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  1. Laura and Erin,
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Sending lots of love and praying for your peace and comfort in the coming days!
    Ellen

  2. Erin and Laura,

    We’re so sorry to hear about your loss. We’re thinking of you and sending love your way.

  3. Wayne’s passing brings such sorrow to our hearts. Wayne will always be remembered as a kind and loving friend. Our hearts go out to Laura and Erin.

  4. Wayne was a pleasure to work with in real estate transactions over the years. Extending thoughts and prayers to Laura and their daughter.

  5. Dear Laura and Erin. I was so shocked to see that Wayne had passed. I always enjoyed working with him and you. I cannot imagine what you’re going through right now but I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both and your entire family. My deepest condolences to all.

  6. Laura and Erin,

    I am so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and he sure loved his girls so much. My condolences to you and all your family and friends.

    Sending love and prayers for strength, peace, and comfort to you both.

  7. Laura, Erin and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss; may the comfort of family and friends, and your fond memories of Wayne, sustain you in your grief in the difficult days ahead.

  8. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with Wayne! He was a phenomenal broker, very generous with his words of wisdom and just an all around great person. I’m sure he’ll be missed by many of us. Hugs and prayers for his family!

  9. Wayne was a pleasure to work with over the years, always willing to help me out. My gratitude and thoughts and prayers are with you, Laura and Erin.

  10. Our deepest condolences. It was an honor to know and have worked with Wayne over the years. He was a man of great integrity Rest In Peace Wayne. Our love and prayers to Laura and extended family.

  11. Words cannot express our sorrow. Wayne fought a long hard battle and he will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  12. Laura, I’m so saddened by the news of Wayne’s passing. I enjoyed working with him for so many years. Such a nice guy. Hugs to you & your daughter.

  13. Laura, I’m so sorry for your loss. I sat next to Wayne at a few CE classes in the past & always enjoyed talking with him.

  14. Wayne was such a pleasure to work with, always professional, knowledgeable and (most importantly) kind and helpful. Blessings and strength to his family. He will be missed.

  15. Wayne was a great guy. I always liked our conversations.Blessings for peace and comfort to Laura and the family.

  16. Sending Wayne’s family my most sincere condolences during this time. I enjoyed doing business with Wayne, he was great to work with. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  17. Oh, Laura. I am so very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was always such a nice man, and I truly enjoyed working with him over the years. There are simply no words. My heart aches for you and Erin. Debbie

  18. Laura and Erin, I was saddened to hear this news about Wayne. I have always had respect and admiration for him, personally and professionally. He will be missed. My heart is with you and your family. Monica

  19. I was shocked to hear this news yesterday from OBAR and even more sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Wayne over the years – he was true blue – honest – and straight forward. My prayers are with you as your mourn his loss.

  20. Dear Laura, Erin, and family. My deepest condolences to your both and your family members. Wayne left his mark on the Outer Banks. Hard working is an understatement to say the least. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. My he Rest In Peace!

  21. Dear Laura, Erin and Family-
    I will remember Wayne as the consummate professional, patient, always kind and as steady as the north star. My thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times.
    Johanna

  22. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. He worked with my dad (George Brown) back in the day (early 2000’s) at Kitty Hawk Dunes. He was a wonderful friend to my dad. May he RIP & you now have a special guardian angel…May all your memories help with your loss. In comfort & prayers

    Pam Robertson

  23. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. He worked in the early 2000’s at Kitty Dunes Realty with my dad, George Brown. I believe that had a mutual friendly respect for each other in/out of the office. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. My sincere condolences to Laura, Erin and family . I’m sure you have many wonderful memories to cherish . ❤️

  25. Dear Laura and Erin, words cannot express our sadness on Wayne’s passing. You will always cherish the wonderful memories you made together. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Thought and prayers are with you.

  26. We want to send huge Hugs to Laura and Erin!
    We are thinking of you and praying for you! Mr. Wayne was a great man, so easy to talk to and sarcastic!!!!! He will be fondly remembered!!

  27. I am so sorry for your loss. He was an extraordinary man. I just adore you two! As I sit here in my home, it was him that let me in the door for the very first time. We exchanged many laughs in the kitchen. I knew this would be my home. Oh dear Laura, I extend all my love to you and your family. May he rest in peace and no more pain ❤

  28. Heartbroken. Wayne was a dear soul and I’m so fortunate to have know him over 50 years. God Bless ya Wayne. Dearest sympathy to Laura, Erin, and to Wayne’s extended family. Thank you for all the great memories.

