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Wayne Alexander George

May 18, 1942January 28, 2021

With heavy hearts, the family of Wayne Alexander George, age 78, wish to announce his passing on January 28, 2021. Wayne fought a lengthy battle with diabetes but did so with a determination to continue his best life any way he could. For those closest to him, it was difficult to watch what this disease would take; but Wayne would often say “I’m doing alright” or “I’m doing ok.” He did better than us. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman regardless of the season. Despite his leg amputation, he made sure he found his way into a boat or onto a skidoo and off he went; doing what he loved the most. He loved his home at the lake; the rock and flower garden Bev made were always something he liked to show off. He spent many summer nights sleeping in his porch and loved to see the sun rise or set. There wasn’t a grandkid that didn’t share a ride or the wheel in Gramps' golf cart; it never sat idle with them around. The lake was where he was happiest. He loved his dogs and they loved him too. His home was open to many (whether he wanted them or not); Denny, Trigger, Bill and Molly to name a few. His dog “Sara Belle” has been with him for the last nine years; a dog that he and Bev both loved. A few weeks before Wayne passed, Sara was diagnosed with cancer and her health deteriorated quickly. There is some comfort in knowing she will be there waiting for Wayne and welcoming him home. Throughout his life, Wayne worked many jobs. His early years were spent on the lakes; he was a guide, a cookee and a dockhand for Spawn Inlet Lodge and he worked on a houseboat known as “the Executive.” He went on to work at Crilly Dam and if you had asked him; he and his partner, Gib Tucker were the best pulp wood cutters with a chainsaw that Boise Cascade ever had. In 1979, Wayne bought his first grader and formed Wayne George Grading Ltd. The Cedar Narrows Hotel was known to many for hunting and fishing adventures. It was a place everyone knew they could stop by; his hospitality to all those who came was second to none. Cedar Narrows Camp was his home away from home; a place he worked and lived alongside his son, Larry and his brother John. Wayne retired when he was 65 but he was always around and willing to help. During the last few years, Wayne could always be seen riding around on his scooter, stopping to visit and chat with family and friends. He was always social and always smiling. Wayne's children and grandchildren were very special and loved by him; he was known to his grandkids as “Gramps” and they loved him very much. He is survived by his daughter Shelly (Brad); his grandchildren Carter and Jaymee; his son Larry (Michelle); his grandchildren Carson, Emily and Cale; and his daughter Tawnya (Joe); his grandchildren Madison and Brooklyn. He is also survived by his loving partner, Bev whom he loved very much. His brothers John (Dylinda) and Jim (Sherry); and by his sister-in-law Phyllis, his best friend and cousin Pete Calder; and by Al Loveday who had a very special place in Wayne's heart. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and many friends; Ron, Paul, Jack, Rick, the Sowden Gang and so many more. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Agnes and Edward; brothers Herb and his wife Jenny, Joe, Bobby; sisters Fran and husband Hank, Patricia; and three sisters in infancy, Emma, Hannah and Louise. If you so wish, donations can be made in honour of Wayne to the Dialysis Unit, Riverside or the Diabetes Society Canada. Due to COVID restrictions and as per his wishes, a celebration of Wayne's life will take place at his Uncle Lute's at a later date. “Wayne made the whole world a better place.”

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Nancy Brown

February 15, 2021

Our condolences to Shelly, Larry and families. It was always nice to see Wayne’s smile and a hello to go along with it. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Nancy and Rocky Brown

Scott Bubltz

February 11, 2021

Had many great memories with Wayne and Family on Rides in Barge on Rainy Lake to Amy Point, Hamel Cabin.
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Our Deepest Sympathy,
Scott Bublitz & Family
846 River St.
Portage, WI 53901

Sharon Bilben

February 9, 2021

My condolences to Bev and Family, John and Dylinda:
Some of my fondest memories of growing up as an east ender were of Wayne. We went to St. Mary's and trudged rain, shine and snow often wondering the wisdom of our parents when Robert Moore was so much closer. mmmm. Later years he remembered his Christmas visits with my Dad. Every recounting the story would grow a little more. Wayne was a very special person and I'm going to miss his unfailing friendship , smile , and advice. Did I always take it? No!! But Wayne I always heard you.



Joleen Helliar

February 7, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Shelly, Larry, Tawnya, John & Dylinda and family. Wayne was an inspiration everytime I saw him he had a huge smile on his face and loved to talk whether it be in Walmart, Fort Frances or Thunder bay hospital, he will be deeply missed by all . We're so sorry for your loss

The Pettis family

Unknown Unknown

February 6, 2021

Star Bright
Star Light
I’ll always watch for you at night

David Hamel

February 5, 2021

Although it's not mentioned in the Dignity memorial, Wayne ran a big all weather delivery barge service on Rainy Lake for about a decade.  I remember only one instance when the wind made things too rough for his giant aluminum boat.  We used his service many times to get big parties to and from our place near Sears Bay.  You couldn't overload it.  One trip it was my honor to spend the trip in the engine room keeping the big diesel engine supplied with radiator water.  Other times the best seat was in the cabin with Wayne and a couple of beers.
Once, near the end of his barge days, I dialed Wayne's phone number from my boat on Rainy Lake near Risky Island.  On a calm and sunny day our Webcraft had made it that far north before grinding to a halt because of water pump failure.  Bad luck.  Wayne answered the phone.  Good luck.  "Hey Wayne, what are you doing?"  "Just sitting here having a beer with a friend."  "Do you think you could find us near Risky Island and deliver us to our cabin?"  "I'll be right out".  Sure enough, within minutes we could see the big aluminum bow rounding the point on the east shoreline.  We got our boat towed back to 5-mile dock and the party chauffeured to our cabin.
As annual summer visitors, we have many fond Rainy Lake memories.  Among the best are the memories of Wayne's big boat, his helpful barge services, and his always cheerful personality.
David Hamel Westfield, Wisconsin

Vicki and Wayne Jewell

February 4, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Bev, Larry and Michelle and all of Wayne’s family. He will be deeply missed🌹
Wayne and Vicki Jewell

Cheryl McPherson

February 4, 2021

Bev,,Shelly,Larry,Tawyna,&family: So sorry for your loss,you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We will remember and treasure our visits and good times with uncle Wayne. Sending love to you all.♥️Cheryl,Rick,Brittany,Brian &Karl

Marilyn Venerus

February 4, 2021

Sincere Condolences to Wayne's Family & Bev. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Marilyn Venerus

Rick & Patti Collett

February 4, 2021

A Life well lived....another star shines in the sky

Great Memories of Wayne
Rick & Patti

FROM THE FAMILY