Dr. Wayne Marchand, 73, died peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2021, while in the loving arms of his family, following a brief illness. Born in Fitchburg, he was the son of the late Arthur Marchand and Frances Laber. He grew up in Fitchburg and graduated from Notre Dame High School. Dr. Marchand entered the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era and was stationed in Greenland as a Medic.
After serving 4 years, Wayne received a BSRN from Fitchburg State College and then entered Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine.
With the endless support of his wife, Debra, Wayne successfully established Auburn Podiatry in 1983 and expanded his practice by opening 2 more offices in Webster and Leominster. “The Chief,” as Dr. Marchand was lovingly nicknamed, was adored by his patients.
He retired in 2017 to spend quality time with his best friend and wife of almost 50 years, Debra Francavilla Marchand. Wayne found joy in a quiet life and often hosted small dinner parties for his family and friends. He loved traveling, especially to York, Beach Maine, where he and Deb enjoyed their vacation home for over 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Debra and his three daughters, Nakia Burke and her husband Rob of Milford, MA, Darnielle Foley and her husband, Bob, of West Yarmouth, MA and Ashley Poniros and her husband, George, of Auburn. Wayne leaves behind 5 precious grandchildren whom he adored, Panos, Nicholas, Markos, Luca, and Emily.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Wednesday, April 21, at Britton Wallace Funeral Home in Auburn, from 4-7pm. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 11am at St. Joseph’s Parish in Charlton. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Wayne’s memory to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, helpfightra.org. A celebration of life will be held in Wayne’s honor later this summer.