BARNSTABLE — Wayne Arthur Mahannah, Sr., age 81, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on February 10, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Wayne was born in Bristol, CT, to Marion and Norman Mahannah on January 29, 1939. He was raised in Farmington, CT, and was a graduate of Northeastern University. He married the love of his life, Phyllis (Reed) Mahannah in 1964 and together, they raised six children in Scituate and Kingston, MA before moving to Cape Cod in 1978 where they resided in Marstons Mills.
Wayne was a dedicated husband, father and soldier. He proudly served his country as a member of the 3rd infantry division of the US Army with three years of active duty in Europe and 20 years of service in the Army National Guard. Wayne held a successful career in insurance, retiring as Vice President of Underwriting from Bryden & Sullivan Insurance Agency. He was born with many gifts-a sharp mind, a quick wit, and always a positive outlook on life, all of which served him well and brought him a great collection of friends and an even bigger cache of stories which he loved reliving and recounting in his later years. He was an avid jogger and could often be seen making his way through the cranberry bogs. He loved life’s simplest pleasures, tending to his garden, fixing things around his home, British comedies and a great slice of blueberry pie. Wayne was a longtime member of United Methodist Church in Osterville and served as Treasurer for the Men’s Club at Liberty Hall in Marstons Mills.
Wayne is survived by his three siblings, Roger N. Mahannah of Ormond Beach, FL, Lee F. Mahannah of St. James City, FL, and Laurel J. (Mahannah) Duncan of Cromwell, CT, and five children: Stephanie Mahannah of Vista, CA, Julie (Mahannah) Bird and her husband Tom of Sandwich, MA, Jennifer Mahannah of Marstons Mills, MA, Jessica (Mahannah) Whitten and her husband Seth of Salem, MA, Jeffrey Mahannah and his wife Elizabeth of West Yarmouth, MA, and daughter-in-law Cheryl Cavanaugh-Mahannah of Bridgewater, MA. He is also survived by his 8 treasured grandchildren: Steven Mahannah, Noah and Jessica Bird, Brynn and Graham Whitten, Katelyn Mahannah, and Sarah and Nicholas Mahannah. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and son, Wayne A. Mahannah, Jr.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on February 15, 2020, at the United Methodist Church, 57 Pond Street, Osterville. A burial with military honors will immediately follow at Mosswood Cemetery, 280 Putnam Ave., Cotuit.