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Wayne F. Wardwell

February 13, 1936 ~ July 24, 2022

Wayne F. Wardwell passed away peacefully, at Hospice House, on July 24th, 2022 in Vero Beach, Florida.


Wayne was the first-born son to Horace and Ruth Wardwell on February 13th,1936 in Castine, Maine.  Wayne went on to graduate from Maine Maritime Academy in 1957, receiving a Bachelor of Marine Science degree.  For the next two years Wayne traveled the world with the Merchant Marines, later in life enthusiastically sharing the stories of his adventures with his children and grandchildren.


Upon his return, he attended the Nuclear Power School in Goose Creek, South Carolina and then served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, in the United States Navy Reserve from 1959 to 1968.  While serving his country, Wayne went on to positions at Bethlehem Steel and Texas Instruments. At Texas Instruments he began working on components for both the Apollo 11 and 13 NASA missions, ultimately serving in several management positions at Texas Instruments, Attleboro MA, and Mexico.


After retirement, Wayne and his wife Cynthia moved to Vero Beach where he, as he had done throughout his life, became very active in the local community. Wayne served as President of the Vero Beach Alzheimer’s Association and as a member of the Orchid Island Rotary Club of Vero Beach and enjoyed time with friends from the Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club and Indian Trails Tennis Club.  In addition, Wayne had a wonderful, booming voice and enjoyed singing in the choirs at Trinity Episcopal Church, Christ by the Sea Church, and with the Sea Oaks chorus.


Wayne is survived by Cynthia Wardwell, his soul mate of 39 years; his daughter Leslie Quigley (Joseph) and his four sons, Wayne (Cara Cargill), Christopher (Kelly), Todd (Molly) and Jeremy (Caryn); as well as his 10 grandchildren; Meredith, Chase, Harrison, Justin, Logan, Jesse, TJ, Kyle, Cory, Declan and his great granddaughter Jolene.


In addition to his father and mother, Wayne was predeceased by his sister Enid White and brother Lee Wardwell.  Lastly, his beloved Tibetan Terrier (Jackie O) left this world on July 15, 2022 – no doubt to meet him upon his arrival.


Those that would like to make a memorial contribution in Wayne’s honor may do so to the VNA and Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County at 6230 77th St, Vero Beach, FL 32967 or online at


Arrangements are under the direction and care of Millennium Cremation Service of Vero Beach. Friends that would like to share a fond memory of Wayne leave condolences for his family may do so at





Cynthia Wardwell

August 8, 2022, 4:38 pm

We are holding a celebration of Wayne’s life at 11:00am on November 5th at Trinity Episcopal Church, Vero Beach FL.

Donna Arone

August 9, 2022, 1:25 pm

Cynthia so sorry to hear the passing of your beloved Wayne He will surely be missed
He has accomplished much in his life time. His legacy with live on along with cherished memories
May he Rest In Peace
Donna and Roger Arone

Melanie Swanson

August 11, 2022, 11:52 am

They say no chance meetings!
On mine and Eric’s crazy journey to have met you, Wayne and Jackie O was certainly a blessing!
There are people you feel you have known forever that you recently meet. Those people are you.
We are here for you!
Love, prayers & hugs,
Mel & Eric

Marian A Malone

August 11, 2022, 5:54 pm

Allen and I have enjoyed our short friendship with you and Wayne. We will cherish the memory of having him, you, and Jackie O as our earliest neighbors in Magnolia. We will certainly be in attendance at the Celebration of Wayne’s Life. We continue to pray for you during this difficult time.
Love from
Marian and Allen

Linda & Joe Quigley

August 11, 2022, 8:33 pm

Dear Cynthia,
We know there is nothing much we can say right now, but only hope that the knowledge that others care may in some small way ease the pain.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to you and the family.

Love and Prayers
Linda & Joe Quigley

Leo Plouffe

August 16, 2022, 2:08 pm

Our deepest Condolences – Definitly one of the good guys
Thoughts & Prayers

Leo & Lillian Plouffe

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