L. Wayne Gilley

Born: Thu., Jan. 21, 1932
Died: Sat., May 11, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., May 17, 2019
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 18, 2019
Location: Second Congregational Church

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Douglas- L. Wayne Gilley, 87, of Deerfield Dr. Webster, formerly of Douglas and S.W. Harbor ME, died on Sat. May 11, 2019 at home after a brief illness.
    He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary E. (Graves) Gilley; Richard W. Gilley and his wife Diane of Whitinsville, Jay R. Gilley and his wife Linda of Douglas, and Julie A. Gilley of Webster; 2 grandchildren, Brian and his wife Michelle Gilley, and Traci and her husband Conor Martin; 2 great grandchildren, Ivy Martin and Mia Gilley; his brother, Richard W. “Jack” Gilley Sr. of S.W. Harbor, ME; and several nieces, nephews, and good friends. Born in Ellsworth, ME on Jan 21, 1932 he was the son of Richard W. and Eleanor (Hadlock) Gilley and was raised in S.W. Harbor and lived in Douglas 54 years. He had lived in Webster the past 6 years.
    Mr. Gilley was a math, drafting, and woodworking teacher in the Northbridge and Douglas Public School Systems for 33 years, retiring in 1991. He also taught woodworking at night school in Northbridge. He was a graduate of Pemetic High School Class of 1950 and earned his Associate’s Degree from S. Portland Vocational Technical College. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard serving primarily aboard the Icebreaker “East Wind”. On this ship he became a member of the Polar Bear Club crossing the Arctic Circle. He served on the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee for 25 years and was a former member of the State Teacher’s Assoc. Over the years he was a basketball referee and coached JV baseball in Douglas and girls softball in Northbridge. A 60-year member and Deacon of the Second Congregational Church in Douglas, he served on multiple committees there as well.
    Following cremation his Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Sat. May 18 at 11 AM in the Second Congregational Church, 289 Main St., East Douglas. Cremation burial in Forest Hill Cemetery in NE Harbor, ME will be held privately at a later date. Calling hours at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St. Douglas are Fri. May 17 from 4-7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the SW Harbor Historical Society, Box 272 SW Harbor, ME 04679, or to the Second Congregational Church, PO Box 492 Douglas, MA 01516. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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Joanne Bradbury
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy, Prayers and Understanding go out to all of you at this difficult time. He will surely be missed!

Ann Baeaudoin
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Deepest condolences to all the family, Mr. Gilley made school life easier for so many struggling students. He patience and caring was what many of them needed. Thankg Wayne for all you contributed to Northbridge students. 2

Ken and Annette McCallum
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
We are very saddened to learn of Wayne's passing. We both were blessed to have him as a teacher at Douglas Memorial High School, as well as a serving with him at Second Congregational Church. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Homer Rajotte
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
I was fortunate to be Mr. Gilley's wood shop student at Northbridge High School in the early 1980's. He was a great instructor who never gave up on anyone. I learned more about math - especially fractions - from him than in any math class, and also made four projects, three of which I still use! Rest in peace, Mr. Gilley.

Jim Ducharme
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Wayne was a dear friend,neighbor,and coworker. I'm blessed to have so many memories of adventures sailing, canoeing, rock hunting, plus endless games of cribbage and story telling.
He had an attitude toward life that should be envied by all.
We already miss his Tuesday visits to the Douglas Senior Center to play crib.
I am so sorry for his loss.

Kristin DeJong
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
On behalf of the NHS Clasd of 1983, our deepest sympathy to all of Mr. Gilley’s family. Thank you for sharing him with all of us for so many years. We all remember our first shelf and countless other projects he patiently guided us with. He truly was one of Northbridge’s finest educators with an engaging smile and always a kind word.

Susan O’Leary
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Rich and family,
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. My sincere condolences,
Sue O’Leary

Chris Langevin
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
He taught more than just shop skills. He would talk to us boys about how to be men in just a super kind way. Just a pleasant soul. When I think back to my youth Mr Gilley was such a positive influence.

Jennifer Deane Belanger
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Mr. Gilley was one of the kindest most caring teacher I had at Northbridge JR SR High. His teachings sparked my love of woodworking that 35 yrs later I still enjoy. For someone who didn’t have an easy time at school he was like a soft place to fall when I needed it. So sorry for his family’s loss, he was a great man.

Wayne and Debbie Harris
   Posted Fri May 17, 2019
We just want to say how sorry we are for your lose. He was a great man and we are sure he will be really missed.

Dan Dudley
   Posted Mon May 20, 2019
Mr. Gilley was my shop teacher in 1967, he was one of the few I still remember very well. Made a wooden key holder in one of his classes that we still use today.
RIP Mr. Gilly, hope there's fly fishing in heaven. 🙏

An Admirer
   Posted Tue May 21, 2019
I didn't know Mr. Gilley but his family must be so proud of him. What a great life to look back on and know you positively influenced so many people. My condolences.

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