Wayne was born on the family homestead in Blaeberry, near Golden, BC to Charles and Violet Edlund. He will be forever missed by his loving wife Gail.
Wayne leaves to cherish his memory three sisters: Delores Frederick, Golden; Christina Garrett, Christina Lake and Tammi Moore, Calgary, AB; two brothers Ron Graham, Port Alberni and Ed Coupland, Golden. Wayne also leaves behind a son Rodrick, granddaughter Kayla and grandson Dallas all of Edmonton, AB.
Wayne attended Lady Grey School in Golden, BC and then worked briefly in the logging industry around BC. In 1959 he enlisted in the army with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment and was stationed in Calgary, AB. Following the army, he took vocational training in Nanaimo, BC to become a pipeline welder. Wayne’s work as a professional welder and portable welding contractor for over thirty years took him across Canada, north to the Yukon and Northwest Territories and south to the Caribbean. In 1992, Wayne “retired” to build a ranch in the Sullivan Valley north of Kamloops, along with Gail, and raise Hereford cattle for the next eighteen years. Wayne’s cow herd and the champion bulls he purchased from recognized BC breeders were a source of great pride and joy to him. A faithful cow dog was always at his side to help out.
He enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family and good friends. Wayne’s Swedish heritage was especially important to him. After researching and writing the Edlund family history in 1997, Wayne and Gail traveled to Sweden to meet and get to know family there.
Wayne was one of the best – compassionate, honest and loyal. He worked hard and excelled in meeting any of life’s challenges.
A Celebration of Wayne’s life will be held Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the ranch. Please call Gail for more information.
Many thanks to all who have given us so much love and support over the past year. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Should friends so desire donations may be made to the TB Vets, 1410 Kootenay Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 4R1; phone 1–888–874–5626.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com