Wayne Edward Venette



Wayne Edward Venette, 76, of Murrells Inlet, SC passed away peacefully Monday, September 17, 2018 at Morrell Nursing Center in Hartsville, SC.

Born in Athol, MA, Wayne was the son of the late Louis “Buck” Venette and Gladys M. Robichard Venette. A 1960 graduate of Athol High School, Wayne excelled in football, basketball and baseball, earning the Daniel J. MacDonald Memorial Award as outstanding senior athlete. In football he received three letters helping his 6 – 2 Football team beat Mahar on Thanksgiving Day where he caught two touchdowns. In basketball, Wayne received three letters playing point guard where he was the top scorer his senior year. In baseball he received two letters and was selected co-captain. He was a versatile player as catcher, pitcher and third baseman which lead to him being selected as All-Star to the North Worcester County first team. Because of his athletic contributions to Athol High School, Wayne was inducted into the Athol Hall of Fame in 2010. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for four years. Wayne was a high school and college referee and the assistant basketball coach at Westfield State College. He was a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, American Legion and was a IAABO Basketball Official. In addition to his parents, Wayne is predeceased by his brother in laws, Joseph Baggot and Dennis Boutot.

Survivors include his loving wife, Donna M. Venette; son, Steven Venette, Murrells Inlet, SC; step-sons, Grant Richardson, Murrells Inlet, SC; James Richardson, West Springfield, MA; several grandchildren, sister, Lana Boutot and nephew, Scott Boutot, Palm Springs, CA; sister in law, Gail Baggot, Murrells Inlet, SC.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held in the Massachusetts Veteran’s Cemetery in Agawam at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or to the Athol YMCA, 545 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331.

Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, SC (843-651-1440) is assisting the family.