OBITUARY

Wayne Steven Linskey

August 28, 1942May 7, 2021

Steve Linskey, of Falmouth, Maine, passed away May, 7th 2021. Steve grew up in South Portland where his youth was spent on the waterfront of Willard Beach and Fort Prebble. Steve graduated from South Portland High School as a stand out football player where he earned All State status for 3 years, and was a co-captain in 1961. Following graduation, he played 3 years for the Portland Seahawks, semi-pro football team.

Steve enlisted in the US Army Aviation Corp. At the completion of boot camp and training in Ft. Benning, Georgia, Steve was recognized as the top recruit in his class. He went on to Ft. Rucker, Alabama for flight engineer training. He then returned to Ft. Benning in the 11th Air Assault for more training. He joined the 18 Army Caribous across the Atlantic to Vietnam. He completed a long tour in Vietnam, and then was transferred to France. He flew throughout Europe, for another year, completing a three year enlistment. Throughout his service, Steve received many honors and was awarded numerous decorations, one of which was the Air Metal with 10 oak leaf clusters. Steve logged over 1100 hours of combat flight time and a total of 2600 hours while in the service.

Steve graduated from East Coast Aerotech in 1969, and then attended flight school at Hanscom Airfield in Massachusetts. Steve enjoyed a 30-year career with the US Postal Service (MVC), in Portland, Maine. He was the Motor Vehicle Craft Director for 27 years, and retired in the fall of 2002. Steve was a proud member of the American Legion, VFW, and DAV. Most importantly, he was an advocate for helping veterans receive the benefits they deserved.

Steve was very proud of his Irish heritage and his Maine roots. He loved nature, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and his time spent with his wife at their family camp on Pequawket Lake. Steve was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, and enjoyed all sports. He was a member of the Western Maine board of football officials. He officiated high school and college football for over 32 years.

Steve loved caring for his property on Merrill Road. He spent hours gardening, cutting wood, finding excuses to ride his collection of tractors, and feeding the wildlife on his beautiful land. Steve and his wife Darlene enjoyed many trips to Ireland, and their own special spot in the Grenadines on Palm Island. It was the paradise they looked forward to every January. Steve believed that “Dreams are nothing more than wishes and a wish is just a dream wished to come true”. He always liked the life he was living and he lived the life he liked to the fullest.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Darlene Linskey. They were inseparable during their years together. Darlene’s children and grandchildren have a special spot in Steve’s heart. Steve had three sisters, Marilyn, Eleanor and Laurel, and a brother, Bob. Steve had many nieces and nephews who looked up to him, as a favorite uncle. They fondly remember Uncle Steve with his well-groomed mustache and fragrant pipe, and maverick twinkle in his eye. Steve will be remembered as a dear friend and companion to those fortunate to have known him. He had a quick wit and sense of humor that served him well.

There will be a grave sight ceremony followed by a celebration of life on Monday, May 17th, beginning at 2:00, at the Linskey Residence, 54 Merrill Rd, Falmouth, Maine, 04105. All friends and family are invited to celebrate Steve's life. Causal wear! Will be an outdoor event.

It was Steve's wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to DAV - Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org, by mail: DAV - Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or call 877-647-VETS (8387)

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, May 17, 2021

Memories

Wayne Steven Linskey

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Tara Linskey Welton

May 21, 2021

“Yo”... would be the famous Uncle Steve greeting, but first was the smell of his sweet pipe. When Uncle Steve arrived at a function, (back in the day he would be wearing his multi colored patchwork seer sucker blazer), he walked in like a Movie Star- and was treated like one too- everyone loved Uncle Steve!

I have so many great memories, of Clam Fest parties, and time at the lake, time in his gardens feeding the birds, or watching him ref the Turkey Game- proud to point out my uncle to all of my friends, and especially proud when my last name was recognized as Steve Linskey’s niece.
I will never forget his “white glove” room inspections or him introducing me to “ Vernon the vacuum cleaner” when I lived with him as a teenager. He drove me to school everyday and made sure to give me lots of advice on life. Solid advice. He was not sappy or mushy- but he was a good listener and remembered everything, and you knew he cared.

It’s horribly sad to say goodbye, but I am thankful you had an Irish send off, complete with a band and many toasts to you!

Beth Meier

May 20, 2021

Dear Sweet Sister,
My heart is breaking for you. I think of you when I wake, throughout the day and evening and as I'm going to bed. I know how strong you are and that your heart will find peace eventually but that doesn't change grief's journey. Steve was a special man and you are so blessed to have had so many years with him.
Love you.
Beth

dwight weese

May 15, 2021

we willl miss his famous breakfasts on the cook stove at hunting camp and happy hour better known as story time

Catherine Plante

May 14, 2021

Steve was always happy to chat about a little village in Galway, Spidal , where we shared many mutual friends. He and Darlene would travel back to Spidal to reacquaint themselves with past friends and warm surroundings and bring back news of the folks and the growing families.

I will miss Steve, with his generous nature and witty comments but mostly I will miss his kindness and huge heart.

My love to all of the family,
Catherine Plante

GARY UNDERWOOD

May 14, 2021

To the Family of Steve,
My condolences, he truly will be missed, he was definitely one of a kind, he was a great mentor for myself in my Postal career, and taught me a lot in the years that I worked with him. Always a good word ,his signature mustache ,and the wonderful smile and of course the smell of his pipe will stay in my heart .Rest in peace my friend .God Bless

Buzz Maloney

May 14, 2021

Steve and I were chosen as All State football players. We graduated from SPHS in 1996. While Steve and I weren’t the closest of friends,classmates Daryl Geer and Bill Hogan were. In fact,Billy always kept me a Brest with Steve’s life and successes .

Steve was a solid guy, never trying to impress.He didn’t need to. Steve,Phil St.John,Allan Harvie,Jimmy Bean and I made up the core of that team. We surprised people with our success. Leading Lewiston 12-0 in the first half,they came back and won 13-12! They went on,undefeated to win the state title. A tie and a tough loss to Deering ended our season 6-2-0.We all,as old men,would like to go back and play that season again!

At Billy’s wake,Steve and I talked about that season. We were proud old timers.

What a life he had! We will miss this steady man with friends and family who celebrated his accomplishments. RIP OLD TEAMMATE.
Steve and Billy are looking for a spot inside the Pearly Gates to hunt and fish eternally.

Jacob Webb

May 13, 2021

Steve -Thanks for all times you help me and Dad and Mom - and our 4th of July parties we all had such fun - and Xmas parties- it was nice to have neighbors that you felt they were like family - will miss you Steve- Darlene my heart goes out to you ! Jay Webb

Brendan McVeigh

May 13, 2021

Steve Linsky was a great man, and will always be remembered for his generosity, hard work and love of Ireland.
He was a generous hard worker for the Irish American Club of Maine, who will sorely miss his contribution.
Mary and myself will be thnking of Darlene and her family, and the Board and members of the Irish American Club offer their condolences.
Rest in peace Steve, and thank you.
Brendan and Mary McVeigh.

John Riley

May 13, 2021

Steve was a legend as MVS Craft Director for the Union. Also a great friend who was always there when I needed him. A true character, God set aside the mold after he came into the world. My condolences to Darlene and all who knew and loved him.

Janet and Graham Baguley

May 13, 2021

We met Stevie in 2013 on Palm Island where he and Darlene quickly became much loved members of our Palm family. Every year when we arrived, he always managed to get there before us, he would be waiting to greet us on the dock with a Guinness for Graham! Stevie, may your Guinness glass always be full and your tobacco pouch never empty. Good night God Bless dear friend. Xx

FROM THE FAMILY