Jun 21, 1941 – Oct 7, 2017
On January 31, 2017 our family was dealt the terrible news that Wayne Boutiller was diagnosed with lung cancer.
After a valiant 8 month battle we are devastated to announce wayne lost his battle in the early hours of October 7, 2017, with his loving wife, Lavina, by his side.
In his last days in the Cranbrook Hospital, he was continuously surrounded by his family and knew how loved and how special he was.
Wayne was born June 27, 1941 in North Grande Pre, Nova Scotia to Russell and Edith (Robinson) Boutiller. He spent his early years in various locations in and around the Annapolis Valley.
Wayne moved to B.C. in 1957. He spent his first 4 years in B.C. living in various locations in the central interior and in Revelstoke working mostly in sawmills.
In the summer of 1961 Wayne went to visit his Aunt Vera and Uncle Bill in Parson, B.C. and first laid eyes on a pretty young girl who was blowing the field next door with her fathers bulldozer. He promptly told his family members that he was going to marry that pretty young girl. Wayne and Lavina were married in Prince George, B.C. on August 11, 1962. They moved back to the valley in 1963. They lived in a few different places until they settled in June 1963, on the land that they still reside on to this day.
Wayne worked in the forest industry until he retired in 2012. Wayne split his time working in the bush between driving logging truck and operating all the various pieces of logging equipment. Wayne worked long hours doing whatever needed to be done, was reliable, was dependable and was a very hard worker, traits he instilled in both his boys.
Wayne was known to be proficient running any piece of equipment and was well respected by all the other logging truck drivers that he worked with over the years.
Wayne was part owner of a logging company (B&P Logging) as well as owning 2 logging trucks (Waynes Trucking) and also working for other logging contractors in the area including 18 years with O.W. Brasher and 10+ years with Herb Lerch Trucking.
Wayne was an avid outdoors man and his many interests included camping, fishing and hunting. He instilled the love of the outdoors in his two sons. After retirement Wayne was mostly found downstairs working on his many woodworking projects. He fulfilled his long-time dream of driving across Canada one last time to show his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nova Scotia and the east coast. His son, Stephen, joined them for a couple weeks as well.
Wayne is survived by his wife and best friend of 55 years, Lavina, son Stephen and son Russell and daughter-in-law Tina. He also leaves behind his grandson James (Kristy) and great granddaughters Summer and London. Many other family members and friends.
Wayne is predeceased by his parents (Russell and Edith), 3 sisters, Edith, Linda and Shirley, and by his mother-in-law and father-in-law (Ettie and Dave Pedley).
Wayne family would like to thank all the Doctors and staff from the Golden Hospital, especially Dr. Larsen-Soles, Dr. Lowden and his staff from the oncology department, the staff from the surgical wing and the staff from the palliative care wing at the Cranbrook Hospital.