Wayne Calder Dyer

wayneWayne Calder Dyer of Chebeague Island, ME passed away surrounded by family on November 10th, 2018. He was born in Portland, ME on August 14th, 1950 and was the son of Robert A. Sr. and Beverly Calder Dyer. He is survived by his father Robert A. Dyer SR.; his wife of 26 years, Arlene ; and her four daughter’s that Wayne loved and cared for as his own, Jill Rich and her husband, Chris, of Chebeague; Laurel Potter and her husband, Stephen, of New Vineyard; Paige Weagle and her husband, Erik, of Cumberland; and Meredith Beaupré and her husband, Jean-Louis, of Chebeague; brothers and sisters; Robert A. Dyer Jr. and wife, Debra, of Florida; Susan D. Campbell and husband, David, of Chebeague; Mark H. Dyer and wife, Elizabeth, of Chebeague; and Kristen D. Buxbaum and husband, DeeGee, of Chebeague; and grandchildren; Alissa and David Hamilton; Stephen and Elias Rich; Eric and Heather Earle; Haylee, Cole and Reed Potter; Evan, Noah, Isabelle and Rohan Boisvert; Tyler, James and Ashton Weagle; Jade, Logan, Riley, and Vincent Beaupré; and his nieces and nephew; Heather (Ginn), Curtis and Brooke Buxbaum; Amanda Campbell; Chloe and Genevieve Dyer. Along with many, many cousins.

Wayne was predeceased by his mother Beverly Calder Dyer. Grandparents Walter & Helen (Hamilton) Calder and Henry & Mabel (Morton) Dyer and granddaughter Kyleigh Beaupré. Along with several Aunts and Uncles.

Wayne attended elementary school on Chebeague Island and went on to graduate from Greely High wayneandarleneSchool. Following high school, he began his two years of service in the U.S. Navy, working his way from general deck operations to “Fireman Dyer.” After the Navy, Wayne’s love of digging lead him to starting his own excavating company with a single dump truck and excavator, soon to be become Chebeague Sand & Gravel Inc. His love of digging in the dirt started when he was two or three years old by digging up his mother house plants, when she asked him what he was doing he’d say “playing trees." Also, Wayne had a love of mechanics, he could take a “bunch of stuff” and make “something that ran” out of it. Whether it was building dune buggies with friends, rebuilding engines in his cars, keeping his equipment going or the racing engine that he and his Dad built to race the Maybe together with trophies in hand, we can all see him twist his mustache thinking of his next thing to “Dyerize.”

As a child Wayne grew up on the West End in a little Cape called home with his mother, father and four siblings (not sure if that’s the word he would use to describe them!) The smile on Wayne’s face when he talked about his island family was something to see. His genealogy takes his family back to the beginning of this island community. He protected it fiercely. Wayne had an especially soft spot for “kids,” whether it be a smile, roll of his eyes, laughing with them, playing trucks or making sure they were okay, it was obvious he adored them. After all, even though he was a grownup he could be a kid and have fun when he wanted to. Wayne's accomplishments and involvements are numerous. He served as the Deputy Chief for the Chebeague Island Fire Department, was an active Chebeague Transportation Company board member where he avidly supported the new boat and strived to make sure that all islanders have access to the mainland whether it be by boat or barge. In 2005, Wayne was the recipient of the State of Maine’s Governor’s Awards for environmental stewardship, for his efforts put forth in removing junk vehicles from Chebeague Island. He was well known for supporting our newly formed town by offering help to anyone or any organization that needed it. His company donated excavation services for the Kids’ Place Daycare, Chebeague Recreation Center, the Chebeague Island School’s playground and Island Commons Resource Center, just to name a few.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kids Place at 384 North Road, Chebeague Island ME 04017.

A service will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 1:30PM at the Chebeague Methodist Church. There will be bus service from the noon boat, following the service to the reception and again to the 3:45 boat. Please join the family at the Island Hall for a reception following the service.