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It is with deep sadness we announce the tragic passing of Wayne Alexander Smith on Friday, August 23, 2019 at the age of 63 years. Wayne leaves behind his heart-broken wife and best friend Bonnie (Oickle). He will be sadly missed by his cherished and adored children Kristine (husband Jeff Savoy), Jason, Scott, Kaylin (Zach Hartin) and step-son Erik Koskela (Kassandra Seetho). He is also survived by siblings Pam (Roland) Lauzon, Pat (Bob) Taylor, Sharon (Wayne) Hood, Randy (Janet) and Dru. Predeceased by parents Al and Mary and brother Ricky. Wayne was also a respected son-in-law, brother-in-law and uncle to the Oickle family. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews, especially the Stradiotto boys and Green children who always held a special place in his heart. Wayne joined the Canadian Armed Forces just before his 18th birthday as a Weapons Technician. His adventurous spirit quickly drew him to a new challenge. Wayne became the 274th Canadian of only 649 elite pararescuemen to graduate to date since 1944. The brave men and women of the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technician occupation parachute and hoist from aircraft bringing medical aid to those in perilous situations. SAR Techs are called to standby across the country 24 hours a day, ready to risk their lives rescuing victims of disaster. After leaving the Air Force Wayne served more than two decades as a police constable, mostly as a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. During his career, Wayne earned many awards and commendations including the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery, the Ontario Medal of Police Bravery, Exemplary Service Medal as well as special recognition from the Mattagami First Nation. Wayne was a generous, humble, relentless crusader at heart, always on a quest for truth, honour and integrity while protecting the rights of others. He was NEVER afraid to stand up for what he believed to be right regardless of what judgement, criticism or persecution he may face. Wayne lived a full, adventurous life. He often told Bonnie that if his time on earth came to an end, he was ready to go knowing he had accomplished and achieved more than he ever could have imagined. He yearned for only one more experience in life – to one day be called Grandpa. Wayne grew up in Windsor, ON with a tight knit group of friends. He shared many cherished memories of “The Shed Gang” and hanging out at the pump house. Hopefully Wayne has already crossed paths with Ron where they will reminisce and laugh in the most joyful and contagious way. Of course Wayne’s beloved Kramer will be snoring at his feet, trying to digest the copious amounts of peanut butter cookies, York peppermint patties and billot logs that Wayne simply could not resist sharing with him. At Wayne’s request there will be no visitation, no service. His wishes were that we all grieve privately in our own way for a short time only, and when ready, gather to celebrate the good times, sharing stories and laughter as Wayne most liked to do. Anyone wishing to attend a celebration of life in Wayne’s honour at a later date, please let Bonnie know. Messages of condolence may be sent to waybonsmith@hotmail.com or mailed to: Mrs. Bonnie Smith 307C-965 O’Neil Drive West Garson, ON P3L 0A5 All who knew Wayne knew of his deep passion for animals of all kinds. Feeding critters was one of his favourite pastimes. In keeping with Wayne’s love, especially for dogs, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to help those in need suffering with PTSD acquire, train and maintain the veterinary health of these loyal friends who provide life saving support and companionship. Donations may be made by accessing the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/wayne-smith-ptsd-dog-support-fundraiser?teamInvite=kLgrqcUHvVruB1Kdx3rTRjws7JwfOIlO3oWxTPA1AMCW2gMRj0Rb9E8XMmnTrlUV or by mailing a cheque (made payable to The Pararescue Association) to: The Pararescue Association Box 3816 Courtenay, BC V9C 1B9 Bonnie would like to extend special thanks to Detective Constable Paul Hywarren, the only police officer to loyally support and defend Wayne through both the good times and the more difficult, challenging times. Thank you also to Dr.Sauve of HSN ICU for his compassionate care during Wayne’s final days. Finally, the most sincere and heartfelt gratitude is extended to the SAR Tech community, some of whom have never met Wayne and Bonnie. In only twelve hours, the SAR brothers and sisters demonstrated more understanding and support than ever experienced during Wayne’s twenty year excruciating battle with PTSD. RESCUE! The ultimate essence of Wayne’s being was about helping people regardless of the toll it may have taken on his personal life. Wayne truly lived by the SAR Tech credo: “That Others May Live”. Sweet Dreams Baby. You earned your wings. May your nightmares forever be silenced.

