Obituary: Rodney Nichols Wade | Lewiston Sun Journal


Rodney Nichols Wade

NORWAY/SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. – Rodney Wade, 88, of Norway, known to family and friends as a kindhearted and gentle man, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, at his winter residence in Sun City Center, Fla. on May 1, 2021. Born in Norway March 16, 1933, the son of Myrle and Dolores (Gould) Wade, Rodney was educated in Norway schools, ice skating to class on many a winter’s day. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of college football, basketball and baseball, and a fine athlete in his day. He was also an active coach of his children’s little league and basketball teams, and played on a men’s slow pitch softball league well into his 30’s.Rodney was an avid horseman, having inherited that interest from his father. His work as a trainer led him to relocate from Maine to Long Island, N.Y., where he met his wife, Irma, and together they raised their family. He retired from the Long Island Railroad but also worked as a credit manager for WT Grants in addition to many part-time jobs, including the LI Advance. Family was always paramount in his life and his children recall with great fondness their annual vacations to Maine, the Catskills, Poconos or Florida. After retirement, Rodney returned to Maine where he engaged in diverse ventures. Often called upon to drive family and friends, for him the destination was never as important as the company. He turned that adventurous spirit into a business, Day Trippers, providing reliable transportation for members of the community. This segued into his volunteering for Androscoggin Home Health Care for nearly two decades. He was recognized as being a reliable and invaluable team member.In 2001, Rodney met his current wife, Suzanne, at a country western music hall in Mechanic Falls. He was a country music lover and a great dancer. They married in 2002 and their mutual love, respect and adoration was evident to all. They purchased the Florida condo in 2011 and became snowbirds in 2013. They were avid yard salers and enjoyed their weekly outings. Rodney also loved greeting his neighbors.Rodney was the father of five children, Carol (Graham) Chase of West Hartford, Conn., Deanna Wade of Medford, N.Y., Rory (Susan) Wade of Highland Lake, N.Y., Jeffrey (Laura) Wade of Medford, N.Y., and Terri (Tom) Sweeney of Cranston, R.I.; the grandfather of Molly (Bryan) Minerly, Samuel (Sarah) Chase, Noah Wade, Kelly Sweeney and Matthew Sweeney; and the great-grandfather of Hope. He was predeceased by older brothers Myrle Jr and Richard and survived by younger brother Peter. He was also a beloved uncle, brother-in-law and cousin.He maintained a loving relationship with his first wife, Irma, to whom he was married for 26 years. Their ability to move past their differences and put family first was an inspiration to many and a tribute to their shared congeniality and respect. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Rowena, who was also from Norway.Family and friends may attend a memorial service on Friday July 9 at 1 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Norway.In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions may be made to:Androscoggin Home Health Care15 Strawberry Ave.Lewiston, ME 04240



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