Gloucester, MA — Wayne D. Corliss, 57, of Gloucester, passed away after an extraordinarily brave battle with cancer on June 16, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House with his loving wife, Dianne, by his side.
He was born in Gloucester on April 18, 1956. The son of Lawrence and Shirley Corliss and the grandson of Howard and Gladys (Christie) Corliss, founding family members of the very well-known Corliss Brothers Nursery. At a very young age, Howard instilled in Wayne the respect and value of wildlife and outdoor sportsmanship. They had a very strong bond and love for the outdoors as they shared many fishing adventures together.
Wayne was a 1974 graduate of Gloucester High School followed by four years of service in the U.S. Air Force where he earned the rank of Sargent E-4 Aircrew Life Support. He acquired his Plumbing Journeyman/Gasfitters License in 1981. He completed his apprenticeship with Andrews Plumbing and over the years worked for other local plumbers, eventually leading to his own plumbing business. Before his cancer diagnosis he had been working as the plumber at Salem State University.
To say that Wayne liked to fish and hunt is an understatement. He lived it and was very good at it. He enjoyed teaching many people, young and old, how to fish and hunt. His enthusiasm was palpable and the lessons he taught to some are now being passed on to their children for generations to come. His large stature made him stand out in a crowd, but his kind, quick-witted sense of humor and smiling face endeared him to your heart. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne (Foster) Corliss; his children, Jonathan and his wife, Rebecca (Carlson) Corliss, Chrisite Corliss-Fahey and her husband, Dustin Fahey, Jaimie Corliss and her husband, Paul Dugan; stepson and daughter, Benjamin Ewell and Brianna Burns; his grandchildren, Tyler James Fahey, Kylie Ann Fahey, Selphie Lynn Corliss and Drya Margaret Corliss; stepsister and brother, Allison and Erik Hodgekins; his in-laws, Robert and Joan Foster; his brother, Warren Corliss of Front Royale, Va.; and many nieces and nephews; his lifelong friends, Steve Herdman and his wife, Shari, of Rowley, Mass., Bill Kitchenmaster of Beverly, Mass., and Charlie Bisbee of Englewood, Fla.; and many more good friends. He also leaves behind his crazy, but loyal coonhounds, "Memphis" and "Jaxon."
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of Wayne's life will be held in October. Details are pending and will be published in this newspaper at a later date.