Wayne Isaac Lee (Shakur Al-Amin), 60, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 24, 1958 in Neptune, New Jersey.
Wayne attended public school in the Neptune Township School District and worked various positions in the hospitality industry. Wayne loved life to the fullest. He was always sharp. He matched from head to toe; whether wearing sportswear or his Sunday best. He was also an avid reader of law, black history and human right books. Wayne leaves behind an extensive library of books, covering a variety of topics and biographies. He loved all kinds of music, especially gospel, old school and R&B, and could often be heard belting out a tune or humming to a beat streaming from his cell phone.
Wayne relocated from New Jersey to Rhode Island in 2011. He joined Ebenezer Baptist Church and was baptized in October 2013. He worked with DARE as an organizer and lobbyist. Wayne was a warrior for justice and would go the extra mile for a friend or loved one. He testified before the Rhode Island House of Representatives judiciary committee for the” Ban the Box” legislation. He also served on DARE’s “Beyond the Walls” committee to help reform prisoner’s rights, policy and re-entry programs. He had a dream of starting his own program for juvenile offenders. Wayne left indelible impression on all who met him. He will always be remembered for his boyish grin, delightful charm and great sense of humor. Family meant the world to Wayne. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Wayne was the son of the late Rufus Isaac Lee and Geraldine Frances (Dona) Lee. He was preceded in his death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. John & Elnora Dona and aunt & uncle Carl & Elger Elliott. Besides his mother, Wayne is survived by his brother Mr. Donald Lee and wife Shelley of Stafford Virginia, his sister Mrs. Ardena Lee-Fleming and husband Wilbert, and a special cousin Ms. Leslie A. Dona and her daughter Miss Savannah Lacey of Burlington, New Jersey. He is also survived by his aunt Mrs. Carolyn Willis and her husband George of Lawnside, New Jersey, and cousin Mrs. Deborah Wharton and her husband Billy, and cousins Ms. Kimberly Garvin, Syndi Durity, Saadiq Wicks of Voorhees, New Jersey. Wayne was also a loving Uncle to Ashley Lee, Darien Watson, Jr., Darius Lee, Nigel Fleming and Evan Fleming. He will be missed by all.