Condolence Messages

  1. Leann Knoght

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Beautifull tribute Bonn to your soulmate! My heart is broken for you and for Wayne. I hope you find peace in knowing there will be no
    more horrible nightmares for Wayne. Peace and love to you both my friend from kindergarten ❤️💋❤️love you

  2. Leann Knight

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Beautifull tribute Bonn to your soulmate! My heart is broken for you and for Wayne. I hope you find peace in knowing there will be no
    more horrible nightmares for Wayne. Peace and love to you both my friend from kindergarten ❤️💋❤️love you

  3. Bill MacKenzie

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Wayne will be forever missed. Started working with Wayne when he first got on the dive unit with OPP. We crossed paths many times during our police careers.
    My deep sympathies to Bonnie and family.

  4. Dale Lauzon

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Dear Bonnie…
    I was so sorry to hear of the untimely passing of your beloved husband and best friend. Heartfelt condolences go to all who knew and loved Wayne and feel the tremendous loss.
    Love,
    Aunt Dale

  5. Ken and Helen Ryan

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    We send heartfelt condolences to Bonnie and to family members of Wayne . May he Rest In Peace Helen and Ken Ryan

  6. Danny derose

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    My sincere condolences

  7. Chris Lauzon

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    RIP Uncle Wayne. You will be missed. May you be free from all your pain and be at peace.

  8. Tracy Green

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Bonnie,

    We are all deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved husband. He had the most kind spirit for everyone that he came in contact with especially animals. I will never forget the kindness and love he showed the boys, they adored him and thought the world of him. I am truly honored for having such a kindred spirit in my life. I will always have fond memories of our “Great Wayne”

    Tracy Green

  9. Mary and Glenn

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    These are beautiful words spoken of Wayne you are all in our hearts Wayne and Bonnie and family. God bless Wayne’s soul and may he find eternal rest May you rest in peace Wayne. Hugs

  10. Richard Ambrusch

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Sorry for your Loss and my deep condolences to you and your family.

  11. Tania Kohtakangas

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    My heart goes out to Bonnie and all the family and friends who knew Wayne 🙏

  12. Greg and Judy

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    So sorry Bonnie

  13. Lianne Leduc

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Bonnie,
    We are so sudden to hear about your husband Wayne’s passing and so deeply sorry for your loss.
    He was a wonderful man and our thoughts and payers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy and love,
    The Leduc Family

  14. Dan Reaume

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Wayne has been a dear friend of mine since we were about 12 years old. I will always have the memories of all of us hanging out at the shed and goofing around at the pump house and hopping trains. He was just a good person and I will miss him terribly and will never forget him. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you Bonnie and I will always be here for you if you need anything at all. Love your friends Dan and Carol.

  15. Shawn and Vicki Kirkwood

    26 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  16. Judy Hywarren

    27 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful tribute to a man well-loved.

  17. Sam Purpura

    27 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    HI Bonnie.

    My condolences to you.

  18. Scott Oman

    27 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    I am so sorry for your loss Bonnie.

  19. Eric Ross

    28 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Bonnie, I have no doubt that Wayne and Ron are reminiscing together again and quite possibly laughing even hardier than the laugh track which you recorded at Ron’s place when we were all together last. You and Wayne left me with one of the greatest memories that I shall forever cherish.

  20. Cary and Beverly Clement and family

    28 August 2019 4 weeks ago

    Deepest sympathies to you Bonnie and your extended family. Our thoughts are with you during this traumatic and challenging time. Be strong and positive as you move forward in your Journey of life.

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