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Laura & family, I am so sorry for the loss of your partner, father & friend. He was a great guy and leaves a wonderful legacy in all of you. You’re in my thoughts & prayers.

Rick Sgandurra

Dwayne, there's do many things l will miss about you your smile and laugh may you rest in peace My Brother!!

Colby Sears

Life will never be the same without you. You were the best dad anyone could ask for. I am so happy you were able to watch Kinlee grow up and play with her. I’m going to miss you so much. I love you dad. Rest easy. I know you will keep a good eye on us.

Clyde Dwayne Sears


Clyde Dwayne Sears, 61, of Yulee, FL. passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 at his home.

Born on Jan 19, 1962 in Ft. Pierce, FL to the late Bernice Strickland & Clyde Sears. Known by most as Dwyane, he grew up in Ft. Pierce before moving to the Jacksonville, FL area and then on to Uncasville, CT where he met his wife of 34 years, Laura Apanaschik. They settled down in Waterford, CT for 28 years before moving to Yulee, FL.

He leaves behind a son, Colby and daughter-in-law, Brittany of Fernandina Beach, FL, parents to his joyful and energetic granddaughter Kinlee; a son, Tyler and his girlfriend, Hannah Keyes of Yulee, FL, all of who he was so very proud of. He also leaves a sister and brother-in-law, Lavon Sears and Don Clavette of Royersford, PA; a sister Ginger Sears of FL and two sisters who preceded him Lilli and Mary. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Rick Sgandurra of Uncasville, CT and Vicki and Gary Apanaschik of Bonita Springs, FL; as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Dwayne worked as a union ironworker for many years in FL, CT, NY, RI, MA, PA, and NC before working for Amtrak as a lineman. For the past 11 years he was a commercial truck driver traveling across the country. He worked for Calamari’s Recycling in CT, Advanced Disposal and Meridian Waste in Yulee, FL and most recently Paper Transport Inc here in FL.

Dwayne was an active member of his neighborhood, always lending a helping hand to those in need. He spent all his time with Laura doing outdoor activities together which included being out on his boat, jet skis or Harley motorcycle. When not riding his Harley on Wednesdays with the “Back Road Crowd”, helping others, doing outdoor activities, cooking on his grill and griddle for friends and family, he loved being with his granddaughter, walking his dogs and peacefully relaxing on his back patio playing air guitar and drums while listening and singing to country music. No matter what the weather was, you’d see him in sunglasses, a pair of shorts and a sleeveless t-shirt.

A funeral service will be held beginning at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 AM.

Rather than flowers, donations can be made to the Nassau County Animal Control, Yulee, FL or the Nassau Humane Society, Fernandina Beach, FL.


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