OBITUARY

Wayne Powell

15 July, 194425 January, 2021

On Monday, January 25, 2021, at the age of 76, Wayne Powell passed away during a brief stay at Scarborough General Hospital.

Wayne will be remembered by his beloved wife, Susan (nee Kitchen), his children Scott Powell (Kathy), David Franklin (Shelley), Andrew Franklin (Leah), Lisa Teasdale (David) and his grandchildren Sammy, Nate, Quin, Grace, Trenton, and Kaitlyn.

Wayne was the son of the late Gordon & Vida Powell of West Hill and brother to Lynne Westlake, Victor Powell (Cheryl), the late Arlene Lucas (Bob), the late David Powell, and the late Patricia Gildon (Mike).

Wayne proudly served for 28 years as a police officer with the Toronto Police Service before retiring. He enjoyed serving veterans through the Royal Canadian Legion in many capacities. At the time of his passing, he was the Deputy District D Commander of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was also a devoted volunteer with Easter Seals.

Wayne’s hearty laugh, dedication and generosity will be greatly missed by his family, friends and comrades.

A funeral will be held at a later date when family and friends can gather. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Easter Seals Ontario at www.easterseals.org, or to your local Legion Poppy Trust Fund.

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RCL Branch 344 Keates

25 February 2021

On behalf of our Veterans, Executive and Members of "344" we extend our most sincere condolences to Wayne's beloved wife Sue and Family. Wayne was a friend to all. He was always available to lend an ear when called upon. A true Legionnaire and will be missed. He was a dear friend of mine and I will miss our talks and visits. RIP Wayne. Your pain has ended. We'll Meet Again". Mary, President.

Scott Whittemore

17 February 2021

Susan, and all of Wayne's family,

I'm truly very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing.

Wayne, I and many others spent long hours and days at the Timmy Tyke tournament raising money for the Easter Seals, which is where I first met him.

When ever something was needed for the 'goody' bags for the kids, he stepped up, and never disappointed with scrounging items. He was the voice of the tournament. A more dedicated guy you'd never find.

I truly enjoyed spending time with Wayne and listening to his stories, over a rum or 3. Some I'm sure were a little 'exaggerated' hahaha, but, non the less, they were enjoyable and entertaining.

I was lucky to also work briefly with him as well in our chosen professions, before he retired.

Please take care Susan,

Scott


Verna Burness

8 February 2021

My condolences to the family and friends of the Powell family. Wayne was a real gentleman, and true Legionnaire who was dedicated to helping veterans and others in need. I certainly will miss him and our casual family tree chats, May he rest in peace.

Verna

Gordon HORNETT

5 February 2021

I was very saddened to hear of Wayne's passing.
Wayne and I both worked on the Toronto Poice Force and knew many of the same officers and Chiefs.
I recall Wayne telling me that he worked the ETF, where I also put in many years.
We exchanged many police stories.
Wayne, you were a valued member of The Royal Canadian Legion, you will be missed.
God bless you, rest in peace until we meet again.

David Morrison

3 February 2021

Just found out about the passing of Wayne. With branches closed during the pandemic the information highway is terribly slow. Wayne as you know was larger than life, generous to a fault and very dedicated to his various roles as a legion member. I worked with Wayne on the executive at branch 258 and although we had different opinions regarding branch business Wayne also approached arguments with a tactful insight that ended in mutual agreements. I am sorry to see him go.

Joyce Geddes

1 February 2021

I met Wayne through the Legion over 20 years ago he was my Deputy and then took the helm at D5. The one thing we always agreed on was service to our Veterans.
Wayne served the Legion and the veterans well....
He will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege to having him touch there lives.
RIP Wayne thank you for your service as a police officer, your your support to the youth and veterans of our community

Neala Taylor

1 February 2021

Wayne worked on the Police Force during the time that my husband Don did. We met up again when we joined Branch 614 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Wayne was always a happy person and a helpful person to me during my time as Chair of the Board at Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care. He will be missed.

Isabel McAllister

31 January 2021

Loved Wayne's smiling face and friendly hello when we meet up in Legion 614 I will really miss him and his smiling and friendly face. He will be sadly missed.

Sharon McKeown

31 January 2021

Sincere condolences to Sue and Family from Bill and I.
We met Wayne in the Spring of 2009. Bill and I dropped into our Branch in Milton. Wayne was there with Bill Kinnaird, sitting with one of my favourite transferees Comrade Art Petty, forgetting that Comrade Art had transferred from Branch 258, I went over to the table, as Branch President, I made a point of welcoming guests. Before I said anything, Art proceeded to proudly introduce us to his friends. Wayne in his booming voice said 'Bill McKeown, eh? a Bill McKeown was my Sergeant when I was a Rookie on the ETF'. Well, I'd seen Wayne at conventions, but, we'd never talked until then. We exchanged stories for much longer than I'm sure they had planned to spend in Milton, that afternoon.
When a VP. Invited to the Pine Hills Pilgrimage, Wayne picked me up at the hotel in the stretch, insisted I sit in the back. On arrival, he parked in the Veterans Section, opened the door, and as I put my foot down I looked, he'd stopped right at a marker for a George McKeown, it was an 'OMG' moment! His reaction was as he'd planned to stop at that spot, he said, that's why I had to ride in the back! So it was okay to sit up front on the ride back.
Over the years we enjoyed Wayne's company. Sometimes Sue came along. This photo is from the Chinese New Year's Celebration hosted by Branch 614 in 2016.
When we saw Wayne, it didn't matter whether we agreed on Legion matters or anything for that matter, there was always the exchange of big smiles and bear hugs, for Bill, too.
As Everyone, we will miss him, he may be gone, but, NEVER forgotten...Rest in Peace our Friend.

Christine Pugliese

30 January 2021

Many fond memories chatting with Wayne. He will be missed
Lt Pugliese, 1888 Army Cadets

FROM THE FAMILY