Wayne D. Strong
Wayne D. Strong, Sr., 74, died October 2, 2019 at home in Melrose after a long illness. He was the husband of Kimberly (Riker) Strong with whom he shared 34 years of marriage. Born in Boston on October 18, 1944, he was the son of the late Walter and Helen (Pasquale) Strong. Wayne enjoyed music which led him to sing in a number of groups over the years including, The Strong Brothers, The Chosen Few, Uptown Acapella, and Willis, Paris, Chase and Strong (W.P.C.S.) After retiring from Boston EMS where he was an EMT for over 20 years, Wayne enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson around New England. Despite the temperature, he rode year around and was a well known customer at “The Dew”, a gathering place for bikers at the end of Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Midlife, Wayne gave his heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and made sure to spread the Gospel to all those he came in contact with. In addition to his wife Kim, he is survived by his five children Wayne “Buddy”, Scott, James, Melissa, and Jesse, his brothers Lawrence and Mark and his sister Jacqueline, eleven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, October 7, 2019 from 3-7pm at Boston Cremation 287 Main St., Malden. A short memorial service will take place during the final hour of this visitation. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Wayne’s name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or donate online at stjude.org or Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. Unit B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at give.caredimensions.org
Wayne's love and appreciation for the great, standard vocalists, (Sinatra, Bennent, Como, etc) created an unrelenting desire in him to perform with various vocal groups, more than one he helped organize hinself. Singing was a lifelong passion of his and he enthusiastically fulfilled that desire . Working as an EMT was a genuine love of his also. I crossed paths with him one memorable occasion at the Mass General Hospital which was my employer for 40 years. Wayne was wheeling a patient through the emergeny entrance along with an EMT cohart and I was impressed with the composed professional demeanor and compassion he was exhibiting to the distressed patient. The ER doctor who met his arrival commented to Wayne on his efficiency and despite the ER mayhem, Wayne still took a brief minute to warmly greet me as I happened to be passing by. We talked a bit on his way back to his medical transport van. At that moment I was as proud as could be he was my cousin.
Wayne, your early life was filled with many difficult obstacles. You found your inner strength and light and let it shine for all of us. Thank you for your courage and determination. I’ll love you always, “Your favorite cousin”