Wayne S. Smith, 80, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Trenton, N.J., and lived in Philadelphia and Allentown, Pa., before his family moved to Wilmington, Del.
Smith graduated in 1955 from Mt. Pleasant High School and in 1960 from the University of Delaware, where he received two master’s degrees. After completing his active-duty ROTC obligation in 1960-1961, he returned to Delaware and married the love of his life, Carlene List.
In 1962, Smith started a fulfilling 34-year teaching career that included four years at De La Warr High School, one year at Brandywine High School and 29 years at Concord High School, where he served a year as assistant principal. He was also the Social Studies Department chairman for 19 years. Smith enjoyed working with the high school juniors and seniors. He taught thousands and counseled scores who sought him out, knowing he would always listen and present options for the students addressing the challenge before them.
In 2000, the Smiths retired to their home in Bethany Beach, where he spent many active years as a member of his community’s condominium council. His main areas of interest included government and politics, including the management of local political campaigns, reading a wide variety of topics, and coaching and playing softball.
Smith had coached the Concord High School girls’ softball team for 27 years, winning a state championship in 1978. His greatest satisfaction as a coach was developing player skills and molding teams from individuals. He played on a variety of teams, including church teams, the Delaware Senior Olympics and the Olde Tymers Softball League, until age 70, when he decided to follow his grandchildren’s school, travel and college teams in baseball, softball and wrestling. He also served for six years as a member of the Delaware Humanities Forum Council.
Smith loved his family dearly. He enjoyed gatherings for celebrations or just for the sake of gathering, as well as the frequent parking-lot touch-football games he captained as quarterback.
Smith is survived by Carlene, his wife of 56 years — his buddy, his pal, his friend and the love of his life, with whom he shared a wonderful and fulfilling life together; his sons, Wayne Alan and his wife, Lisa Ann, and Mark Darryl and his wife, Donna; and his grandchildren, Karlie, Mark Dylan, Ben, Sienna, Gabriella, Olivia, Brad and Jack.
A celebration of Smith’s life was scheduled for Nov. 25, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View, Del., 19970. Interment was to be private, for the family only. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963.or send flowers to someone you love. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.