  29. Our thoughts are with you and Erin. Robert remembers all the wonderful conversations with Wayne. I remember his kindness and wit and that he always had a big smile. Love to you and Erin. Becky and Robert Baggett

  30. Laura and Erin,
    My prayers are with you both at this most difficult time. May the memories of your life together be a comfort.

  31. Fran and I have had the good fortune to have met Wayne in 2006 and have been involved in multiple purchases. Wayne was one of the most genuine, knowledgeable, sincere and honorable individuals I have ever encountered. We especially enjoyed dealing with him during the “foreclosure” days. I know he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

    Our most sincere condolences.

  32. Dear Laura:
    I am so sorry to hear about Wayne and his cancer. Thankfully, as a nurse I am sure you gave him the best any wife could! This is such sad news and I want to send you lots of Hugs and Prayers! Hoping you continue on in the Real Estate business! I just got my Real Estate license and am working for Keller Williams Legacy in Beaver Creek, NC.
    Hugs,
    Caron

  33. For the best skating buddy I ever had! Thank you Laura, for all the “dates” with Wayne on Thursdays at the Ticker Road rink! I will look forward to our next skate, Wayne! Laura and Erin, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  34. So sorry to hear about Wayne, but Laura he’s in a much better place than he was this summer and you did everything anyone could have done to keep him here.
    Get that dog Gal!

  35. Laura ,Erin,……Oh my gosh we didn’t know he had been sick. When I think of Wayne, I first a foremost think about our poodles and the day you guys told me where you got yours…..It was the start of a real friendship….not to mention the good times we had in the dental office. We are both very sorry for not knowing but will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Laura and Erin we are so sorry to hear Wayne. I remember seeing you when I was visiting with Ruth ( in Waterside Village). Prayers are with you.

  37. We will miss you Wayne! Such an easygoing and friendly, helpful person! We will always remember long conversations about houses, your family and life in general. Our sympathy goes to Laura and their family.

  38. Laura and Erin,
    I was very saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was a friend and a pleasure to work with at Kitty Dunes all those years ago. He was always smiling. My most sincere condolences to you during this difficult time.
    Hosea

  39. Wishing you comfort in beautiful memories, strength in love, and peace of heart as you honor your father’s life.

  40. Laura and Erin, I am so sorry for your loss of your dearest friend, husband and father. Passed time only makes it easier to recall the good things like his happiness and drive to provide for his family. A truely good man.

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Wayne J. Strickland

November 21, 2022

Wayne Joseph Strickland of Kitty Hawk, NC passed away on Monday November 21, 2022 after a very tough year of fighting cancer. Wayne was born in Maryland on August 14, 1956 to Joseph and Ruth Strickland. He grew up in District Heights, MD and graduated in 1974 from Bishop McNamara High School. It was during his high school years when he met Laura Lukasewicz, his lifelong partner. They married in October of 1980 and lived for 13 years in Prince Frederick, MD. Their love of the ocean took them on many vacations in the Outer Banks. Wayne knew this was where he wanted to spend his life. So, in 1993, three years after the birth of their daughter, Erin Strickland, the family moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is Kitty Hawk that Wayne referred to as his home!

Wayne always greeted everyone with a sincere smile and a genuine sing song hello! He was an entrepreneur throughout his life and in 2011 he and Laura started their real estate business, Stellar Properties of the Outer Banks. Wayne loved real estate and devoted himself to his work and to the friendships he made with his clients, and peers. He was affectionately known by his colleagues as “The King of Foreclosures.”

Wayne thoroughly enjoyed both water sports and snow skiing! He loved his rock and roll music and would often be heard blasting out his own rendition of Aerosmith tunes. Pepsi and pizza were two of his favorite indulgences, but nothing topped the shrimp happy hour! Wayne will be greatly missed by his wife Laura, his daughter Erin and her partner Zak, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and countless friends and colleagues.

