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Henry Francis Wanning III

Oct 10, 1940 - Jul 3, 2017

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Blue Hill - Henry Francis Wanning III (Frank) died July 3, 2017, at his home in Blue Hill, Maine, surrounded by his family. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 10, 1940, the son of H. F. Wanning II and Elizabeth Marvin Wanning.
Frank grew up in Connecticut and Philadelphia, graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Overbrook, PA, and was a member of the class of 1962 at Yale University. After graduation he joined the Peace Corps, where he spent two years teaching English on Cebu Island in the Philippines with his first wife, Helen Pingrey Neal. After returning to the US, he studied for a year at the Thunderbird School of Global Management near Phoenix, AZ, and then joined the Foreign Service. He was stationed first in the Dominican Republic, then in Manila as aide to the Ambassador. Later he served as assistant to the Economic Advisor in the Nixon Administration, and loved to tell stories about being trapped in the White House on the chaotic night before the president resigned in 1974. After leaving the State Department, he worked as a sugar trader for the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, and then moved to London to work for the British sugar firm Tate & Lyle with his second wife, Patricia Jamieson. He later was an international trader there for several commodity brokerages.
After nearly twenty years in London, he and his family moved to Newtown, CT, in 1996, where he continued to work until his retirement. A summer resident of Blue Hill since 1946, Frank and his family moved there permanently in 2003, where he found great fulfillment in serving the community as a member of the Board of George Stevens Academy, as a member of the Building Committee at the Country Club, and most recently as Chairman of the Board of the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. He also loved cooking Maine-inspired recipes for friends and family, playing golf with friends ("I can see the ball a whole lot farther than I can hit it"), and sailing the waters of Blue Hill Bay, Eggemoggin Reach, and beyond on his sloop Cats Paw. (Frank much preferred being on the water to being in the water. "Swimming is when you sink to the bottom and run like hell," he always maintained.)
Frank is survived by his wife of 23 years, Christine E. Wanning, of Blue Hill; and his five children and their families, Katherine (Tink) Major, her husband, Larry Calabro, and his grandchildren, Celia and Benjamin of Warwick, RI; Matthew Wanning of Encinitas. CA; Jamie Wanning of London, UK; Lucy Wanning Strout and her husband, Adam of Brooklin; and Hattie Wanning of Blue Hill. His survivors also include his sister, Betsey Wanning Harries, of Williamsburg, MA, and Blue Hill and her partner, Jennifer Whiting; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; sisters- and brothers-in-law and relatives in the United Kingdom and Wales, and lifelong friends all over the world. He also leaves behind three cats, who were bequeathed to him against his will by his college-bound daughters, and a large high definition television that, to his family's knowledge, only aired sporting and news programs.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 11 AM at the Blue Hill Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, 57 Water Street, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or to Hancock County Homecare and Hospice, P O Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
Published on  July 11, 2017
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