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SMITH, Earl “Wayne” Lewis

November 16, 1954 – October 16, 2011

Earl “Wayne” Lewis Smith of Calgary, passed away peacefully at Chinook Hospice on Sunday, October 16, 2011 after a difficult and courageous battle with colon cancer at the age of 56 years.

Wayne was born on November 16, 1954 in Manitoba and spent the early part of his life growing up with his five siblings on the family farm in St. Charles, Manitoba. In his mid-twenties, he moved to Calgary where he lived for the rest of his life. Wayne worked at several jobs in Calgary but found his true calling when he started working as an associate in the photo lab at the Shawnessy Walmart. Evidence of the indelible impression he left may be found in the many co-workers who became loyal friends, as well as the innumerable customers who would recognize and approach him long after he had to stop working due to failing health. His ability to make friends easily was his hallmark. He lived but one short year at the seniors’ residence, Willow Park on the Bow, but made the most of it. There, his new friends admired his cheerful attitude despite facing monumental health challenges.

Wayne will be sadly missed by brothers, Carl (Brenda Winch) Smith and Nelson (Susan) Boychuk of Winnipeg, Daniel Boychuk of Okotoks, Ronald (Suzanne) Boychuk of White Rock, BC; and sister Constance (Douglas) Waddell of Victoria, BC. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. His dear friends will cherish the shared good times and his wonderful sense of humour.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Wayne’s ashes will be laid to rest in the family plot at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Winnipeg at a later date. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. A special thank you is extended to his very close friend, Elaine Dyrda who remained so supportive throughout his illness. The family also wishes to thank the devoted team of Palliative Home Care nurses and caregivers who ministered to Wayne during the last months of his life. Special thanks to Shirley, whose humour matched that of Wayne’s and whose loving care allowed him to remain in his home until a few short weeks before his death.

In living memory of Wayne Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Donna Wachtler :

    Wayne, our lunches and shopping trips will not be the same without you. So many memories, so many great times and so much laughter. I miss you already. I need a dose of Wayne. See ya when I get there and don’t ask me ” what took you so long!!” Your pal Donna

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  2. They say laughter is the best medicine; regretfully I couldn’t give you enough to keep you here or reverse the illness. I miss the morning banters at the table and the comic faces you would reply with.
    God Bless you Wayne for coming into my life and giving a top off of happiness how ever short it was it has left a smiling impression. Forever.

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  3. Wayne, I’m glad I got to see you again! I will miss your laughter and smile!
    Your dear family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  4. Matt Christensen :

    Wayne, your smile was and personality was something that I always looked forward to when I came to work. You and your family will be in prayers. Matt

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  5. Lord Nelson's Bar :

    The staff, customers and management of The lord Nelson’s Bar would like to offer our condolences to Wayne’s family. We all will remember him fondly for his quick wit and hearty smile even though he was ill and had to use a walker to get around.
    May his soul rest in peace…..Amen

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  6. Jackie Swayze :

    So sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. I lost touch with him the last 10 yrs. Thoughts are with you from all of The Swayze’s

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  7. I worked with Wayne at Walmart for 10 years. He quickly latched on to my heart and will be there evermore. He was such card. He reminds me of a toasted marshmallow. Crusty on the outside and all soft and sweat on the inside. Bless you all. Take Care
    I can not attend on Weds. but my prayers, thoughts, tears and laughter will be with you.
    Judi and Sungtae Herman Kim

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  8. What I will remember most about Wayne was his kind nature and big smile. I always enjoyed seeing him when he came to visit Sue and Nelson and the boys at the farm. He was always such a bright light; always happy to pitch in and lend a hand. He loved the farm! I like to believe he is now with his beloved Mom Elsie. I was so impressed at the dedication of his siblings to spend so much time with him. And I know it was a great joy for him and them. I will never forget you Wayne.

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  9. It’s been a year my friend and I think of you alot. I miss our phone calls and our shopping trips. Our lunches with Margaret have been few and far between since you have gone. Like I told you in the hospice ” I love you and miss you” You were my wittiest friend and I had to put up with so much but I wouldn’t have been there if I didn’t like it. Miss you always Donna

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  10. Cassandra Friesen :

    I was thinking about you today Wayne, about all the fun we use to have. I thought I should look you up only to find this heartbreaking news. My condolences to your family. I only knew you for a short time but you’ve left an impact on my life forever. I wish we would have kept in touch when I left, my kids would have adored you as I have. Love you Wayne.

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  11. Donna M Wachtler :

    Thinking of you again are you driving them nuts upstairs? Had my own cancer battle last year I am on a road to recovery and I am thinking you had a hand in that. Miss you your pal Donna

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