Augusta - Wayne D. Clarke Sr. passed away on Thursday February 22, 2007, with his loving wife and children by his side. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born on February 12, 1954 to Ralph D. and Charlotte (Benson) Clarke. He was predeceased by his mother in 1986 and his father in 2006. \r\r\n\r\r\nWayne graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1972. He married the love of his life Linda (Gillette) Clarke in 1982. Together they raised a loving family. He was very proud of the accomplishments that each of his children made. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. \r\r\n\r\r\nWayne lived life to the fullest extent that he could, despite all his battles with kidney failure and dialysis. He never let it get him down or in the way of enjoying his family. \r\r\n\r\r\nWayne was employed by Fort Western Tire Company in Augusta from 1985 until they closed their doors in 2003. He loved playing the guitar and singing even if was just around the campfire with his friends. He had a wonderful singing voice and at one point had formed his own band called ?Clarke Bros. & Company?. \r\r\n\r\r\nDuring his younger years, he was a Den Leader, along with his wife, for Pack 603 of Augusta, and later served as treasurer for the Cony High School Music Boosters. He enjoyed being involved in his boys lives, watching them grow, play ball and turn into grown men. \r\r\n\r\r\nWayne was a member of the Augusta Elks Lodge#964 for 24 years. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe and his wife always did things together. He was the light of her life, her rock and soul mate. Wayne was known as ?Dad? to every kid that entered his home. \r\r\n\r\r\nWayne is leaving behind a very special person in his life who he enjoyed going to breakfast with every Friday morning at Danny D?s or Pats Pizza, his mother-in-law Phyllis Turner of Augusta. If she did not call, he would call her and say ?let?s go to breakfast?. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe will be sadly missed by his ?adopted? family Sal Cirello and Jessica Crawford who called Wayne ?Dad? and their two children Michael and Genna who referred to Wayne as ?Grandpa?. He will be especially missed by his feline companions Ringo and Harrison and his Granddog Mickey. \r\r\n\r\r\nBeside his wife, he is survived by a daughter Rachel of Conway N.H.; 3 sons Brian and his wife Wendy of Tamworth N.H., Wayne II and Christopher of Augusta; 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, several nieces and nephews. \r\r\n\r\r\nVisiting hours will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta and from 10 to 11 am on Monday at Penny Memorial United Baptist Church, Augusta where a funeral service will follow at 11:00. Rev. Eric Moore will officiate. Spring burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nFollowing the service, a reception will be held at the Augusta Elks Club. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Wayne?s name may be made to; The National Kidney Foundation of Maine, P.O. Box 1134, Portland 04104-1134 or The American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville MD. 20852. \r\r\n\r\r\nWayne?s family would like to extend a special thank you to all the dialysis nurses and Physicians at the dialysis unit at Thayer Hospital in Waterville, who had cared for him in the last 18 years.