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Services for Wayne Carmean - Friday 5/17 10:00 am


May 17, 1939 – May 1, 2024


Wayne Carmean passed away suddenly in his home in Fenwick Island on the morning of May 1st. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he grew up in Montchanin with a family that encouraged the importance of hard work and education as well as a deep devotion to “God, Country, and Family.”

He often shared that his earliest memory was that of his parents and sister on their knees listening to Gabriel Heatter, praying for the safety of the military and our nation during World War II.    Later when Wayne began school in the former Alexis I. DuPont system, his concerned teacher predicted that he would probably “never complete his education” because he was so unhappy being away from his family while in the classroom. Overcoming his separation anxiety, ironically, Wayne remained in one classroom or another until he was almost eighty, sharing with others his appreciation for the importance of education.

Wayne was captain for his high school football team and was selected for Delaware’s 1957 North (Blue) All Star team.  Recruited by several colleges to play football, Wayne chose to become a Blue Hen at the University of Delaware where he was a member of the 1959 Blue Hen football team that was the first to win the Lambert Cup under the direction of legendary Coaches Davy Nelson and Tubby Raymond. Wayne also enjoyed being a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity where he earned the moniker “Pork Chop”.  

While at University of Delaware Wayne also found the great love of his life, Vicki, who would remain at his side during 62 years of marriage.  Reportedly, when Wayne stole his first kiss from Vicki, he said “Bop” and promptly fell down the steps.   Luckily, Vicki decided that life with Wayne would be a great adventure and often said she knew he was “the one” from the moment she picked him up from the bottom of the stairs.  

Following his graduation in 1961 from University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree and an ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant, Wayne proudly served for several years on active duty in Germany and later in the Army Reserves.  While stationed in Germany, Wayne and Vicki toured all of Europe, including a memorable run for the western border through the Russian guarded gates of Berlin. 

After Wayne’s active-duty discharge, a short stint as a substitute at the former Gunning Bedford High School convinced Wayne to stay on as a teacher of US History as well as a coach of football and basketball. Wayne’s proudest moment as a coach came when his determined Gunning Bedford players won the 1968 Flight B Basketball Championship.  During the summers, Wayne also worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor for children with mobility challenges.

While teaching, Wayne also earned a Master’s Degree and Master’s Plus 30 at the University of Delaware.  In 1970, Wayne made the difficult decision to leave classroom instruction to accept a position as an Assistant Principal and then Principal at Seaford High School.  During their time in Seaford, Wayne and Vicki purchased a lot in Fenwick Island, Delaware and spent their ensuing summers building their dream house by the sea. 

Shortly after he earned his Doctor of Education degree in 1980, Wayne moved his family to Cecil County, Maryland, where he served as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Acting Superintendent until he retired in 2000. In addition, Wayne continued teaching School Law and Principalship classes for both Loyola University in Maryland and Wilmington University until he decided to retire again at age 79.

When Wayne and his wife moved full time to Fenwick in 2001, he involved himself with new adventures that included remodeling the old beach house, playing senior golf, traveling, and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren. Wayne also loved anything involving athletics, with a particular passion for following the uncertain fortunes of the Phillies and Eagles teams for eight decades as well as Duke basketball.

Wayne also became involved with the 38th Republican Club, serving as its Co-chair and President as well as a Delegate to the State Convention. As a former military officer and history teacher, he was passionate about supporting good government and leaders.

Although Wayne loved working as an educator and being involved with the community, he was foremost a devoted husband, father and grandfather who always made “family” a priority.  Whether it was taking grandchildren to the beach, fishing, boating, clamming, watching sports games or sharing a meal,” Papa” was happiest being in the center of family and all of his grandchildren have fond memories of “pulling a Papa” during mealtime or his voice cheering them on from a sideline.     

Wayne is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vicki, as well as his three children and their spouses plus grandchildren:  Natalie and Steve Magdeburger of Fenwick Island; Kristin and Troy Heiner of Florida; Mark and Erika Carmean of Maryland. The grandchildren include Dr. Jessica Magdeburger Trang and Dan Trang; David and Sara Magdeburger; Kayleigh Heiner and Matthew Heiner; Paige Carmean and Nicholas Carmean.

The Memorial Service will be held at St. Matthews By the Sea with Visitation scheduled at 10 AM and the Service at 11 AM followed by a reception at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wayne’s honor to St. Matthews By the Sea, 1000 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944.

Wayne with 38th Republican Friends

Services for Wayne Carmean

The 38th District Republican Club will be honoring the memory of our beloved friend, Wayne Carmean, at our upcoming meeting, May 28th. Please see information regarding services for Wayne below. We will have more information and a dedicated post to honor the loving memory of Wayne Carmean, husband, father and friend to all.

Visitation & Service Friday the 17th at 10A.M.

St Mathews by the Sea Methodist Church, Fenwick Island.

When Wayne retired as an educator and moved full-time to Fenwick Island in 2001, he became involved in the early organization of the 38th Republican Club along with Loretta Alberti, a longtime supporter of Gerald Hocker who was then a State Representative.   Wayne first served as a Co-chair for the informal 38th Club where he was instrumental in writing the By-laws and organizing the "official" 38th Republican Club.   Later he was elected  and served as the  President for this group.   Along with  participation in numerous activities and committees for the 38th, Wayne was selected to be a Delegate for several  State Conventions.  As a former military officer and history teacher,  Wayne remained passionate about supporting good government and leadership.  His  funeral visitation and service with military honors will be held  beginning at 10:00 a.m. on May 17th (his 85th birthday) at Saint Matthews By The Sea Methodist Church in Fenwick Island, DE.


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