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Wayne Arnold Dow
November 18, 1947 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Wayne Arnold Dow of Wolfeboro passed away on January 12, 2024, after a brief period at Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover. Wayne was born November 18, 1947, to Roland D. Dow and Greta May Dow in Rochester, NH.
Wayne and his brothers Chester, Rodney, Don, and Stephen grew up on the family’s working farm, Dow Farm, in Tuftonboro. Summer “vacation” meant getting up early and working the gardens of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Also harvesting corn, beans, peas, and potatoes. These all needed to be planted, weeded, and hoed annually. Fall was apple picking in the 300-apple tree orchard and getting winter wood in the shed. Maple sapping was done in the spring.
During high school Wayne lived with his Uncle Richard White, Aunt Golden and Cousin Cindy Spencer, attending Kennett High School, returning to the farm during summer vacations. For his senior year he moved back to the farm and was in the first graduating class of Kingwood Regional High School in Wolfeboro in 1965. After high school he joined the Air Force and spent four years maintaining aircraft radio systems. In 1971 Wayne left the Airforce and began working for Albee Trucking Company where he met Marcy McGloin, daughter of Francis and Barbara (Bishop) McGloin, and they married on Keniston Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, on May 20, 1972.
Eventually Wayne began to work for Atlas Van Lines. He spent almost 30 years on the road moving people from the east coast to the west coast and back. Sometimes being gone up to eight weeks at time, averaging five to six weeks per trip. Later in life when looking back on it, he saw the tragedy of being away from his family and missing so much of their lives. At the time, the money was good and it’s what he did.
He was unable to continue that career after being diagnosed with stage four tongue base cancer in 2000. This was the beginning of his life-long battle with oral cancer.
He began carving and painting animals after a dream he had; fish, moose, birds, raccoons, bears, and so much more. His newfound creativity and talent were incredible. Wayne was a jack of all trades, MacGyver, fix anything type of man. He was also a talented artist, electrician, sculptor, computer programmer, baker, maker of costumes, school project master, gardener, wine distiller, and tough as nails.
He began working for Key-Day Building Enterprises in 2010 and remained there, a master of finish carpentry, until he was unable to continue working due to failing health. Key-Day offered friendship, support, and comradery to his final day.
Wayne was predeceased by his brother Rodney N. Dow and his parents Roland and Greta (May) Dow. He is survived by his wife Marcy (McGloin) Dow, his two sons Adam (Becky) Dow and Cris (Jenn) Dow of Wolfeboro, one daughter Aubri Dow Keating of Somersworth, and eight grandchildren Alyssa, Troy and Brielle Dow, Tegan and partner Lauren, Tatum and Tierson Keating, Fox and Mira Dow, three brothers, Chester ‘David’ Dow (Patti) of Maud, OK, Don Dow of Nashua, Stephen Dow (Lynda) of Milton Mills, and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life for Wayne A. Dow will be held on January 27, 2024, 11:00am, at the First Congregational church of Ossipee, Center Ossipee, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone VNA, 178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH 03867 or cornerstonevna.org/ donate.
Lord Funeral Home of Wolfeboro is assisting the family with arrangements. To express condolences or leave a fond memory, please go to www.lordfuneralhome.com.