Our beloved father, husband, brother, friend and Grandpa, Wayne Hiebert, passed away February 5, 2022. He is loved and remembered by his family: his darling wife of 40 years, Luana, son Dane and wife Sarah, daughter Daryl and husband Sean , and Wayne’s dear grandson Hutchy who has his grandpa’s love of a laugh and unfortunately , his forehead. Wayne was born David Wayne Hiebert, January 10, 1951 and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his brother Rick (Violet) and sister Sandy (Jim). Wayne’s early life was colourful, his stories of growing up, getting into trouble, motorcycle days and driving Janis Joplin in his taxi were thrilling adventures to listen to as kids. A kind and generous spirit, a best friend to many, Wayne was always ready to lend a hand. Friendship was everything to him, and he held many friends from his early life close to his heart. Everywhere he went it seemed there were people who’d find things to love about Wayne; his quick wit, his kindness, his knack of figuring out how to make something work. An incredibly modest and humorously self-deprecating man, his intelligence was masked by his humility. He had a long, rewarding career in hydraulics, and loved both the work and the people. Hunting, fishing, coaching softball and working on the family cabin kept Wayne busy. Greatly involved with the community around Shell Lake, he proudly served on the Shell Lake council for many years. Fishing and hunting were a huge part of Wayne’s life. Dane and Daryl will always remember being the test subjects for his later career as a hunting guide. He loved to take them fishing, never coming home before one of them caught the biggest fish in the Shell Lake fishing comp, rain, shine or snow His excursions to Molson Lake for annual fishing trips with friends hold many secrets we only wish we knew…or maybe it’s better we don’t! Wayne loved Luana. He always had a way of making her laugh, and always thought she was beautiful. “Where’s my Bride?!” he would say. Wayne loved and was so proud of his children: son , Dane, who fortunately inherited the Hiebert wit, and, unfortunately, the forehead, and Daryl Anne, the recipient of enduring doting support, and the forehead too… a prettier version. Only 2 months before he passed, Wayne spent 4 weeks in Australia visiting Daryl, Sean and Hutchinson. He was the doting grandpa, never tiring of sword-fighting with baby forks over blueberries or taking Hutch on trolley rides, “crash-boom!” The two were thick as thieves and Hutch will carry his grandpa’s love throughout his life. Wayne and Luana spent a wonderful Christmas 2021 in Mexico, just the two of them, relaxing and basking in the glow of being exhausted grandparents. Throughout 2021, he was so happy to spend significant time with Dane and Sarah. He couldn’t have been prouder when consulted about Dane’s intended proposal to Sarah and later witnessing their wedding in Ottawa last May. While we are so sad to let go of our dear Dad/Wayne/Guido/Grandpa, we know we were so lucky to have him. We’re also grateful that he moved on peacefully and that he’s not a long-suffering and grumpy patient. He was a great man who loved his family and community above all. We are grateful for the compassionate care he received from the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, and for the loving kindness of dear friends who carry his family through this loss.
Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 13, at 1:00pm at Cherished Memories Funeral Chapel, 591 Centennial Drive North, Martensville, SK.