Obituary for Wayne Harold Lyle Stone
WAYNE HAROLD LYLE STONE
JUNE 8, 1941 – DECEMBER 20, 2021
Wayne passed away unexpectedly at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Wayne is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 57 years, Barbara (McArthur), his Son Blair and wife Karena, grandson Joshua, grandaughter Kristina of Port Coquiltlam and daughter Brenda and spouse Kerry and granddaughter Sarah of White Rock. Wayne was loved and will be missed by his brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and extended family Wayne was predeceased by his parents Jessie and Wilfred Stone and brother Robert.
Wayne began school in Kimberley before attending vocational School for Carpentry. He was initiated in the Carpenters Local 1719 in 1961 and apprenticed with Kootenay District Council of Carpenters & Woodworkers building houses & Industrial Work. In 1967 he became Business Agent for the Kootenay District and moved his family from Chapman Camp (Kimberley) to Cranbrook. In 1973 Wayne sat on the Advisory Board of the East Kootenay College which later became the College of the Rockies. In 1973 Wayne moved his family to Delta when he became Assistant to the Administrator of the Carpenters Workers Health , Welfare & Pension Plans.
Wayne was active in Co-op Housing which provided many hours of Union jobs. He represented The N.D.P. on the Handicap Guild, was a Director for C U & C Health Services Society (now Pacific Blue Cross). Wayne was also on the Provincial Pension Advisory Board and Wayne ultimately took over the job as the Administrator of Carpenters Health, Welfare & Pension Plans until he retired.
In the Spring of 2000 Wayne and Barbara moved to the Stone family property in the Village of Moyie where he began building their dream home. They moved in just in time to host their children and their families for Christmas that year. Wayne immediately started volunteering for Moyie Community Association (MCA) and became the Chairperson in 2002. This was a Position he was proud to hold for 15 years and he became known as “the Mayor of Moyie”.
Respected by many, his biggest joy in life came from being a dad, a Papa and spending time with friends and family. He loved to help friends and neighbours in big and little ways. He cut the Community grass for 20 years, made hand crafted signs for the town, finishing the interior of the Moyie Museum and looked after many a community property.
Wayne loved to fish, ski, boat and spend a lot of time outdoors (only some of which was spent trying to hide from “Nana” to sneak a Century Sam). A self taught Master Carver, Wayne’s ducks are so detailed and special they are prized by anyone who was lucky enought to be gifted one.
Taking five on the deck overlooking the Lake with a beer and a cigar in hand is how we will remember you best.
We will miss you Wayne, Dad, Papa, Uncle and Friend.
Life just won’t be the same without you to share it with.
Darn Papa !!!
Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Wayne’s life will take place during the summer of 2021.
If friends desire, the family has requested donations be made in lieu of flowers to Ducks Unlimited, c/o Paul Visentin, 1269 Pocha Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 6Y8.