Wayne Matthew Botelho, 47 of Newport, RI died peacefully in his sleep at Rhode Island Hospital on Wednesday January 25, 2017.

Wayne attended Rogers High School where he played basketball and began his love for the culinary arts. His career as a chef provided him with fond memories of his time in the kitchen and those he worked with at the Quahog Co., Rhumbline, the Double Tree and Blenheim. A Chicago Bears fan and natural comedian, Wayne was a kind generous and fun-loving friend. He above all else loved being a father to his two children.

He was preceded by his father, Walter Botelho and mother, Eleanor Robinson. He is succeeded by his daughter and son, Lily and Ryan Botelho. By his brothers, Steven and Walter Botelho Jr., and his niece and nephew Robin and Steve Jr. Botelho.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 3-6 p.m. at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, RI. Afterwards there will be a celebration in Wayne’s honor at the Hibernian Hall from 6-10 p.m.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).