Wayne Andrews, 70, of Nashua, passed away after a brief illness, with family by his side. He was born in Nashua, NH on May 26, 1947, son of the late Michael and Laura (Szabunka) Andrews.
Wayne Andrews, a man who was always “pretty much good, not too much bad” and willing to bet “double or nothing” with his arm wrestling skills anytime he was to purchase anything, anywhere.
Wayne was a retired firefighter of the city of Nashua where he will be extremely missed. He was also a Veteran of the US Navy, where he served on the USS Turner Joy in the Vietnam War. Wayne was also an active supporter of the Nashua school athletics, especially football which was a great passion for him.
His passion for powerlifting, arm wrestling and mentoring people within these sports gave him great pride with the people he was able help. Wayne also represented his Country at the World Police and Fire games from the 1980’s on. He competed in these games multiple times around the globe winning countless gold, silver and bronze medals in many events. Including powerlifting, arm wrestling and shot put.
Wayne received medals in 1987 in San Diego, 1991 in Memphis TN, 1992 in Las Vegas, NV, 1995 in Colorado, 1997 in Alberta, Canada, 1998 in Durban, South Africa, 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden, 2000 in Paris, France, 2001 in Indiana, and in New Zealand and Australia.
In the 1970’s Wayne was the founder and president of Andrews Power Gym Inc. A non-profit organization with the mission to train people in the sport of powerlifting and to compete globally. As a member of the American Drug Free Powerlifting organization, through the gym, he was able to provide a positive and mentoring environment for countless individuals.
Wayne is very well known throughout the greater Nashua Community and around the world. He is thought of as a friend and mentor to all. He never met a stranger, anywhere, ever… Leaving only the most positive impression on all.
He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter Heather of NH, son Kevin and his wife Laura of CT, daughter Amy and her husband Scott of NH, beloved sister Barbara of TX, sister in-law Karen of KS, granddaughter Caitlyn of NH, Grandson Matthew of NH, grandson Ian and granddaughter Emily of CT, and great granddaughter Mina of NH, and many nieces and nephews around the country.
Wayne’s eye for perfection, unending curiosity, and personal drive to learn all he could inspired his children (and others) to succeed in life.
While Wayne could be proud of many things like his amazing Gym, 20 years with the Fire Department, his service in the US Navy, the care he took in his home, the countless trophies he brought home from hundreds of competitions, the people he mentored…. Nothing made him more proud than his family.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 4:00PM-8:00PM at the Zis-Sweeney & St. Laurent Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St. Nashua. Burial will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 1:30PM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303. Condolences may be offered at www.zissweeneyfuneralhome.com.