COLCHESTER – It is with great sadness that we tell you of Wayne St. Peter’s passing on Dec. 6, 2016. Wayne fought hard against a neurological condition for many years, never losing his sense of humor and love of life. He had recently celebrated his 69th birthday with a surprise outing to a University of Vermont hockey game with his family. He was a season ticket holder for many years and was thrilled to have the chance to see the UVM Catamounts, his favorite team, win over the Maine Black Bears.
Wayne’s love of his family was evident by his giving of himself throughout the years as coach or team manager for every sport his sons Matthew and Kyle played. He especially loved being team manager for Kyle’s Colchester High School hockey team and Matthew’s Nordic soccer team. In recent years, he greatly enjoyed watching Matthew goaltend for the Rivier University soccer team and seeing Kyle’s photography work in the local newspapers.
An avid Yankee fan, Wayne treasured his yearly trips to Yankee Stadium with his sons and neighbors and thoroughly endured the fun-loving harassment from his Red Sox in-laws. He also greatly enjoyed fishing and boating on Lake George and Lake Champlain.
Wayne was an Army Aviation National Guard member for 12 years. Wayne’s retirement after 45 years at GE/GD was spent enjoying his little “monkey” Easton, our grandson.
Left to cherish Wayne’s many wonderful memories are his wife, Linda; sons Matthew and Kyle; Kyle’s son, Easton, and Kyle’s fiancée, Samantha, as well as his son Bobby and daughter, Wendy, and their families. Wayne is also survived and will be remembered by his mother, Theresa St. Peter; his sister Patricia Marra, both whom he truly enjoyed going gambling with at the casinos, and her family; and by his brother, Kevin St. Peter, whom shared Wayne’s love for the New York Giants, and his family; as well as by the “New York relatives” Evelyn Gravelle, Margy and Kaitlyn Pote and Susan and Lee Peters. He is predeceased by his father, Robert St. Peter, his brother-in-law, Richard Marra, and his niece Tina’s son, Little Richard.
We are thankful for Wayne’s many friends, co-workers and “The Breakfast Club” who offered prayers, sent goodies and made visits over the last year. We are especially thankful for the Brigante-Sextons, Alan, Linda, Chris, Katie and in spirit, Greg, who have become family over the years.
A special thank-you to Ashley Couture (even though she is a Red Sox fan!) for her friendship and fun speech therapy sessions.
Wayne became part of the McClure Miller Respite House family over the last three months. We are grateful for the deep compassion and fun-loving nature of everyone there.
Visiting hours were held Friday, Dec. 9 at Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Colchester. There will be no burial. Please submit condolences to www.readyfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations: Aging Well Meals on Wheels, VNA Colchester, UVM’s Breast Cancer Research Center and Burnham Library.
Wayne will be deeply missed and remembered always. Go Yankees.