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Born: Apr 13, 1948

Date of Passing: Apr 23, 2020

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April 13, 1948 – April 23, 2020
"A Big Light Has Gone Out in The World."

After a short illness, the world has lost one of its shining stars. Wayne peacefully passed away with his loving wife Susan by his side.
He will be missed by the many lives he touched. He had a special way of making people smile, giving them a lift, or just making them feel good. That's what made Wayne "Wayne."
A longer notice will follow.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I met Wayne while I was a Board Member of Circle of Hearts Family Support Network, a registered charity that helps families with children with congenital heart defects. Some families had gone to Camp Brereton and enjoyed it so much that we started the Brereton Youth Camp for the 10 to 18 year old kids. It was a HIT! Wayne always came by to see how our group was doing, asking if we needed anything. The camp allowed the kids to meet each other, play together and realize there were more kids out there with their specific heart conditions=they weren't alone! Wayne always wanted the best for us, to ensure the camp's success. It's brought so many stressed families together it was God sent! Thank you Wayne for your overflowing heart and compassion, we all loved you dearly! As past President of Circle of Hearts Family Support Network, I thank you for all you've done for our families. My sincere sympathies goes to his family and friends. He will truly be missed. - Posted by: Annette Massey (Friend and bearer of many gifts of love) on: May 04, 2020

  • Wayne was a man of many qualities. Your outlook on life was amazing and you brought a smile to many children and parents. You made a big impact on our family, you will be missed. - Posted by: marilyn and derek alexander (friend) on: May 03, 2020

  • I first met Wayne in the mid 50's. We were both attending a Salvation Army's Childrens' camp at Sandy Hook (now lost to erosion from Lake Winnipeg). We were both assigned to the same cabin with a dozen other boys for a two week period. I was in the upper bunk and he had the bunk below me. We became good friends that year and I was happy to see him there the next year as well. Wayne was well liked by all and had a great sense of humour and kept everyone laughing. Our paths crossed 4 or 5 times over the next 60+ years and we had instant recognition of each other. My sincere condolences to the Family and he will be missed by all who knew him. Jim Campbell - Posted by: Ron (Jim) Campbell (Old Friend) on: May 02, 2020

  • Wayne was a one of a kind person. With both of us being from Elmwood the connection was already there. Wayne and my son Derek who has CP began a relationship through Variety which was still strong up to this time. He was instrumental with our first wheelchair accessible van as well as many other specialty items. Derek was a part in many of their Galas as well. Once Derek had “aged out” of Variety their attachment did not. Regular lunches out at the Half Moon and steady drop ins and phone calls made the day for our son. Wayne brightened Derek’s life every time he called or came by. He was an inspiration to every one he came in contact with and we will all miss him dearly. We send all our thoughts and prayers to Sue and family. They were a fantastic couple and we send you all our love. Keith, Sandy, Derek & Trent McLennan - Posted by: Keith McLennan (Good friend) on: May 02, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy to Susan and family! Wayne was a great friend and always a bright light on a dark day. He was always the most positive person I knew. Years ago when faced with throat cancer and not being able to talk as much, he joked that people would be happy cause they thought he always talked too long. I miss hearing that voice now and know he will continue sharing all his wonderful stories with Elvis. Xoxo - Posted by: Marnie Strath (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2020

  • Deeply saddened to hear the passing of Wayne. He was "Mr. Variety" in Winnipeg! One of the nicest people you could ever meet. Always had the biggest smile. Such a lovely, lovely man. A real Mensch. My deepest condolences to you Susan and your family. May his name be for a blessing. - Posted by: Kenny (Boyce) on: Apr 28, 2020

  • Susan, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. May you know that his presence in all walks of his life that he touched the lives of many and was a man who made a difference! From our first meeting when Pat turned over the CGIT camp at Brereton Lake to the Variety Club, I will always remember his exuberance and gratefulness. I think at first he didn't believe what was happening and he immediately called all the staff into the office to explain the gift. He was a man who did a lot for many and he will be greatly missed by those many friends, business associates and beyond. You are in my Prayers Susan. Blessings Mel - Posted by: Mel Finlayson (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Wayne had a great big heart and great memory. He was a great community leader. He never met someone twice and did not remember their name. I will miss him. David Kron; Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Manitoba. - Posted by: David Kron (Friend ) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We first met Wayne through Variety Children's Charity and stayed friends for several years. Although we only saw each other sporadically , we have always felt Wayne was an extremely caring , and positive human being. He did really brighten up a room with his contagious energy and desire to pass hope and smiles along to others. Wayne was a Gold Heart guy and a very special person. We are so saddened by this news and our hearts go out to Susan , his incredible wife, beautiful inside and out, and to his family. We will remember Wayne with Love. Our heartfelt condolences Earl and Cheryl Barish - Posted by: Earl and Cheryl Barish (Friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Our most sincere condolences to Susan and Family. Wayne was a joy to run into - and he seemed to be everywhere. He always remembered you and was genuinely interested in what you had to say. A tie I admired years ago showed up in the mailbox sometime later and I still wear it. It's as timeless as Wayne himself. Will miss you Sir. - Posted by: Jim Walker Ben Nagy (Friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We’ll miss you Wayne. From our nights with Wayne Walker (& Ray and Jocelyn) when we first met in 1970 to all of our adventures - from our first camping/fishing trip, to BBQing 36 hot dogs for 4 people at Bird’s Hill, to ‘rocking the rapids’ in our rubber dingy! Our many trips together are our fondest memories, our Phoenix trips, and St Lucia was a high lite for sure (your kindness and help in Puerto Vallarta) to the hurricane evacuation in Cabo SanLucas. Through the days of ‘Mr. Orbison’ ‘Mr Orbison’ and the many, many laugh-filled nights - who can forget Davy Bold’s “A Bold Knight’s Out?” Wayne, you knew every line! We always said there was no Act Two and yet you found one with Variety. With our condolences to Sue, now you have a new audience for all your wonderful stories and our Elvis memories. With our love. Colleen and Vince - Posted by: Vince and Colleen Hanson (friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to you Susan on the loss of your beloved husband Wayne. I was just shocked when my brother Ken phoned me and told me the sad news. It was so nice to have a lovely visit with you and Wayne the night I went down to see you. - Posted by: Joan Porteous (My mom and Wayne were second cousins) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Wayne was my boss at Variety, the Children's Charity, and also my friend. He was wonderful to work for, very appreciative of his staff. It was a pleasure to see his genuine affection for the families, and his love of the children helped by Variety - and they loved him. He had a terrific sense of humour, and a high degree of tolerance for my occasional scolding; he would call me into his office to find some "missing" document, which I would locate by the simple method of moving a single sheet of paper that had somehow landed on top of it. Wayne knew everyone, and could always find someone who could provide a little extra financial assistance for a child's special need, or in-kind and prize donors, or event sponsors. He was a great storyteller, and a warm and expressive speaker - although I would occasionally scold him again when he developed a fondness for one particular adjective like "extraordinary" or "amazing" as he gave a speech at our special events, dropping it into his remarks a couple of dozen times. After I retired he kept in touch, and he had called me very recently, saying he'd come to visit when the policies of social distancing had been lifted. I will miss him, and I extend my deepest sympathy to Susan and the rest of his family. - Posted by: Jeanie Dubberley (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • A true gentleman and stand up guy. Would help a friend out in heart beat. Will miss the visits to our office and the travel stories. Our deepest condolences Susan. - Posted by: Matt and Rosa de la Lande (Friend ) on: Apr 25, 2020

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