Wade Addison Millett

CANTON, Conn. – Wade Addison Millett passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2021.

Wade was born on April 14, 1978 in Sanford to Mark and Linda Millett.

Wade was a gregarious child with a huge smile and a love of anything relating to sports and the outdoors. Wade grew up in the Waterboro and Alfred area and attended local schools. He graduated from Massabesic High School in 1996. At Massabesic, Wade excelled at baseball, basketball, and soccer. It is here where he developed lifelong friends, including Jeb Gerrish and Michael Hussey.

Upon graduation, Wade attended the University of Southern Maine where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. Wade was known for his exceptional shooting ability and fierce competitiveness. He was named captain of the team during his junior and senior seasons. Wade was a natural born leader, always encouraging his teammates and challenging them to excel.

It was during his time at USM that Wade developed friendships that became a brotherhood. Casey Hamlin, Josh Matthieu, Matt Tarbox, Patrick Morang, Mike Fennessy and Ryan Soucie became his brothers. Throughout Wade’s life, these seven men supported each other, shared laughter and love for one another, and learned so much from each other.

Professionally, Wade worked in the insurance industry his entire career. Most notably, he was employed by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield where he was recognized frequently for his accomplishments and leadership skills. His work ethic gave him the opportunity to climb the ranks within the company, leading him to serve in several leadership roles. He was proud of the work that he did and knew that he ultimately made a difference. His vibrant personality allowed him to easily create positive friendships with his colleagues, including a trusted friend and mentor in Paul Kent.

Wade loved sports and he was naturally good at whatever sport he tried. He hated to lose and was as competitive as anyone. Most notably, during his post playing career, he turned his competitive nature towards the game of golf. It was a sure bet that between the months of April-November you could find Wade teeing it up at a course in the southern Maine area. Almost as much as he loved playing and competing on the course with his friends, he enjoyed watching golf on television. He absolutely loved Tiger Woods.

Wade also loved staying involved in the game of basketball and giving back to the next generation of players. In 2010, he took an assistant coaching position at McAuley High School in Portland. While there, he helped lead the team to four state championships and perhaps more importantly became a mentor and trusted advisor to so many of the young women he coached. He cared deeply for the kids and felt such a sense of pride when these young women moved on to do great things in college and beyond.

Then, in 2015, Wade moved on to another assistant coaching position at Cheverus High School where he had the opportunity to coach alongside one of his brothers, Ryan Soucie. Watching the two of them on the sidelines strategizing together was a true joy to see. Wade was at his best when he was coaching, leading, and helping others.

It is impossible to imagine the world without Wade’s thoughtful, caring, and fun-loving spirit. To say he will be missed by many is a true understatement. Wade was a son, an uncle, a coach, and a coworker. Above all else though, Wade was a friend. He was always there to lend a helping hand or provide a shoulder to lean or cry on. He cared so deeply for his friends – for his brothers.

Wade is survived by his father, Mark Millett of Winthrop, his mother, Linda Millett of Alfred; and numerous aunts/uncles/cousins. He leaves behind his close friends Casey Hamlin and his wife June, Josh Matthieu and his wife Jamie, Matt Tarbox and his wife Amy, Patrick Morang and his wife Bumni Okoya, Ryan Soucie and his wife Lonnie, Mike Fennessy; his former wife, Katie Allen; and countless other co-workers, teammates, and friends.

A celebration of Wade’s life will be held on Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. at Dunegrass Golf Club in Old Orchard Beach. For inquiries please email [email protected]

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