Valleyview Funeral Home

165 Valleyview Road, Kelowna, BC


Wayne Melven Lawrence

May 18, 1942June 7, 2020

Wayne M Lawrence 1942-2020 We are saddened to announce the passing of Wayne Lawrence on June 7, 2020. Wayne had a playful and creative spirit. He had a strong appetite for learning and was drawn to adventure. He sailed the seas as a youth in the Navy, as an adult he embraced the activist, progressive politics of his generation, and in retirement he explored far-flung corners of the globe. Wayne was a generous teacher. He had an abiding belief in the potential of education to enrich lives and remedy social inequities. Through his work he contributed in small and large ways to the hundreds of students who came through his classrooms in British Columbia, Asia and the Middle East. It was a source of pride for Wayne that each of his own children chose to pursue careers in institutions of higher learning. Wayne leaves his family with a wealth of happy memories. He was a committed husband of 51 years, a present and engaged father, and an enthusiastic grandfather. His grandchildren brought him great joy in his later years. He spoiled them all in the best of ways – with his laughter, time and attention. Wayne is survived by his wife, Sheilia, three children, Michael (Vivian), Michelle (Robert ) and Suzanne (David), and six beloved grandchildren, Ella, James, Maxwell, Grayson, Alice and Thomas. He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers. He will be remembered by his four remaining brothers, Vern, John, Gerry and Rick, and a large extended family, as well as a network of friends around the world and close to home, including dear neighbours Ian, Sandy and Teagan.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the KGH Foundation to the Central Okanagan Hospice House and Palliative Care Fund. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com for the Lawrence family.


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Lesley McGlinchey

June 24, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I taught with Wayne at Webber Road Elementary. As a young teacher, I appreciated learning from someone who still had passion for the profession after many years of teaching. I remember Wayne as a kind, calm man who was interested in others and ready to listen. Wayne convinced me that we should take our classes camping at Camp Dunlop -- in tents -- something I had never done and felt very nervous about. I so appreciated his mentorship. One of my strongest memories of Wayne was one day when we were all in the Staffroom having lunch. I watched him eat an apple - core and all. I had never seen anyone do that. He told me that growing up with so many brothers that you really had to be quick about getting your food and not waste anything! Wayne was a lovely man and I feel lucky to have known him. Sheila and all his family, you are in my prayers.
Lesley (Valka) McGlinchey

Charlene Graham

June 22, 2020

Uncle Wayne was truly a great soul . He was always intuitive to how you are doing and wasn’t afraid to try new things.
He loved to shared stories and laugh at ours. My heart is saddened for the loss of this special man. Wayne, may you Rest In Peace and be joined in heaven with your brothers. My sincere condolences to my aunt Shielia and my cousins to the extended family.
So sorry for your loss.😞
Hugs from Charlene (niece) & Ian Graham

This is a picture of Wayne and my sister Lana 2015

Lana Rossetti

June 22, 2020

Uncle wayne was an awesome and loving uncle .I will miss him dearly .