Obituary: Wayne A. Ireland Obituary 2024

Obituary: Wayne A. Ireland

SIDNEY – With deep sorrow, the family of Wayne A. Ireland, 70, acknowledges his passing on May 16, 2024, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

A Life of Adventure and Service

Born in Brunswick, Maine, on September 4, 1953, Wayne was the youngest of four children born to Ken Ireland and Vera (Christerson) Brown. He spent his early years in both Maine and Illinois, graduating from Tiskalwa High School in 1971. His passion for flying led him to obtain his Private Pilot’s license in Florida in 1971.

Career in Law Enforcement and Aviation

Wayne’s career in law enforcement began when he joined the Maine State Police Academy’s 42nd Training Troop in 1989. Known as “Papa Smurf” for being the oldest trooper in his class, he initially served as a road trooper before becoming a Pilot for the airwing in 1996. In 1999, he was promoted to Pilot Supervisor, a position he held until his retirement in 2014.

Community Involvement and Masonry

Beyond his professional life, Wayne was actively involved in the community. He served as a firefighter and volunteer firefighter with the Waterville Fire Department, and ran the mobile lunch wagon from 1982 to 1989. In 1992, he joined the Masons and became Master of Rural Lodge #53 in Sidney. He was also a member of the Messalonskee Lodge #113.

Retirement and Pursuits

Wayne’s retirement years were filled with car shows, square dancing, and travel. He enjoyed attending events with his bright red Cobra and participating in the Mason’s annual Pig Roast. Together with his wife, Sue, he traveled extensively both domestically and internationally.

Legacy of Family and Friendships

Wayne is survived by his wife of 49 years, Susan; sons Tony and Jeff, along with their respective grandchildren; special friend Lomer Pelletier; sisters Linda Brown, Ann Silvius, Gina Ireland, and Judy Ireland; and numerous other family members and friends.

Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 2, Sunday, at the Messalonskee Lodge #113 in Oakland at 1 p.m.