Wayne L. Mitchell

Jun 16, 2017
Wayne Mitchell

Portsmouth, R.I. — Senior Chief Wayne L. Mitchell, 74, U.S. Navy, Ret., unexpectedly passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Charleton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Mass. He was surrounded by family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He was born in Rockland June 5, 1942, and graduated in the class of 1960 at Thomaston High School.

Wayne served his country in the Navy from 1962 to 1982. His numerous positions included senior sonar technician, advanced acoustical engineer and associate research officer in the Advanced Research & Development Branch of the Submarine Systems Department. He served on both conventional and nuclear-powered "Fast Attack" submarines, earning his silver dolphins in 1963. He conceived, designed, built and directed the Navy's first interim sonar operational trainer for fleet ballistic missile submarine sonar technicians at Nimitz Hall Naval Submarine School, Groton, Conn.

He received numerous citations, medals and three Navy Achievement Medals. Following his retirement from the Navy, he continued his career in Research & Development with Vector Research Co., EG&G, and Raytheon. He retired in 2009 with 47 years in the defense Industry, including his time in the Navy.

A favorite passtime was motorcycling and touring with his wife.

His hobbies included woodworking and ceramics, and he was known as "Mr. Fix-it" by all who knew him.

He served as the Youth Swim Team Meet Committee chairman for the Barracudas for several years. He was also head coach for the Squaws youth softball team for three years.

Mr. Mitchell was predeceased by his parents, Eugene D. Mitchell, Sr., and Lucille Ella (Condon), formerly of Thomaston. He was also predeceased by siblings Eugene D. Mitchell Jr. and Brenda M. (Mitchell) Scaccia.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara A. (Bellmore) Mitchell; three beloved children, Jerri Mitchell (Stefan Vienneau), Lori A. (Mitchell) Bottomly (David Bottomly), and Michael D. Mitchell (Leigh A. Mitchell); two grandchildren, Nolan M. Ridlon (Jerri) and Bryce T. Bottomly (Lori); three sisters, Violet (Mitchell) Young (Robert Young), Donna (Mitchell) Pease (Arnold Pease) and Sandra (Mitchell) Coffin (Clarence Coffin); asister-in-law, Stella (Nutt) Stewart, (Robert Stewart) both U.S. Air Force, Ret., and many nieces and nephews.

Senior Chief Mitchell's cremains will be interred with full military honors June 23 at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetary in Augusta, Maine. Senior Master Sgt Robert M. Stewart, U.S. Air Force, Ret,. will be the officiant.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

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