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STEPHENSON, Wayne Andrew

July 18, 1930 – Davidson, Saskatchewan
September 15, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Wayne Stephenson passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

On July 18, 1930, Wayne Andrew Stephenson surprised his parents Richard Pease & Elizabeth Mai, along with nine siblings whom he adored, in Davidson, Saskatchewan. His wit, wisdom, imagination, energy and friendship spanned over years as an avid Sports Hall of Famer – hockey, baseball and golf. Wayne was an active realtor for 60 years, proud Lions member, and enjoyed serving his beloved community of Bearspaw and was a founder of the Bearspaw Country Club. He conducted his life with humour, generosity, integrity and was a favourite uncle, grandpa, brother, father and friend.

Wayne leaves behind his wife Darlene of forty-eight years, children, Roberta, Douglas and Melody, Andrew and Murray, and Sheri; four grandchildren, Laura and Jacob, Devin, Akayla (Nathan), Brady and Carson; and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Otto. Wayne is survived by his sister Ruth Fleming of Camrose, AB.

A Memorial Service will be held at Bearspaw Country Club (61 Hamilton Dr – Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Adult Day Program at Bowview Manor, 4628 Montgomery Boulevard NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 0K7 Telephone: 403-286-6166 or to Hospice Calgary, 1245 – 70th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8, Telephone: (403) 263-4525, www.hospicecalgary.com.

“See you in the play-offs”
-Wimpy

In living memory of Wayne Stephenson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Our deepest condolences to Dar, Sheri & family at this very sad time. A life well lived. Rest In Peace, Wayne.
    Sincerely,
    Jamie & Marianne Langford
    Russell, Mb.

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  2. Francesca Fraraccio :

    I only met the man once but I know my son Jordan loved him very much. He was quite the man and I loved to hear Sheri talk about him often
    To the whole Stephenson family I M so sorry for your terrible loss. He is z man who will be greatly missed by friends colleagues and especially family.

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  3. Dear Dar, family & extended family, Shirley & I send our sincere condolences on the passing of Wayne. We had the pleasure of being a friend of Wayne & your’s Dar for a few short years and enjoyed your company very much. Wayne’s eyes sparkled the day he showed me his Golden shovel. I enjoyed our short conversation walking to the mailbox and introducing Wayne to who we would meet along the way. God speed & RIP Wayne. Henry & Shirley

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  4. I cannot remember a holiday or family occasion without Uncle Wayne there with a smile, a joke and an after dinner walk. I am deeply saddened by losing a wonderful Uncle and am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and sending comforting hugs. I know I cannot make your pain go away, but am here if you need anything at all. Love you all!

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  5. Paulette Fleming :

    To the family of Uncle Wayne, our sincere condolences. We will miss his lively conversation and his fresh jokes that he always had. Lots of prayers and good thoughts going to all of you from Paulette and all her family.

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  6. Louise and I offer our condolences on your loss. Wayne was a dedicated professional who contributed a great deal to the real estate industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Jim and Judy Russell :

    Dear Darlene and family,
    So sorry to hear this sad news. We have many fond memories and will truly miss Wayne
    Take care
    Jim and Judy Russell

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  8. Wendy Baxter (Storvold) :

    I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Wayne’s passing. He was always so cheerful, happy and wonderful to talk to every time I spoke to him .. My prayers and thoughts are with the family members. He will be deeply missed.

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  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Alan Tennant, CEO on behalf of CREB board of directors, members, and staff.
    A donation to the CREB Charitable Foundation will be made on their behalf.

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  10. Darlene and family,

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Wayne. I knew him both through the Bearspaw Lions Club and the Bearspaw Golf and Country Club. When he was an active Lions member, for many years he graciously called all the widows of former Lion’s members including my mom inviting them to all the social events. His kindness and thoughtfulness was deeply appreciated. Although we were both members of the BLC for the past 5 years, he was no longer an active member and we did not cross paths.

    I wish I could say I knew him because I was a member of the BGCC, but my connection was far more humble. Back in 1980-81 when the BGCC was being built and I was a teenager, Wayne hired me as a member of the grounds crew. For the first few months I had the detestable job of picking rocks, but fortunately I was promoted to repairing sprinkler heads, and later night security. I always enjoyed Wayne’s cheerful attitude and easy going demeanor.

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  11. Dear Darlene and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was a wonderful man and just thinking about him and his constant jokes and enjoyment of life brings a smile to my face. It was a privilege to know him and he will be missed.
    Hugs,
    Lesley

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  12. My condolences to the family. Wayne was always someone who was easy to chat with and always wanting to spread his wealth of information. That, for me, was very appreciated. Real estate is how I knew Wayne the best, plus his welcoming smile . His journey in life was special to all who were around him and knew him .

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  13. Wayne always loomed a bit larger than life for me in the world of real estate, I enjoyed knowing him immensely. A bit of humour, outstanding ethics and great stories – he’ll be missed.

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  14. Wayne is certainly one of those I’ll always remember. A fun guy and certainly one of the more creative. My condolences to all his family.

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  15. Dear Dar, Sheri, Bobbi, Andy and Doug
    So very sorry for the loss of your husband & father. Wayne was a very gifted man and it was a pleasure to have worked for him for many years. He has left his legacy as a dynamite realtor. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Bea Dolphin

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  16. Ralph and Liz Spanier :

    Dear Darlene, Roberta, Douglas, Andrew and Sheri,

    Liz and I are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Wayne. Without a doubt Wayne was one of the greatest visionaries of our time. His vision of transforming marginal farm land into vibrant residential communities and for building a world-class golf course which put the Bearspaw District into having one of the finest golf courses in the world is truly a legacy of which you all can be proud.

    Although I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing Wayne frequently, the times that we did get together were always extremely pleasurable and I shall recall those times fondly for the rest of my life. What our visits lacked in quantity was more than made up with the quality of those visits.

    Not only will Wayne will be deeply missed by you, his family, but by everyone who had the pleasure to know him.

    Please accept our sincerest condolences and carry your fond memories of Wayne with you for the rest of your lives.

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  17. Janice Williams :

    It was a very sad moment to read in the paper of Wayne’s passing. The world was a much better place with him in it. He was a true character with a great sense of humor and a big big heart. I have such wonderful memories of working with him and of all the social functions we attended with him and Dar. I admired him for his positive outlook on life, his resilience to adversities, his spontaneous nature and most of all for never hearing him say a bad word about anyone. My condolences to all the family. He will be greatly missed.

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  18. Darlene, I am sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing he was such an inspiring and positive person who’s mind was always in motion. If things were a bit slow in sales he would just get dressed up and get going! I loved his whistle!

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  19. Robert G. ( Bob) Lyon :

    Goodby Wayne; Wish I could have come but getting from the Island was very tough with short notice so will use this to express my sorrow. No one on this earth did I enjoy as much over these 75 years. It all dates back to going to School in Roretown Sask. We played Baseball and hockey together and enjoyed the odd Beer after the game. You were the most innovative person I ever knew and envied your ability to succeed. All the way from building a Golf course to running very successful residential projects. I offer My deep sorrow to all so close to you. Bob Lyon Parksville Vancouver Island.

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  20. Bob and Marleen Butchart :

    Wayne made the world a better place, we will always remember those smiling eyes and
    his keen sense of humor.Our sincere condolences to the Stephenson family.
    Bob and Marleen Butchart, Victoria

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  21. Our thoughts are with you Darlene and Family. Wayne was a great guy and special friend, so many good times and memories. He will be missed.

    Adolf & Hazel Knopp

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  22. Our office had the pleasure of Wayne’s company for the last few years of his Real Estate Career. Wayne brought a lot of humour and great stories to our meetings. He was also a very kind man and extremely knowledgeable in the world of Real Estate. He took time to pass that knowledge to others and help them in their careers. I am so glad that we got the opportunity to know Wayne and spend time with him. Truly a great man and we miss him.

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  23. Sandy Negropontes :

    Dear Darlene,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was a good friend and fine fishing camp host. We had the most memorable times at the La Ronge cabin. His upbeat personality and great humor kept us all in the “right” frame of mind. He was one of the good guys.

    Sandy

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  24. Terry Stephenson :

    In memory of my Dear Uncle Wayne;

    When Sheri texted me and asked me if I wanted to say a few words about her Dad, I texted her back right a way and said I would be honored, but added, how is it possible to just to say a few words about such a man.

    A man who lived more in one life time than most people would live in two. A guy who never seem to run out of ideas, jokes, energy and thinking everyday should be extended until 2:00am. (frequently listening to a blues band at the King Eddy)
    I know this first hand, as there was more than one occasion I was the designated nephew SLASH driver.

    Owning a nice car was not a high priority for me when I was young, as I drove just about every vehicle Wayne ever owned from the time I was 20 on. And boy did he have some nice cars, trucks, motor home, Olds Toronado, even a red Mercedes 2 seater sports car convertible. I borrowed that car a few times for special occasions.
    If a different truck showed up at the office and I asked him what happened to the last one, having for only a month prior,..he said, “ahhhh…. it was dirty so I traded it in”…….then he’d laugh like only he could, usually followed by his signature whistle…….and the patented YOWSER.

    There wasn’t much he couldn’t do once he put his mind to it, although he was the definition of a VISIONARY, you couldn’t count on him to fix anything mechanical, in fact anything that needed fixing, his number one go to guy was my DAD. My Dad could usually fix anything Wayne backed into, ripped off or drove through. In the winter months, Wayne had a habit of ending up in the ditch usually near his house or even in his own driveway.
    Almost weekly, DAD had a story about Wayne and what he had to fix that week. My Dad was usually in tears telling me what happened. He would always end the story saying “what a guy”.
    They relied on each other……they were inseparable.

    Their bond with each other was true to form when we all went to Holland and Wayne saw another side of my Dad and the pain he’d endured where his Bomber squadron was laid to rest during the War. Although he heard many of the stories from Dad or myself from our previous trips, it was still something he wasn’t prepared for. I felt so blessed to be there with the two most important men in my life. It was a special time for all of us.
    Of all the times we returned to Holland, up to the time we took my Father’s ashes back for the last time to be joined with his crew, I will never forget that trip with Dad and Wayne. WE WERE FAMILY.

    I remember when Wayne asked me to work for him in Real Estate. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was just after he invited me for lunch just down the street from his office on 16th Ave. I loved going for lunch with him……he always paid.

    I was in my mid 20’s and was in need of an excuse to quit the oil rig I was working on just north of Morley.
    I remember being so exited…… I was finally going to be rich and second I was going to work with my Uncle.

    The excitement soon died when Wayne gave me a office, desk, a phone and that dreaded “phone book”. He said, here start phoning people out of the white pages and ask them if they want to sell their house. I soon found out what the meaning of rejection was. After going through 4 months without a sale, every year after that during Stampede week, facing rejection never bothered me. My first sale I made $437.00. I don’t think Wayne ever took any portion of it, my guess, he probably felt sorry for me.

    The Road Trip…… and there were many. One took place when Darlene’s Father’s Lincoln was stolen and the RCMP found it in Vancouver. Without hesitation or much thought, Wayne figured out that this called for a road trip. With Darlene’s brother (Donny), Doug, Wayne and myself, we were quickly on a plane for Vancouver as Wayne in his wisdom, figured out that we would need all four guys to bring this car back.
    After retrieving the car in Vancouver, again using no common sense to what was going to happen next, we concluded the best and shortest way to get back to Calgary was through Seattle. As they say, you can always justify stupidity.

    The first night we spent in Seattle, Donny and Doug did the right thing and went to bed early as the plan was, come morning we were off to Coeur d’ Alene. Well Wayne found out there was a piano bar at the Edgewater Inn and so away him and I went. He loved the piano, and a piano bar was a bonus…..well……..you guessed it, we closed it down……
    Morning came early and we got away later than anticipated …..around noon I believe. Drove over Stephen’s Pass (I remember there was a lot of snow, we rolled into Coeur d’Alene around 11 that night…. two flat tires to boot. I remember leaving the car at the service station to get new tires and Wayne asked where we could eat. We were directed to the establishment across the street and so away we went. Well turns out this was no restaurant, Wayne and Donny recognizing that the night was just about to start, Doug and I (with Doug being slightly under aged at 15) were quickly shuffled in the door behind are leaders with Wayne and Donny occupying the bouncer with finesse and/or money, in either case……as Wayne would say.”we got Dandy seats”…..need it be said, we closed that place down too.
    That Road trip…… 5 days..

    We had so many laughs over the years. He introduced me to so many great guys of which some are here today. I want to thank you for being his friends and accepting me in your company as…Wayne’s nephew. I also want to also thank those men that took the time to meet him for a coffee or a beer during the last year or so while he was still living at home. Jack Shave, Vern Nelson, Earl Scheuer to name a few, I thank you so much for being there for him. And although we lost Earl Scheuer earlier this year, Earl was a long time and dear friend of Wayne’s.

    Wayne showed me that listening, respecting and helping people is a good thing. He always found time to say hello to everyone that came across his path and his passion for Golf was just another way to meet up and spend time with his guy friends.

    There wasn’t many meetings he didn’t take me to, and by doing so, I was able to observed his unique style, his sense of humour and rapport he had with people plus I was always willing to tag along, if nothing else to get away from “cold calling” total strangers.

    When he introduced me to his hockey buddies, although I was 15 plus years younger than most, I was soon invited to play on both the Calgary and Bearspaw Old timers Hockey teams. I could see that the camaraderie with these guys was so important to Wayne. He loved hanging out with his friends.
    Hockey Road trips to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Caroline, Olds were something else I wasn’t prepared for. I soon found out, half the fun was the bus ride going there and the other half was on the bus….coming back. The actual hockey games played for most guys only took away time needed to consume more beer. It was a true brotherhood, it was important for every guy on that bus to be there with each other……it was a wonderful time in my life, memories I’m sure will never be duplicated again.

    My only regret is that I never told him how much he helped me in my life. He saw more in me than I saw in myself and for that I will be forever grateful. I hope he knew how much I cared about him. I loved this man, He was My HERO, he was my UNCLE WAYNE.
    Terry S

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