FRANKLIN - Wayne Anthony Phelps died unexpectedly of heart failure August 21, 2014 at Donnell Pond with his daughter by his side. He was born in Bar Harbor on February 14, 1950, the son of John and Virginia (Gigi) Phelps of Northeast Harbor. Wayne graduated from Mount Desert High School in Northeast Harbor and SMVTI in South Portland. He was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his son Philip Phelps of Ellsworth, daughter Jessica and husband Roger St.Amand of Bass Harbor, grandchildren Kai Phelps and Tevin Workman of Ellsworth, Hannah, Ella and Ava St.Amand of Bass Harbor, brothers Curtis Phelps of Lamoine and Mark and wife Cindy Phelps of Florida, nephews Jeff, Ian and Gary, his beloved dog Louie and special friend Christian and all his Donnell Pond "family". A celebration of Wayne's life will be held Saturday, September 6th from 3 to 5 pm at the Franklin Veterans Hall. A fund has been started to assure Louie can continue his good life on the pond. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution please send donations to "The Louie Fund", c/o BHBT, P.O. Box 670, Mount Desert, ME 04660, or do a good deed for someone.
Ode to Wayne: Wayne was a man of leisure, he loved the pond he loved his dog; the hard fact is he loved us all. He'd help you plow he'd help you farm, he did this all with just one arm. He touched himself, he touched us all, and in love with him we all did fall. He liked the ladies, he liked their grace, and they all said "what a waste". Those who knew him, knew him well, they knew his charm they knew his smell. He was here but now he's gone, but will live forever on Donnell Pond. Rest in peace our dear friend. -C. Fitzgerald