Wayne is predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Joseph Strickland, and his younger brother David. A private celebration of life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Wayne asked that donations be made to the Japan Education Culture Center, Inc (JECC). JESS is a 503c non profit devoted to cultural exchange for youth and adults from the United States and Japan, as well as enhancing the community for all to enjoy. This organization was paramount to his daughter’s ability to train in martial arts all her life and he would like to pay that forward to other students who are in need. Donations can be sent to: 3620 Forrester Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, or via PayPal at jecc.va@gmail.com. Condolences may be shared at gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

Ellen Owens

Laura and Erin, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Sending lots of love and praying for your peace and comfort in the coming days! Ellen

Rachel Bennett and Phil Gwyther

Erin and Laura, We're so sorry to hear about your loss. We're thinking of you and sending love your way.

Stephen and Becky Barnes

Wayne's passing brings such sorrow to our hearts. Wayne will always be remembered as a kind and loving friend. Our hearts go out to Laura and Erin.

Cheryl White

Wayne was a pleasure to work with in real estate transactions over the years. Extending thoughts and prayers to Laura and their daughter.

Pat Watson

Dear Laura and Erin. I was so shocked to see that Wayne had passed. I always enjoyed working with him and you. I cannot imagine what you're going through right now but I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both and your entire family. My deepest condolences to all.

Jennifer Wilson

Laura and Erin, I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was such a wonderful man and he sure loved his girls so much. My condolences to you and all your family and friends. Sending love and prayers for strength, peace, and comfort to you both.

Barbara Gudoski

Laura, Erin and family, I am so sorry for your loss; may the comfort of family and friends, and your fond memories of Wayne, sustain you in your grief in the difficult days ahead.

Misty Gillikin

I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with Wayne! He was a phenomenal broker, very generous with his words of wisdom and just an all around great person. I'm sure he'll be missed by many of us. Hugs and prayers for his family!

Fran Kapinos

Wayne was a pleasure to work with over the years, always willing to help me out. My gratitude and thoughts and prayers are with you, Laura and Erin.

Whitney Hawkins

Our deepest condolences. It was an honor to know and have worked with Wayne over the years. He was a man of great integrity Rest In Peace Wayne. Our love and prayers to Laura and extended family.

Rosemarie and Stephanie

Words cannot express our sorrow. Wayne fought a long hard battle and he will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

anna sadler

Wayne was a pleasure to know and work with. My prayers go out to all his family.

Zia

Laura so sorry, great man.ZZ

Judy Heilman

Laura, I’m so saddened by the news of Wayne’s passing. I enjoyed working with him for so many years. Such a nice guy. Hugs to you & your daughter.

Pamela Smith

Laura, I’m so sorry for your loss. I sat next to Wayne at a few CE classes in the past & always enjoyed talking with him.

Julie Short

Wayne was such a pleasure to work with, always professional, knowledgeable and (most importantly) kind and helpful. Blessings and strength to his family. He will be missed.

Tess Judge

My thoughts and prayers.

Terry Cremia

Wayne was a great guy. I always liked our conversations.Blessings for peace and comfort to Laura and the family.

Susie Sullivan

Sending Wayne's family my most sincere condolences during this time. I enjoyed doing business with Wayne, he was great to work with. So sorry to hear of his passing.

Debbie Price

Oh, Laura. I am so very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was always such a nice man, and I truly enjoyed working with him over the years. There are simply no words. My heart aches for you and Erin. Debbie

Monica Thibodeau

Laura and Erin, I was saddened to hear this news about Wayne. I have always had respect and admiration for him, personally and professionally. He will be missed. My heart is with you and your family. Monica

Rick Drumm

I was shocked to hear this news yesterday from OBAR and even more sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Wayne over the years - he was true blue - honest - and straight forward. My prayers are with you as your mourn his loss.

Linda PASQUA

Dear Laura, Erin, and family. My deepest condolences to your both and your family members. Wayne left his mark on the Outer Banks. Hard working is an understatement to say the least. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. My he Rest In Peace!

Johanna Holcomb

Dear Laura, Erin and Family- I will remember Wayne as the consummate professional, patient, always kind and as steady as the north star. My thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times. Johanna

Pam Robertson

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. He worked with my dad (George Brown) back in the day (early 2000's) at Kitty Hawk Dunes. He was a wonderful friend to my dad. May he RIP & you now have a special guardian angel...May all your memories help with your loss. In comfort & prayers Pam Robertson

Pam Robertson

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. He worked in the early 2000's at Kitty Dunes Realty with my dad, George Brown. I believe that had a mutual friendly respect for each other in/out of the office. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Daniel Evans

Laura, I’m so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Madelyn Bianchi

My sincere condolences to Laura, Erin and family . I’m sure you have many wonderful memories to cherish . ❤️

Lydia and Dennis Williams

Dear Laura and Erin, words cannot express our sadness on Wayne’s passing. You will always cherish the wonderful memories you made together. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Thought and prayers are with you.

