Wayne ‘Nick’ L. LaFlamboy, Jr. passed away on April 29 surrounded by three generations of his loving family. He fought a long battle with Parkinson’s and two cancers with courage and a smile. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly of Mashpee, son Wayne L. LaFlamboy, III of Sarasota, FL, daughter Andrée, her husband John, two granddaughters Ainsley and Kyra Ramsey of Falmouth, and two sisters, Lois Gregan of Sierra Vista, AZ and Joan Jackson and her husband Jay of Centerville, MA, along with many loving nieces and nephews.
Nick grew up in Norwood, MA spending summers on their farm in Amherst, NH. He moved to Queen Creek, AZ during high school, returning his senior year to graduate from Norwood High School in 1952. In 1953 he graduated from New Hampton School in NH. He attended Wentworth Institute in Boston before joining the Air Force Cadet program in 1956.
During the years as a pilot in the service of his country, he and his family lived in California, Washington D.C., Indiana, Taiwan, and Texas. While in Washington D.C., Nick was in the Air Control Command Squadron, which provided back-up support for the presidential fleet. He flew Cyrus Vance to the 1968 Paris Peace Negotiations during the Vietnam War and piloted the second plane into Hanoi after the ceasefire in 1973.
In 1970, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the governor of Indiana, Edgar Whitcomb, for bravery and heroism while under enemy fire during his first of two tours in Vietnam.
Nick was most proud of his mission as Task Force Commander with the United Nations Humanitarian Relief Effort, known as King Grain, which brought grain into the drought stricken areas of Africa in 1974. He is one of the few U.S. Citizens with a stamp of Timbuktu in his passport.
Nick could often be found sailing, hiking, playing cribbage, reading, honing his woodworking skills, or traveling the world with Beverly. Having made many friends during his lifetime, Nick would often visit them and regarded the United States as his neighborhood. He valued his time spent with his friends at West Barnstable Tables, happily working with beautiful reclaimed wood. Nick possessed a keen knowledge of old cars and trucks and enjoyed accumulating both.
His family would like to express our very heart felt gratitude to the angels from Hope Hospice, who earned their wings everyday caring for Nick. Whenever Nick was asked how he was, he always answered ‘Outstanding’, and indeed he was ‘Outstanding’. He is greatly missed.
Please join us to celebrate Nick’s life on June 8 at Chapman, Cole, and Gleason, Mashpee with visiting hours from 9:00 to 11:00, a brief service at 11:00, followed by a Military Burial at the National Cemetery at 12:30. Remembrances in his name can be made to Hope Hospice, Attucks Way, Hyannis, MA or the Disabled American Veterans Association, Hyannis, MA.