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TEMPLETON – Wayne G. Prentiss, 65, of 13 Shady Lane, died peacefully Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 at his residence, with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Gardner on October 10, 1953, son of the late Dana and Olive (Bettez) Prentiss and was a 1971 graduate of Gardner High School. He had been a resident of Templeton since 1975.
Wayne was the maintenance manager at New England Wooden Ware, where he had worked for 44 years. In previous years he was a volunteer fireman with the Templeton Fire and Rescue. Wayne was a “Man of the Woods” and loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time on his boat fishing. A Harley Davidson enthusiast, he enjoyed taking motorcycle drives with his wife. Most of all, he enjoyed teaching the ropes and lessons of the outdoors with his sons and in recent years his grandson. Wayne was a member of Holy Cross Church.
He leaves his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years, Deborah M. (Brouillet) Prentiss; three sons, Eric Prentiss and his significant other Jenn of Templeton, Ryan Prentiss and his wife Larysa of Athol and Brad Prentiss and his wife Michelle of Athol. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and looked forward to seeing them always. Kaitlyn Prentiss, Rachael Prentiss, Hunter Prentiss, Angelica Prentiss, Izebell Prentiss and Zoey Prentiss; three sisters, Debbie O’Hare and husband John of Royalston, Lorre Prentiss of Athol and April Prentiss-Was of Gardner; two brothers, Marcus Prentiss of Hubbardston and Dana Prentiss of Baldwinville and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or one may plant a tree in Wayne’s memory.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.
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