The FIGUEROA’s - Beth, Carlos, Jayden, Jordan and Emmalee

We want to send huge Hugs to Laura and Erin! We are thinking of you and praying for you! Mr. Wayne was a great man, so easy to talk to and sarcastic!!!!! He will be fondly remembered!!

June Livesay

My prayers are with you and Erin He was the kindest person you could ever know.

Mindy Boughn

I am so sorry for your loss. He was an extraordinary man. I just adore you two! As I sit here in my home, it was him that let me in the door for the very first time. We exchanged many laughs in the kitchen. I knew this would be my home. Oh dear Laura, I extend all my love to you and your family. May he rest in peace and no more pain ❤

Glenn and Michelle Schneider

Heartbroken. Wayne was a dear soul and I’m so fortunate to have know him over 50 years. God Bless ya Wayne. Dearest sympathy to Laura, Erin, and to Wayne’s extended family. Thank you for all the great memories.

Lucille Mamazza

Laura, so sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers sent your way!

Becky Baggett

Our thoughts are with you and Erin. Robert remembers all the wonderful conversations with Wayne. I remember his kindness and wit and that he always had a big smile. Love to you and Erin. Becky and Robert Baggett

Betty Martin

Laura and Erin, My prayers are with you both at this most difficult time. May the memories of your life together be a comfort.

MIKE AND FRAN DUMAN

Fran and I have had the good fortune to have met Wayne in 2006 and have been involved in multiple purchases. Wayne was one of the most genuine, knowledgeable, sincere and honorable individuals I have ever encountered. We especially enjoyed dealing with him during the "foreclosure" days. I know he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. Our most sincere condolences.

Donna Glagola Gentile

Dearest Laura, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sending love and prayers your way.

Caron Jones

Dear Laura: I am so sorry to hear about Wayne and his cancer. Thankfully, as a nurse I am sure you gave him the best any wife could! This is such sad news and I want to send you lots of Hugs and Prayers! Hoping you continue on in the Real Estate business! I just got my Real Estate license and am working for Keller Williams Legacy in Beaver Creek, NC. Hugs, Caron

Wendy cox

For the best skating buddy I ever had! Thank you Laura, for all the “dates” with Wayne on Thursdays at the Ticker Road rink! I will look forward to our next skate, Wayne! Laura and Erin, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Ron Cox

So sorry to hear about Wayne, but Laura he’s in a much better place than he was this summer and you did everything anyone could have done to keep him here. Get that dog Gal!

Nancey Atkinson&Billy Graham

Laura ,Erin,......Oh my gosh we didn't know he had been sick. When I think of Wayne, I first a foremost think about our poodles and the day you guys told me where you got yours.....It was the start of a real friendship....not to mention the good times we had in the dental office. We are both very sorry for not knowing but will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.

Frances and Charlie McNaughton

Laura and Erin we are so sorry to hear Wayne. I remember seeing you when I was visiting with Ruth ( in Waterside Village). Prayers are with you.

Annette and Jeff Geesin

We will miss you Wayne! Such an easygoing and friendly, helpful person!

Annette and Jeff Geesin

We will miss you Wayne! Such an easygoing and friendly, helpful person! We will always remember long conversations about houses, your family and life in general. Our sympathy goes to Laura and their family.

Hosea Wilson

Laura and Erin, I was very saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. He was a friend and a pleasure to work with at Kitty Dunes all those years ago. He was always smiling. My most sincere condolences to you during this difficult time. Hosea

Pete Stinger

Wishing you comfort in beautiful memories, strength in love, and peace of heart as you honor your father's life.

Mindie

Sending prayers and love, I'm so sorry to hear Laura. God blessings with you all. xoxo

Jack Neighbors

Laura and Erin, I am so sorry for your loss of your dearest friend, husband and father. Passed time only makes it easier to recall the good things like his happiness and drive to provide for his family. A truely good man.

Dennis Hayes

My prayers are that God will give you comfort,peace, and joy in the passing of your father. Dennis Hayes