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Wayne Bentley

April 15, 1941February 20, 2021

Age 79 of Halifax. It is with broken hearts and great sadness that the family of Wayne Bentley announces his peaceful passing on February 20, 2021, at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII.

Wayne was born on April 15, 1941, at home in Westchester Station, Cumberland County, to Clarence and Vivian (Henderson) Bentley.

Wayne worked for many years in the banking industry in Montreal, Fredericton and Halifax but his heart was always in Westchester Station, especially with his friends at the hunting camp on “the mountain.”

Wayne is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda (Sharpe). He was blessed with two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen (Angela), Truro, and Scott (Kristy Burchell), Bedford; two grandsons, Travis and Ryan Bentley. He is also survived by his brother, Avard, and several nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Vivian Bentley; his brother, Ted; and sister-in-law, Jean Bentley.

Wayne loved sports and was an avid Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Blue Jays fan. When his sons were younger he enjoyed cheering them on when they played hockey and baseball (sometimes a bit too loud and often to their embarrassment).

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, for the excellent care Wayne received over the past five years following heart surgery. A special thank you is extended to the caring nurses of 7.4 for making Wayne’s final days comfortable.

Arrangements have been entrusted to J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Halifax; cremation has taken place. In keeping with Wayne’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A family burial will take place at Eagle Hill Cemetery, Westchester Station, at a later date. If you wish to make a donations in Wayne’s memory, please consider the QEII Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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Wendy Baxter

March 3, 2021

We are sending our prayers and love to all of you at this sad time. Wayne was always so kind and we have nothing but fond memories of him. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and hoping all your wonderful memories will help move you forward.
Jane, Wendy, Kathy, Tracy and Anne (Bentley)

Kevin Spencer

March 1, 2021

To Scott, Linda, and the Bentley Family,

Very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Wayne starting 30 years ago, when as a teenager I was a frequent visitor at your place. Scott and I had great adventures in those days, and although sometimes these were eyebrow-raising with Wayne, I enjoyed as a teenager spending time with him, I have only seen Wayne a handful of times in the years since, although it really seems like yesterday I was rolling up to check out his pickup truck and chat about land cruisers and motorcycles. Many fond memories that live frozen in time, very sorry for your loss, rest in peace Wayne and thank you for being an important part of my life, at a very important time in my youth.

James Eaton

February 28, 2021

Dear Mrs. Bentley (aka Linda), Scott, and Stephen,

I was so heartbroken to hear of Mr. Bentley’s (aka Wayne) passing last week. Mr. Bentley, as he will always be in my head, was a warm, funny, and inspiring role model for a young man growing up.

Scott is one my best friends. As such, I spent a lot of time in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bentley. I ate there, slept there, and enjoyed their amazing hospitality.

Mr. Bentley always had a kind word, and some wise advice. I will miss him tremendously, and wish I could be with you all.

Love,

James Eaton

Dorothy Brown

February 26, 2021

Linda, my heart goes out to you at this time. I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Thinking of you and your family,
Dorothy Brown

Richard Ramey

February 24, 2021

I want to extend my sincere condolesences to Linda and family in the loss of Wayne . And I know from recent experience, that this is a time of sadness, grief, and many emotions.
I met Wayne and Linda in the late summer of 2005 in Antigonish where I just joined the bank as Junior Clerk and Wayne was transferred from Bridgewater as Accountant. I grew up in the country (near New Germany) and being so far from home and in a new environment was very difficult for me. Both you and Wayne extended kindnes to me like I had never experienced and I spent many hours in your apartment. Also I spent a few weekends at Wayne's homestead in Westchester Station where I met his parents and enjoyed his mom's country cooking. At work Wayne was a great teacher, very encouraging and respected and loved by all. His big smile and great personality was contageous.
Our paths crossed again in Halifax Main Branch in 1977 where we renewed our friendship. He was a great team builder and morale booster and loved by all.
Our careers then went to different geographies and we never did get reconnected.
However we did see you both at several craft fairs. Wayne still had that big smile and firm handshake.
Wayne will be a huge gap in your lives for a long time, but once you get through the grieving, focus on the innumeable fond memories and that will bring comfort, and perhaps a smile to your face.

Sam & Eleanor Walters

February 24, 2021

Linda, Stephen, Scott, Avard and all the Bentley family, we want to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Wayne. He was a great person to be around and always had a kind caring and friendly way and loved his family dearly . Wayne was known to me from his early days with R.B.C Royal Bank and he became even better known to me and also Eleanor when during our days at Halifax Main Branch in the late 70's and early 80's. Wayne was a tremendous Royal Banker and I learned much from him during that time. He was a great team builder! During that period we became great friends and was fortunate to spend some time on the mountain with Avard, Wayne and other friends. I also got to know his wonderful mother who made a beautiful quilt for Eleanor which is still in use in one of our bedrooms here in St. John's. Linda one memory of Wayne that will live with us forever is bringing the Simpson's Vans from Toronto to Halifax with a stop at the Big O to see the Expos in a playoff game. That was a pile of fun! Rest in peace our friend in your beloved Westchester Station. Love Sam and Eleanor St Johns NL

P Croft

February 24, 2021

Linda & Family - our sincere sympathies for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories of good times spent together. Condolences, The Croft Family, Dartmouth NS

Frank Macewen

February 23, 2021

Linda and family especially Travis. So sorry to hear of Waynes passing. He was a very special man. Taught me a lot about banking and life in general. Besides 'the mountain's had a lot of fun with he Peter and Avert goosing on Pei. Also fishing here. My condolences to all. Also to Avert and family. Am proud to have called Wayne friend and mentor. I know he is at peace now. Always a gentleman. He and Peter together again. Also Dave and Dick. Be safe people. Frank in PEI.

David & Frances Ernst

February 23, 2021

Dear Linda, Stephen, Scott and families. We are so saddened by your loss and extend our deep condolences . We have fond memories of the times we had together and while not recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lovingly Dave & Fran Ernst

Winnifred Horton

February 23, 2021

Dear Bentleys in Westchester Station

I grew up with my brothers, Graeme, Fred, David and we spent a lot of time there and remember fondly our association. My thought go out to the family at this time, especially Avard.

Wayne was about the same age as David. My brother Fred lives in Winnipeg and Graeme my oldest brother passed away in 2019.

My thought are with you at this time.

Winnifred (King) Horton

FROM THE FAMILY