Walter Wayne

On May 27th, 2021, his 76th birthday, Wayne McTavish of Edmonton, Alberta passed away peacefully surrounded by his high school sweetheart & loving wife, Bonnie, of 54 years and his two girls, Susan (Michael) and Stacey (Guy).  He was Grandpa to Alex (15), Emily (14), Jack (13) and Samantha (10).

Wayne was born in 1945 to William (Bill) & Flora McTavish (nee Shaw) in Calgary, Alberta.  He is predeceased by his parents, & beloved big brother Donald (Don) McTavish (Margaret).  He will be lovingly missed by many friends & family members, including his cousin Bruce McKinley; brothers-in-law Jerald (Jerry) Petherbridge, David Beecroft; Sister-in-laws, Lynne Petherbridge, Nelda Beecroft & Margaret Nelson, plus many nieces & nephews.

After leaving high school a couple years too early, Wayne found his calling and became a machinist apprentice.  Four years (and two kids) later he completed his Red Seal Journeyman and was with Stelco Steel for the next 25 years.

Wayne will be remembered most for his immense love for his family and his warm, funny & friendly (to EVERYONE) personality.  He was a man who would help anyone at a moment’s notice.

The family is grateful to the phenomenally caring nurses and doctors of Unit 43 Palliative Care at the Grey Nuns Hospital, especially nurse “Biddy”, who provided exceptional care and showed love to Wayne during the last weeks of his life.

At his request no service will be held.  Wayne is too busy riding his Honda Shadow, trying to get lost.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the Palliative Care Unit 43 at the Grey Nuns Hospital or a charity of one’s choice.

In Loving Memory of Walter

So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Hopefully all the good memories will be of comfort to you Bonnie and the girls.

– Linda Jackson

Hello Bonnie

It has been many many years since I used to see Wayne at Bill and Flo’s house.  As a not even teenager, Wayne was the role model along with Bill that I followed like a puppy.  Wayne always had time for me those many many years ago.  He gave me a number of model cars after he built the model.

I had the fortune to say hello to you a few years ago at the retina clinic.  I also had the great fortune to teach Susan at Percy Page.  So important we’re the connections between Bill and Flo and my mom and dad.  Then when  was a little guy, it was Wayne and the kids ten years younger.  My life was made better by knowing the McTavish clan.

Please give Susan a hug and let her know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

– Wayne Krull

It was truly an honour to get to know Wayne and you all! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey – I know how much he loved you  and how much love you shared. You are all so truest amazing. I will always keep you in my heart and I hope our paths cross again ( maybe for those tacos hehe)

– Biddy

1 Comment

  1. Steve Golberg

    I am saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing – it sure was privileged to know him. A tremendous human, a generous and patient teacher, and a captivating storyteller. I learned a lot from him, both at work and in life. I am forever in debt to him for always going above and beyond. Never without a smile and always full of cheer. He is missed.


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