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October 27, 2023
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Wayne Jeffrey Bingham was born January 23, 1952, in Waltham, Massachusetts to the late Lafeyette and Hazel (Owens) Bingham.
Affectionately known as “Wink”, Wayne was educated in the Cambridge Public School System, attending the Russell Elementary School and Rindge Technical High School (class of 1969), where he wrote for the Rindge Register and ran cross-country all four years. During his freshman year, he was the only African American to play ice hockey. Wayne entered Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was mentored by Richard Mullins another Rindge Tech Warrior. He was a three-year captain of the cross-country team and also represented the school in pole vaulting. Upon graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor’s in Science and Mathematics, he entered Union College in Schenectady, NY working toward his Master’s degree. His professional career spanned 40+ years in the financial industry as a Systems Analyst working for Fidelity Investments, Brown Brothers Harriman, and Bay Bank among others.
Wayne’s joy was sports, any and all, but his passion was running. He was early member of the Cambridge Sports Union Club, ran 6 Boston Marathons – including the 100th Anniversary – with a personal best time of 2 hours 54 minutes. He thought nothing of averaging 100 miles a week.
The legacy and proudest part of Wayne’s life is his children, Lindsey, Keith, Drew, and Jessica, his cherished and adored grandchildren, Kendall, Kameron, and Kylie, who called him “Papa”, and the sun in his sky, Elaine. Wayne leaves in his passing his siblings, Virginia, Thomas, Elizabeth, Neil, and Tracy. His lifelong brothers and childhood friends, Alfred “Teeper” Steverson and Melvin Downes, who stayed by his side until he was called home. He was predeceased by his brother, Lafayette Jr.
“He won his final race and has cross the finish line.” – Elaine, Always and Forever