A. Wayne O'Day

Born: Fri., Mar. 3, 1939
Died: Fri., Jan. 29, 2016


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 01, 2016
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Feb. 02, 2016
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Douglas-A. Wayne O’Day, 76, of Wallis St. “the Res” passed away suddenly on Fri. Jan. 29 after being stricken ill at home.  He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Sally Ann (Hammond) O’Day; 2 children A. Wayne O’Day, Jr. and his wife Sherry M. Bombara of Uxbridge and Jennifer L. Ashworth and her husband Michael of Douglas; 3 grandchildren, Benjamin Charles, Sean Joseph, and Erin Jarvis; as well as his innumerable friends he has made over the years, especially his friends in the “boat house crew”.  His sister Carol predeceased him.  Born in Woonsocket, RI on March 3, 1939 he was the son of the late Malcolm S. and Grace (Cook) O’Day Creaser and lived in Douglas most of his life
     Wayne was a graduate of Woonsocket High School where he played on the hockey team.  He served in the U.S. Army and later went on to own and operate Wayne’s Tool Service.  Previously he had owned and operated AWO Tool Repair.  Wayne was the epitome of neatness and organization and would entertain weekly Patriot's games and yearly super bowl parties at "the Boathouse" and in his garage.   Wayne was a lifelong private pilot at North Central State Airport in Lincoln, RI and on the Whitin Res.  He piloted many planes through the years including his own Piper Cherokee 140, a J-3 Cub, and a PA-18 Super Cub float plane, having his license for 35 years. Wayne lived his dream of living at the family homestead on The Res and having his seaplane only a few steps away. Wayne had many friends fondly referred to as the boathouse crew.  He belonged to Larry’s Pitch League, enjoyed Key West, and was an avid Pat’s fan. He was an active ice boater for many years, enjoyed waterskiing and boating.  He also belonged to several aviation organizations over the years.
     His funeral service will be held on Tues. Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. in Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas.  Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, N. Smithfield, RI.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Mon. Feb. 1 from 3-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472 or Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Young Eagles Program at eaa.org.  to leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com


Charitable donations may be made in A. Wayne's memory to the following organization:

Alzheimer’s Assoc.
480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472

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Jamie Moore
   Posted Sun January 31, 2016
I remember with great fondness a kind and ever doting father in Wayne. For a boy growing up with his son, Wayne, Douglas took on an adventurous allure thanks to the O'Day family. Though a couple of young lads left to their own devices had no shortage of mischievous meanderings, father Wayne was most often at least watching in the background, if not fully engaging us and indeed leading the entire effort, be it throttling the boat that pulled us all on skis and boards and tubes over the Res; cajoling us to brave the brutal cold and winds to again careen in a boat at great speed, this time over the frozen water; or grinning knowingly over the brood of kids leaping off the dock into the warm Res during those idyllic childhood summers. Though I have not seen father Wayne in years, his example, his quiet enthusiasm for family, his devotion to others far beyond his own family are elements I cherish to this day from this grandly modest man. And how fortunate he was, and all the more possible it all was with Sally.
While good memories flood, I am incredibly sad with son Wayne, Jen & Sally. How can one ever be ready for such a loss? I hug you all from far away, though never far in thought from those many days on the Res.

Cheryl Bergstrom Daly
   Posted Sun January 31, 2016
Sally, Wayne & Jen

Very truly sorry for your loss!

Patty Wallis
   Posted Sun January 31, 2016
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Wayne. The Res won't seem the same without seeing him go by on his party boat with his family waving to us all.

Henri Gautschi
   Posted Mon February 01, 2016
We at North Central Flight Center will miss Wayne immensely. A great pilot and a very special friend...Henri Gautschi

Dan and Kim Ausmus
   Posted Mon February 01, 2016
Wayne was a long time special friend and he was a gift in my life. The memories and times we shared will always be etched in my heart. My wife and I pray that God will embrace you with His love.

Ed Darling
   Posted Mon February 01, 2016
Our deepest heartfelt condolences from the Ballard Mack service department. Their are many employees at Ballard with warm endearing memories of Wayne. Most of the guys here are very thankful for Wayne sending us a wonderful, respectful, hardworking person in Wayne his son. Our prayers are with Wayne & our thoughts with his family.

Stephen Richard
   Posted Mon February 01, 2016
Very sorry for your loss

Peter Allard
   Posted Mon February 01, 2016
Sally, Wayne & Jen

So Very sorry for your loss!

midstate international
   Posted Tue February 02, 2016
Wayne we are sorry to hear of your loss, our hearts are with you.
Midstate Service Dept.

Cyndie Bernard
   Posted Wed February 03, 2016
Sally, Wayne, Jen,

My sympathies to all of you. May Wayne rest in peace in the arms of the Angels. I will always treasure my memories of such a wonderful man.

Michael Santerre
   Posted Wed February 03, 2016
Sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Chief

Ed and Brenda Valk
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
We and the girls are heartbroken. The many memories of the res will be with us forever; great times, great friends; from dinners out together to the many "family" gatherings. We are all saddened by the loss of a truly GOOD man. Our love to all of you.

Ginger Petraglia
   Posted Sun February 07, 2016
Dear Sally and family, Please accept our condolences at the passing of your husband Wayne. John and Ginger Petraglia

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