portrait picture for Wayne M. Ely


Friends may call on Wednesday, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.


Services will be held Wednesday at 6:30 PM in the funeral home.  Burial of his ashes will follow in at a later date in Ridgebury Cemetery in Ridgefield, CT.


Contributions in his name may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association at pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

Wayne M. Ely

October 25, 1934 - July 11, 2018

Wayne M. Ely, born October 25, 1934 In Norwalk, CT passed away on July 11, 2018 with his loving family by his side.  He was the son of John and Marion Ely.  He is survived by his children Elizabeth Rowe (Chris) of Sandwich, MA and Matthew Ely (Monique) of Beaverton, Oregon; and 5 grandchildren, Sean and Connor Rowe, and McKenna, Maxwell and Michael Ely.  He was predeceased by his son, Christopher John Ely, and 3 brothers, William, Norman and Richard Ely.  He is also survived by Lee Weiss, his constant companion and love of the past 15 years, as well as Tom and Arden Church, who cared for him like family.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Wayne was both mechanically and musically inclined.  He had a love for cars and learned how to fix them from his grandfather.  He also took up the saxophone and clarinet in high school.  He enlisted in the US Air Force with a friend at 17 years old (originally to become a pilot), but when it was discovered that his eyesight wasn’t the best, he stayed in and played for the Air Force band instead.  He was stationed in Puerto Rico and here he made lifelong friends.   He also found his first true love, a 1948 MG TC.   He also owned several other classic cars over the years, among them a 1968 Firebird and 1977 MGB.

He worked at Avco Lycoming where he traveled the world as a Program Engineer, retiring in 1992.  A highlight of his career was working on the yacht of the King of Spain and sharing a meal with him.  He always had great stories to tell when he returned from these foreign places and always returned with fun gifts for his children.

Wayne was a great storyteller and was the life of the party.  He was a loyal friend and companion to many who loved him.  His love for dogs and Budweiser was well known to those who knew him.

He was an avid boater and proud member of the South Norwalk Boat Club, where he spent many hours as a volunteer.  He was also a member of the VFW, American Legon, and the New Englad MGT Register, where he would meet friends and share and talk about their love of cars.

A memorial will be held at Collins Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 18th from 4-7PM.

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  1. Wayne was a fine man who will be sadly missed by all who werelucky to know him.

    July 16, 2018
    Christine Church-Hoermann -
  • To the Ely family my sincere condolences. Wayne was a wonderful freind and I always enjoyed our time we spent together down at the boat club in my younger years.

    July 20, 2018
    Jim pack cut and shoot, Tx -
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