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Born: Jan 12, 1951

Date of Passing: Oct 14, 2023

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January 12, 1951 - October 14, 2023

Jeff’s distinguishing characteristic was his big heart - his kindness and motivation to help others. Attending a walk-in medical clinic at the Pan-Am pool in Winnipeg, Jeff waited the hours from the end of the line to the front. When his turn came, however, he noticed our friend enter with her young son who was ill. Jeff immediately gave his place at the front of the line to two people he felt needed it more than him and went back to the rear of the line to wait again.

Jeff was predeceased by his mother Gwen Bayne (Bennett), his father Jackson Bayne and his stepmother Beryl Bayne (Jones). He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Irene (Barry) and son Adam and grandson Sonny, and son Evan, by his brother Don and sister-in-law Sheila, brother-in-law Kevin, and sister-in-law Liz, by cousins Murray and Ann Abbott and Linda Stinson, and by a large family of nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews who loved Jeff for his goodness and will remember him fondly. He connected with kids.

Jeff was born in Rivers, Manitoba, and, as a member of a Canadian army family, travelled broadly, being schooled in Ottawa, Arlington Virginia, Oakville and Winnipeg.

A graduate of Grant Park High School in Winnipeg, Jeff worked proudly for 41 years for the City of Winnipeg in the Parks ad Recreation Branch and as a Building Servicer. After his retirement as Foreman 1 at Winnipeg City Hall, he was presented by fellow workers with a Winnipeg street sign reading “41 Bayne Way” in affectionate and humorous recognition of his years of service and also his unique way of doing things. The sign stands over the door of the gazebo which Jeff proudly renovated with his friend Tony at the family home in Fort Garry, between the vegetable garden and the garage housing his motorcycle.

Jeff was actively involved in the (Royal) Lifesaving Society of Manitoba (he was, in the 1970’s, director of lifeguards at Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg). For over a decade he did volunteer work with the St. John’s Ambulance. He was a life-long learner, constantly taking courses to improve his skills, earning certificates as a Systems Maintenance Technician and in Occupational Health and Safety. He loved to engage with other human beings in discussing the issues of the day and was a good listener.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the Life Saving Society of Manitoba where a “Jeff Bayne Memorial Award” will be established to provide annual financial assistance to underprivileged applicants who aspire to advanced life saving training.

If you are attending the service, please write a favourite memory of Jeff and bring it with you. If you are reading this online, please enter a memory in the comments.

The family would like to sincerely thank the doctors and staff at the Victoria General Hospital 5 North and at the Riverview Health Centre Palliative Care Unit 3E for the professional, compassionate care Jeff received.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 21, 2023

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I first met Jeff in 1974 at Grand Beach. From then on we had what I would call a close friendship which waned after I moved out of province in 1989. Jeff was a true friend in the truest sense of the word. His friendship was unconditional. He valued me as a total package, good and bad. A sincere welcoming listener he always had thoughtful insightful responses no matter how ludicrous, off course or valid my comments. He was always comfortable company. A gifted instructor he was conversely a lifelong learner committed to self betterment and was an inspirational model. I regret never reconnecting on my return to Winnipeg, the sincerity of my "let's get together sometime" getting lost in life's day to day callings. But I have the gift of the memories of the days of friendship shared with Jeff. A gift hard to surpass and which I can always cherish. Beryl and I offer our sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Blair Peters (Friend) on: Nov 06, 2023

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