Inside, a slide show presented scenes of Earl's life. The photographs, along with memorabilia on display, were compiled by his family members. Guests were offered food and refreshments donated by local businesses. The event lasted well into afternoon hours.
"Wayde was so very active in a lot of community events in town," said McKinney, noting that Earl had served as a village Trustee, town Supervisor, and local judge - a post he held for 17 years. Also, he was an active member or officer of the fire company, veteran's organizations, and service groups like the Lake George Rotary Club.
"He was a leader in the whole community," McKinney said. "He was very outgoing, and he always tried to help others in any way he could."
Wayde Earl was a town supervisor for several years while Denny Galloway was serving as a Lake George town Board member during the 1960s and early 1970s. They were friends from 1946 up through the present.
Galloway recalled Earl's efficiency.
"Under Wayde's supervision, much was accomplished in town matters - the ball never stayed in his lap long," Galloway said. "And because of his outspoken character, one always knew where he stood on an issue."
Tessier said he had known Earl since 1968 when Tessier had arrived in town. A few years after his arrival, Tessier bought two matching Ford LTD's from Earl, who ran the Ford dealership in the village.
"He was a good businessman, and he was always thinking about what was good for the community," he said.
Tessier recalled Earl's enthusiasm for bygone years.
"He was a wealth of knowledge about local history, and he loved to talk about all kinds of things in the area."
Tessier also said he admired the extensive, multi-level train set-up that Earl had created in his basement, The train set and miniature town were quite a joy to dozens of children in the area, Tessier said.