Gerald A. Wayne
Lowell Police Detective
LOWELL Gerald A. Wayne, 53, a lifelong Lowell resident and a Detective with the Lowell Police Department Criminal Bureau, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was the widower of the late Mildred (Duffy) Wayne who died in 2004.
Born May 24, 1955, in Lowell, he was a son of the late Gerald J. and the late Eleanor M. (Cusick) Wayne, and was educated in the local schools, graduating from Lowell High School. He worked as a guard for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department at the Billerica House of Correction.
Gerry began his career with the Lowell Police Department on April 26, 1987 as a Reserve Police Officer, becoming a permanent Police Office for the City, February 28, 1988. On February 27, 1994, he became a Detective with the Criminal Bureau where he served until his death. Throughout his career, he received various commendations and was a well liked and well respected member of the Police Department, earning him Police Officer of the year in 1997. His outstanding work in the Criminal Bureau was acknowledged by the Department, when he was presented with a Distinguished Unit Action Bar in 2001 for his work as part of a team that cleared four homicide investigations in five weeks. He also recieved Citations in February of 1997 and May of 1997 for his outstanding and persistent efforts for his professional dedication in processing cases. In addition to the recognition by the Department, Detective Wayne received letters of gratitude and praise from the many families he served. These letters brought to light the dedication and meticulous investigative work that Detective Wayne showed with each case handled. He will be fondly remembered by his fellow Police Officers and those people who’s lives he touched throughout the City.
Mr. Wayne made his home in the Centralville Section of the City, and was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, particularly his annual golf outing to Myrtle Beach with his brother-in-law, Steve, and friends. His greatest joy was watching his son, Patrick, wrestle.
He is survived by his sons, Eric C. Wayne, a City of Lowell Police Officer, and Patrick G. Wayne, both of Lowell; his sisters, Mary ‘Peachie’ Kandrotas and her husband Stephen, of Lowell, Dr. Ellen T. McDonough and her husband, John L., of Lowell, and Judith A. Wayne of Hampton Beach, NH; his brothers, Dr. Kevin T. Wayne and his wife, Leanne, of Lowell, and David M. Wayne of Dracut; and many nieces and nephews.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 3 UNTIL 5 AND 6 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON MONDAY, APRIL 13. ON TUESDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL 978-458-6816. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH AT 10 A.M.
Church address for directions 543 Bridge Street Lowell, MA 01850
BURIAL IN LOWELL CEMETERY.
MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME TO FRIENDS OF LOWELL HIGH WRESTLING, C/O JAN DEMETRIOU
80 HERITAGE DR. LOWELL, MA 01852.