Wayne Kaye Nickerson, 64: A true outdoorsman

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YARMOUTH — Wayne Kaye Nickerson, 64, of Yarmouth, died unexpectedly Friday as the result of a snowmobile accident.

Nickerson was born Feb. 11, 1949, in Portland, the son of Adeline Norton Nickerson and Kaye Nickerson. He was educated in local schools and graduated from Yarmouth High School, class of 1968. He was a member of the basketball team that won the state championship and played a solid game of baseball. He was a self-employed painter for over 30 years, doing some commercial work but mostly residential painting.

Despite their sorrow, Nickerson’s family acknowledges that his death outdoors was fitting for a man who a true outdoorsman. He loved the ocean, boating and camping on the islands of Casco Bay with his children. He enjoyed fishing, be it fresh, salt or ice. Throw in some hunting, four-wheeling and of course snowmobiling and life was lived outdoors year round. Time at camp in Rangeley was always special with many fond memories.

Nickerson will be remembered as a man who was nurturing and protective of his family with a heart that was bigger than the man himself. Friendships made in childhood were made for life.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Shirley Nickerson; his children, Brad, Rhonda, Dierdre, Chad, Heather and Derek; nine grandchildren; his mother, Adeline Nickerson; his brother, Tim Nickerson, and his wife, Kathy; as well as a large circle of friends. He was predeceased by his father and his brother, Stephen Nickerson.

A memorial service will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday at the First
Baptist Church of Yarmouth, 346 Main St., Yarmouth with Rev. Ric Ochsner officiating. A reception will follow at the AMVETS Hall, North Road, Yarmouth.

The family respectfully request donations are made to Shirley to help with funeral expenses.

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