L. Wayne Gilley, 87, of Deerfield Drive, Webster, Mass., formerly of Southwest Harbor, died on Saturday, 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; two grandchildren, Brian and his wife, Michelle Gilley, and Traci and her husband, Conor Martin; two great-grandchildren, Ivy Martin and Mia Gilley; his brother, Richard W. “Jack” Gilley Sr. of Southwest Harbor, and several nieces, nephews and good friends. Born in Ellsworth on Jan. 21, 1932, he was the son of Richard W. and Eleanor (Hadlock) Gilley and was raised in Southwest Harbor and lived in Douglas 54 years. He had lived in Webster the past six 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 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 Association. 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 Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Second Congregational Church, 289 Main St., East Douglas, Mass. Cremation burial in Forest Hill Cemetery in Northeast Harbor will be held privately at a later date. Calling hours at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas, are Friday, May 17, from 4-7 p.m.. Memorial donations may be made to the Southwest Harbor Historical Society, P.O. Box 272, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679, or to the Second Congregational Church, P.O. Box 492, Douglas, MA 01516. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com.