Wayne P. Centabar
- November 7, 1960 - December 8, 2010
- West Islip, New York
of Wayne's Passing
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“We miss you, Wayne... always in our thoughts,
Jeannine and Hans.
PS. I put the pink teddy bear as my candle just because I figured it would make...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jeannine Liebert - New York, NY
“The one regret I have Is that I didn't have Wayne in my life for a longer period of time. He gave me his friendship so easily and completely that I...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Marie G. - Long Island, NY
“Wayne and I met many years ago. 1985 I believe, or '84..I remember telling him that we would have "gone out" if I hadn't just started a relationship...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Caryn Z Ombie - OCEANSIDE, NY
“Wayne and I met at Nancy's Wines for Food in New York in the late 1990s. My husband Hans and I considered him to be one of our very best friends....Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jeannine Liebert - New York, NY
“How such a big guy could have an even bigger heart... A mystery. To come up with a specific memory right now is too difficult. It's still too close....Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: M. Hans Liebert - New York, NY
“Wayne was truly a great friend of mine... we met when we were kids in elementary school. I loved his sense of humor and his wonderfully offbeat way...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Ralph Porcelli - West Islip, NY
“Funny how a virtual friendship came to be a personal one.
We first crossed paths 7+ years ago as a result of our mutual love of 80's music. That...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Richard Perez - LI, NY - Friend
“Not that you lived your life like a candle in the wind but it would have been great to have you around a little longer. We always enjoyed a good...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kevin Lockhart - Deer Park, NY
“There are two things that I'm very grateful for: 1. For having met you. 2. For Facebook because even though you're gone, your legacy and effects on...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Kim Roller - Seattle, WA - Friend
“My Uncle i love you so i think of u every day!! i am so filled with sadness that u are not here with us..... Today is your birthday and i miss you so...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Casey Cyr - NY - Niece
“While searching the Web dfor additional materials to add to the Tribute I am creating for my brother, I came upon this page, I plan to share it with...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Centabar - Hampton Bays, NY
Wayne Paul Centabar was born on November 7, 1960 in Southside Hospital, Bay Shore NY, USA. Son of Orland C. "Sarge" Centabar and Margaret M.P. ":Margo" Centabar, Wayne was the youngest of their three children. His two sisters are Cathy and Lisa. Wayne attended school in West Islip, Long Island, NY and graduated Class of 1979. By no means a nerd, Wayne was, nonetheless, a good student, when he applied himself, of course. Wayne was highly intelligent, and often found school a bit boring. Wayne loved sports, especially baseball and hockey. He was a life long fan of the NY Mets and the NY Rangers. He loved outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and jogging, and long road trips across the country. He had travelled around the world as well. to many memorable, exciting and exotic locales. Wayne's great love was always music. He played the bass guitar and often wrote lyrics as well. In his teens, he and a group of talented friends formed a band called Paradise Lost, which became quite popular. Although he would work at "regular" jobs, music would always be a recurring theme in his life, one of his first, and longest loves.
After graduation, Wayne had a varied and interesting time. One of his favourite places to be was the popular club Spize. More than just a job to him, it was a place where he would meet and make many lifelong friends. He also took a bit of time to see the country (road trips would become a recurring theme throughout his life) and try new things, finally returning to New York to accept a job with the Long Island Rail Road, where he would work as an electrician for the next twenty years. After "retiring" at a young age, Wayne went on to have equally successful stints as an operations manager for a popular wine emporium in New York City, and a computer firm he began with others as well. During his time at the LIRR, Wayne served also as an EMT, an Emergency Medical Technician, for the NY Rangers, where he made many good friends, as well as Stony Brook Hospital. Most recently Wayne had returned to his first love, music, operating with a top flight crew working on concerts in several venues for world renowned performers and bands. As usual, Wayne was equally well liked by rock legends as well as every member of the crew. His services were constantly in demand, for performers knew they could concentrate on their music and satisfying their fans if Wayne was there, behind the scenes,
An accident a couple of years before his passing left Wayne with a head injury, and other complications. Although he fought hard against them, on the morning of Wednesday, December 8, 2010, Wayne was found at home, his death a result of complications from those injuries. He had his 50th birthday only 31 days before. He is survived by his mother, Margo, his sisters, Cathy and Lisa, and her children: his nephew Thomas Cyr, niece Casey Cyr, and Casey's son, his grand nephew Adam Iveschich.
Whether, to you, he was Centabar or Waukena, those who knew Wayne will never forget him. While most of us go through life leaving people and places behind, Wayne never did. He kept his friends for a life time, from his oldest and best friend Ford to people he met a week before he left us. The outpouring of love and support from his many friends who learned of his passing in time to attend his services was beautifully overwhelming, as is the continued comfort and support received from those still finding out, unbelievingly, that he is gone. We want to thank all of you who come to visit this site, to remember Wayne. If you have pictures and stories to share, please do so. We would all love to see them. Wayne was a very vital, unique and unforgettable man, He truly knew what it meant to LIVE, not just exist. Although he is no longer here, we will keep this site to remember and honor him. If he were here, with that big, lopsided smile, he'd look up at you all and say, "Hey, guys, thanks for coming!" God bless you all.
UPDATE 12 November 2011
NB - We are presently compiling a Tribute to Wayne, which, when completed, will be distributed to all of his friends who would like a copy. It will include photos, videos, stories and other memorabilia celebrating the life of this remarkable man. Photos and videos are also being requested and collected for this permanent online tribute page. Apparently, only the owner of this page may upload them, although there is no restriction on the quantity.
Should you have photos and stories you would like to include here or in Wayne's Tribute, and I sincerely hope that you do, I would be incredibly grateful if you would send them to me via email. Your captions for each photo will be reproduced here verbatim, and referenced to your Memory Book entry. Any materials, written or media, submitted here, or for his Tribute will, of course, remain your property and you will be given full credit for the contribution.
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to submit materials for this site, to obtain further information or ask any questions about the projects, or just to chat about Wayne. Thank you again to all of you who have commented here and have already shared your touching, warm and delightful memories of my brother. Each time I visit here and see the love that all of you, his friends, still have for him, it as if he never left us. I swear I can feel him with me when I read the wonderful things you have written. I hope you feel the same. Take good care of yourselves, always, and thank you again. - Lisa