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.
Massachusetts Veteran's Cemetery
Wednesday September 26th, 2018
1390 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001
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Submitted by Donna Venette on Oct 11 2018 08:25:16 PM
My sincere condolences! I am sorry for your loss! He was such a nice man! Bonnie Neal
Submitted by Bonnie Neal on Sep 25 2018 10:49:34 AM
Dear Donna and Family So sorry to here of Wayne’s passing he was a wonderful guy and he worked very hard contributing to our youth in West Springfield I learned alit from Wayne and he wisdom a great person RIP
Submitted by Don Del Buono on Sep 24 2018 07:47:52 PM
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Ron and Cliffie Thompson lit a candle on Sep 24 2018 03:19:30 PM
We're sorry to hear about Wayne.
Sincerely, Don & Diane Webb, West Springfield
Submitted by Don & Diane Webb on Sep 24 2018 08:49:40 AM
My condolences to his wife and family. I loved working the trade with Wayne. He was a consummate professional and his good humor made the time pass so quickly it didn’t ever feel like we were working. He will be missed. RIP
Submitted by Mark Gonsalves on Sep 23 2018 04:31:51 AM
Mrs. Venette & Steve- I'm so very sorry to hear this news. Mr. Venette had an amazingly positive impact on my life. Literally thousands of hours together in the gym, on the field, all the fun road trips to games and hanging out at your house. He always put others first and never asked for anything in return. I learned so many great life lessons from him and use them to this day. He was a great role model and taught us toughness but also fairness. I'll keep these memories with me forever and use these lessons with my children. He will be greatly missed!
Submitted by Bill Stanton on Sep 22 2018 11:22:26 PM
Wayne .. One of the best ! Rest in peace my friend !
Submitted by Chris Stefano on Sep 22 2018 07:11:43 PM
On behalf of the Fisher Family, We send our dearest condolences to the Venette family. My Dad Larry passed away July 10th. He considered Wayne a great friend and fellow Athlete. My Mom Judy sends along her thoughts and prayers. Ours family prays for loss. Sincerely, Larry & Judy Fisher
Submitted by Larry Fisher on Sep 22 2018 02:14:10 PM
Sending Steve and family my condolences
Mr. Venette as I knew him was a positIve figure in my childhood
He was a great coach and knew how to work with kids!
Many memories about him and always positive!
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