Wayne Lima gone at 63

Wayne Lima gone at 63

Wayne Lima

LINCOLN – Wayne Lima, a local icon best known as the frontman of King’s Row, is being remembered for his big personality and knack for succeeding at new ventures. Lima died suddenly last Friday, April 6, from unknown causes. He was 63.

Lima, a native of Cumberland’s Valley Falls neighborhood, was known throughout northern Rhode Island for his business sense and on-air personality.

As a founding member of the oldies band Kings Row, he played gigs around the greater Woonsocket area, making regular appearances at Autumnfest and Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining. He was also an avid guitar collector and played guitar and sang lead vocals for the band.

A graduate of and track star at Cumberland High School, Lima went on to study at Merrimack College before earning his MBA from Bryant University. For 20 years, he served as a political science professor and dean of admissions at Bryant University’s graduate school. He and his wife, Sharon, later opened The Bowler’s Edge, a specialty bowling and sporting goods store in Pawtucket.

Lima also brought his business background to WNRI, where he hosted a regular show called “Business 101” for at least 10 years. He also served as a sports columnist for The Pawtucket Times, an MMA/boxing judge, and was a medalist in the Senior Olympics in the javelin and shot put. He was a member of the Lions Club Cumberland division and was known throughout the region for his humor, passion and community involvement through many hobbies and organizations.

Lima was also a family man and leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Sharon (Wood) Lima, along with a daughter, Stacy.

In lieu of a funeral with calling hours, the family will hold a memorial Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Cumberland this Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery.