In loving memory of Wayne Melvin Lee, 50, of Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away at home after a courageous and patient battle with cancer with his family at his side.
Wayne leaves behind his wife, Donna; mother, Audrey Swanton; daughters, Tracey (Kyle) and Aimee (Greg); special friend, Sherri (Helseth) Potter; grandchildren, Randi-Rae and Justin Lee; brothers, Brian (Janet) and Doug (Patty Ann); stepbrother, Don (Bev) Swanton; stepsister, Lynn (Jim) Kafes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Gordon; stepfather, Red; brother, Garry; paternal grandparents, Alma and Edward Lee; maternal grandparents, Ethel Mae and Stan Hyatt; niece, Whitney Ann Crowe; and nephew, Freddie Crowe.
Wayne was a graduate of Fort Frances High School. Most of his working years were in Quesnel, B.C. in a variety of mechanical positions from heavy duty equipment mechanics to small engine repairs. The longest period of employment was with E & K Backer Logging Ltd.
His family returned to Fort Frances in 1995, where he immediately found employment with Badiuk Equipment, where he worked until his illness.
Wayne loved the outdoors and had a great respect for nature. He enjoyed gardening at the old homestead in Black Hawk, and took great pride in sharing his harvest with others. He also enjoyed spending a lot of time at the “old house” in Alexandria Bay.
He loved to fish and hunt, and thoroughly took pride in sharing his fishing and hunting stories with his friends. Wayne also loved to snowmobile and was the best advertising Badiuk Equipment could have had. He was a true and blue Skidoo man.
Most of all, Wayne’s great love of all these things were shared with his grandchildren, Randi-Rae and Justin.
Friends visited at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000 from 7-9 p.m.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000 at 10 a.m. at the Couchiching Bingo Hall on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances. Pastor Garth Clifford officiated, with cremation at Riverside Crematorium in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Honourary pallbearers were Ted Beck, Bob Crowe, Nick Mainville Sr., Fred Crowe, Murray Gill, Tom Crowe, Keith Bruyere, Darrell Crowe, Doug Lee, Ray Crowe, and Brian Lee, and nephews Frank Redford, Rob Crowe, Ryan Crowe, Clinton Crowe, Gord Lee, and Nick Mainville Jr.
Donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit, P.O. Box 231, Devlin, Ont., P0W 1C0.