BELGRADE – Wayne Ronald Cormier, 67, died on February 27, 2022 from persistent health problems. Wayne was born July 20, 1954 in Waterville, Maine, the eldest child of Donald Aldric Cormier and Sylvie Arlene Champeon. The doctor’s handwritten bill for her delivery was $15.00. After graduating from Waterville Senior High School in 1972, Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a sonar technician. Wayne went on to earn an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Maine at Augusta. Wayne had a natural aptitude for electronics, some of the work he did throughout his life included designing test equipment for dialysis machines, designing the first ATM machines, building PCs at the mid-1980s and programming applications for TD Bank from 2003. Wayne pursued his hobby with extreme passion. During his high school years, he honed his photography skills and was a skilled jumper for the Waterville Ski Team. He acquired a love of billiards while working in his father’s pool hall in Waterville, later co-owning billiard halls in Livermore Falls and Farmington with his brother Maurice, and attending TJ’s Classic Billiards. He was a skilled carpenter and had perfected the art of building pool cues. As a professional blacksmith, he also trained and ridden Standardbred racehorses. Salmon and togue fishing at Northeast Carry (Moosehead Lake) was another beloved pastime; later he golfed at the Natanis Golf Course almost every day. At home, he often referred to himself as a “cat magnet” or the “computer wizard”. Wayne’s addictive personality has posed challenges throughout his life. In 2008, he founded the Wednesday evening recovery meeting at Getchell St Baptist Church, which is always well attended. While participating in the program, he made many friends and helped support others struggling with addiction. In the end, the fight against addiction was too big for him to win. Wayne is survived by his five children, Angela Dostie, Robin (Randy) Lovely, Dawn (Jason) Bryant, Richard Cormier and Sarah Cormier; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his partner of 37 years, Linda Bacon; his brother Maurice (Sharon) Cormier, his sister Cynthia (Elroy) Russell, four half-siblings, as well as a dear aunt, Rita Cormier, uncle Carroll Weymouth, six nephews, one niece and numerous cousins relatives. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Donald Cormier and Sylvie Champeon, in-laws Gloria Cormier and Ralph Champeon, grandparents Maurice and Esther Weymouth, Aldric and Marion Cormier, several aunts and uncles, including a close uncle, the twin of his father, Ronald Cormier. Getchell Street Baptist Church in Waterville, Maine on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. The service can also be heard from the parking lot on 91.7 FM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waterville Police Department Opioid Recovery Project.
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