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Born: Apr 21, 1945

Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2022

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April 21, 1945 – October 6, 2022

Dad passed away peacefully on October 6, 2022. He will be missed by his wife Deanna (Potter), and his children Gord (Leyla), Andrew (Alysha) and Matthew; his grandchildren Toma, Lucy, Henry and Abigail. He will also be missed by his sister Gail St. Germain of Ottawa, special friends Graham and Marie Lane, as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends. Dad was predeceased by his parents (David) Arthur and (Mary) Rita Buck of Ottawa.
Dad was born and grew up in Ottawa and told many stories of his extended family, friends and times spent out at the family cottage on Buckham's Bay. He brought his love of summer, cottaging, camping, and boating to his family and enjoyed spending time out at Big Whiteshell Lake and Lac du Bonnet. Dad was a lifelong water skier and was proud to be slaloming into his seventies.
Dad's employment brought him to Winnipeg in 1976 and shortly after he met Mom, and they married in 1978. Dad loved being a husband and father (and dog dad), and eventually a grandfather. We always appreciated Dad's love, support, humour and advice he gave us, even if we didn't always appreciate it in the moment.
Dad became a Chartered Accountant and spent most of his career working for the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba in Research and Planning, as well as Policy Analysis and Development. Dad had said his time spent at WCB was one of the most satisfying careers he had, and it was evident how many people appreciated him when he retired in 2005.
Dad and Mom enjoyed retirement with many driving trips around Canada and the United States and traveled to Thailand to visit their son working there.
Dad loved watching hockey, following the Jets and the Canadiens (but never the Leafs), as well as the CFL, cheering for the Bombers, and passing his love and passion to his children. Dad also loved curling and watching curling and enjoyed being on a curling team with his sons.
Giving back was important to Dad, and he volunteered his time to many activities, including numerous parent teacher associations and the United Way of Winnipeg.
He had a lifelong love of learning and passed his love of books on to his sons. Dad's sense of humour was a big part of his personality and that, along with his keen wit, was also enjoyed by all.
Family was a central pillar of Dad's life. He helped support Mom's successful pursuit of a University degree and a new career, sharing his organizational and analytical skills (helpful) as well as assisting with cooking where needed (perhaps less so, but still appreciated).
Dad was so proud to become a grandfather and enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren, and sharing his experience being a Dad with his sons.
Cremation will take place and a celebration of life is planned for a date to be determined in Summer 2023. Donations can be made to the United Way of Winnipeg or a charity of your choice. Dad had a broad support network and the family sends our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make his last few years as comfortable as possible.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I was shocked and saddened to find out that Wayne had passed so quickly. Growing up Wayne was more like a brother to me than a cousin. We spent our childhood years having fun together at Buckhams Bay during the summer and many wonderful summer vacations. And of course not to mention all those Christmas Thanksgiving and New Year’s dinners our families shared together. Wayne will be missed by many people. I am saddened that I will never get to see him again. - Posted by: Graham Buck (First Cousin ) on: Oct 15, 2022

  • Deanna, Gord, Andrew and Matthew, we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. Shawn and Monique - Posted by: Monique Saindon-Syring (Lake friend) on: Oct 15, 2022

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