Father's tribute to his son, Wayne Harwood

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 15, 2019
Courtesy of: The Harwood Family Wayne Harwood wearing his welding gear.

LINCOLNVILLE — As the community mourns the loss of Wayne Harwood, 25, and supports his family, the young man's father, Craig Harwood, spoke in tribute to his son.

Wayne Harwood was skateboarding home, and was close to his apartment, when he was struck by a white sedan. He died of his injuries July 12.

Wayne grew up in Lincolnville, went to Lincolnville Central School, and graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School. He went to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor for two years, got his degree in welding, and went right to work, Craig Harwood said. He was busy, making good money, and had his future ahead of him, he said.

"He was a great kid, he loved animals, and he was a very good photographer," Craig said. Wayne showed some of his photographs during a recent First Friday Art Walk in Portland.

Wayne loved his cat, Skittles, who lived with him in Portland. He had another pet, Pilot, a flying squirrel that he had rescued from drowning in a pond in Northport, his father said.

"He nursed that squirrel and loved it," Craig said. They talked about the squirrel, and Craig mentioned that his son had said he learned a lot about life from the squirrel. Pilot had a cage in the apartment, but could also run free, and liked to sit on Wayne's shoulder.

Harwood said "Every place I've been to, people have given me a hug. It seems everyone knew Wayne. There are so many people around here who really loved him."

When Wayne and his brother were little, Craig used to pull them around in a wagon in Camden when he went shopping or brought them to the YMCA, then located downtown. "Everyone remembers that. They all knew him and how much we loved each other," he said. Wayne's brother flew back from San Diego to be with him, and his cat, Skittles, was with him, his father said.

Harwood said years ago he had read an interview with the actor Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed in a riding accident, and had said in the interview that the one thing he missed the most was being able to hug his children. Harwood talked about this with his boys. "We never said 'goodbye' without giving each other a hug," he said.

On July 15, Lincolnville community members began a conversation on the local Google group about a GoFundMe campaign for the family of Wayne Harwood, and were sharing their sadness about the loss of the young man and the information about the campaign on Facebook.

Wayne's aunt and cousin set up the GoFundMe page, Tribute to Wayne Harwood, to assist the family.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Edward & Elyse Socker Jr. | Jul 15, 2019 16:34

Craig, it seems like only yesterday our little boys played together, Eddie is in the Peace Corps in Africa now and was shocked when I told him yesterday. Our hearts hurt for your loss. We will so miss our friend, your son, Wayne.

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