

October 24, 1943June 22, 2020

Wade Dawson Sayer, 76, died on June 22 surrounded by his wife of 50 years and his three children. Wade was born in Mineola, New York and graduated from Garden City High School in 1961. In 1966 joined the United States Army where he served in the Viet Nam War from 1968-69. He graduated from Susquehanna University and received a Masters Degree in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University.

He met Anne Mackenzie in Washington, D.C. in 1969. In August of that year they attended the Woodstock Festival of Peace and Love. They appeared on the Today Show’s 50th Anniversary of that event last August. They married in July 1970.

Wade’s greatest loves were his wife and his three children. He was always involved in their lives as a coach, an avid supporter of their interests in tennis, skating, hockey, field hockey, baseball and soccer and music. They enjoyed spending summers on Cape Cod with Anne’s sisters and their children. The nine cousins bonded playing at Nauset Beach and are all still close. Wade was a beloved father and uncle to all the children sharing his love of music, politics and books with them all. For almost 30 years every Sunday in the fall and winter during the football season Wade was the Commissioner of the Family Pro Picks competition with family members calling in from around the country. There was no money in involved, just the honor of winning. A trophy has been passed from family to family and closeness remained due to Wade’s leadership.

Wade was the Director of the Hartford Private Industry Council, a Vice President of the National Alliance of Business where he worked on job training issues. In the 1980’s he became convinced that public schools should be using technology as a teaching tool and was Director of the School Technology Council in Washington, D.C. and provided consulting to many public school systems.

Wade and Anne retired to East Sandwich where he was an active member of the Sandwich Newcomers and Neighbors serving as the Editor of the Newsletter. He also organized the bi-weekly Men’s Breakfast Group which was always well attended and became a popular activity of the Club. He enjoyed all his friends on the Cape whether playing poker, golf, attending wine socials or hosting parties at his home. Wade also served on the Board of the Sandwich Arts Alliance. He participated in several writers groups on the Cape and was Coordinator for a writers seminar for the Academy for Life Long Learning.

Wade is survived by his wife and three children and their spouses, Catherine and Charles Adams of Duxbury, Charles and Lindsay Sayer of Brimfield, MA and Elizabeth and Chris Cooke of Cambridge, MA. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Carly and Jack Adams, Penelope and Madeline Sayer and Georgianne Cooke and many cousins, nephews and nieces. His two brothers, Dick and Chris, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis MA 02601.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.


  • Services are private


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Gerald Jones

July 6, 2020

Anne and family. Linda, Courtney, Lauren and I were so sorry to have just learned about Wade's death. We have such fond memories of you all living in Hingham, and Cate in Courtney's class. Wade always had a smile and a hello for everyone. And how active he was with his kids and education. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. Linda and Gerald Jones. Hingham MA

Molly McDermott

June 30, 2020

Today, I learned of Wade's passing. I send my deepest condolences to Anne Sayer and her three children on this huge loss of wonderful Wade. I met Wade in 1969 and liked him right away. He was a warm, compassionate, intelligent man with a great sense of humor.
Please know how sorry I am for your loss, and will keep Wade in my prayers. R.I.P. dear Wade.

Patricia Mosca

June 29, 2020

My heart breaks for you, Anne and family. Still can't believe it. Im so sorry. He was such a great guy. Always a friendly hello like you were his best friend. He will be missed.

June Bowser-Barrett

June 26, 2020

Wade's death is a loss to his family, friends, Sandwich, the Arts Community, and all his fellow writers at A.L.L. Wade was not just a participant in his activities, but a contributor who always did his best to encourage, support, and inspire in his own quiet , self-deprecating way. It was never "all about Wade." It's not likely we will see his equal again. RIP friend!

Pippa Ryan

June 26, 2020

My sincerest condolence wishes to you and your family. Wade led a Writing Group I was in through ALL. He was always very supportive and encouraging even while admonishing us to use more dialog... I shared with him once that I was hoping to write a book for my granddaughter and he was very excited to see it.
My deepest sympathies in this trying time.
Best wishes,
Pippa Ryan

Jeffrey & Pamela Herndon

June 24, 2020

Anne, Jeff & I are thinking of you during this difficult time. May Wade rest in the sweetest peace. May you and your family find comfort in knowing there are people keeping you close in their hearts & prayers. xox