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M. Wayne Preston
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  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
    230 E Ohio Street
    Suite 304
    Chicago, IL 60611-3201

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“Oh so sorry to hear of Wayne's recent passing. Laurie you Wayne and boys remain a fond memory for me as does the whole family. Please know that you...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Dotty Crowley - Gilford, NH

“There aren't any words that I can say that can express my sorrow. This message could turn into a book. I am thankful that we were able to be...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Anna Steinkamp - Lawrence, KS

“Laurie, Dana, David and Danny,So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was am amazing man, so fun to be with and such a genuine, kind and smart man. ...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Terri Healey - Reading, MA

“So sorry for your Loss, Laura and family. You all will be in our prayers. From the family of the late Marge Maricak, childhood friend of Mary's. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Andrew Johnson - Clinton Twp, MI

“My condolences to you Laurie and your family. I met your Wayne many years ago when l lived in Woburn, he was a real nice guy and funny. He sure made...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Joanne PoplawskiQ - Ormond beach, FL

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


M. Wayne Preston died at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on May 8, 2019. He was 78 years of age. Wayne was born in Moberly, Missouri on June 20, 1940 to the late John & Cleo (Kribbs) Preston. He was raised in Moberly, graduated from Moberly High School, from Moberly Junior College, where he excelled in basketball and baseball, and then entered the US Navy. Mr. Preston served his country with pride and was in the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, stationed in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. After the service Wayne lived in various parts of the United States and Massachusetts before settling in Lynn in 1985. Mr. Preston graduated from Peterson School of Engineering in Boston and started his career as a building engineer. He worked as a building engineer for numerous large office buildings in Boston; he worked for the Lundgren Management Company for many years and for several condominium complexes, including the Fenmore Condos in the Fenway section of Boston. Wayne had a wonderful personality, a great sense of humor; he was a prankster and was extremely generous. He would literally give his shirt of his back, which he did one day to a homeless person in Boston who needed clothing. Mr. Preston was loved by all who came across his path especially all those that lived in the buildings he managed. The residents would give him numerous gifts and even ask them to take care of their children from time to time. Wayne loved making breakfast for family and friends and would be requested to do so. He loved freshwater fishing, camping in New Hampshire and spending time with family and friends around the fire. Mr. Preston was an avid coin collector, a Boston sports fan, was a Celtic, Red Sox and Patriots fan and would root for the Bruins which is his wife Laura's favorite team. He had an extensive knowledge of history and could challenge anyone to "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" or "Jeopardy". Wayne also had an extensive knowledge when it came to classic cars, especially muscle cars. He and his wife Laura enjoyed taking his 1968 Chevy to car shows, he could point out when cars were built, what engines they had in them and if the right markings were being displayed on the cars in the show or not. He will be forever missed for being a great father to his three boys and his great personality and genuine kindness to everyone. Wayne was the beloved husband of 44 years to Laura M. (Healey) Preston. Loving father of Dana C. Preston of CA, David W. Preston & Daniel S. Preston both of Georgetown. Caring brother of Ann Steinkamp of Kansas, the late Donald Preston and the late Edward Preston. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services and interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to in Wayne's name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611.