On Saturday November 7th 2020, Thomas Wayne Rees, loving husband, father and grandfather passed peacefully away at his home with his beloved wife, Bernice, of 54 years by his side.
Wayne was born on December 20th 1940 in Winnipeg to Thomas and Jean Rees. Growing up he enjoyed spending time with his Aunt Alice, Uncle Casmir and cousins at their family farm outside of Beausejour Manitoba.
Wayne started working at 15 years old for the CNR as a telegram delivery person. He diligently delivered telegrams by bike through snow, sleet, rain, and heat. He later worked for CNCP and Unitel as an office clerk, from where he retired after 35 years.
He married Bernice Stratechuk on July 2nd, 1966. They raised three daughters, Kimberly, Karen, and Glynis. Since family and tradition were very important to Wayne, he adopted the Ukrainian Catholic faith and Ukrainian traditions. He methodically kept a record of family birthdays and anniversaries. Everyone would receive a card signed in his distinctive calligraphic signature that was the envy of everyone.
Wayne was meticulous and private. Although he was a quiet person, he had a dry sense of humour and loved telling jokes and stories. He was not shy of offering his opinion on the topic on hand. He had Fred Astaire feet; elegantly demonstrated as he and Bernice would twirl circles on the dance floor from a jive, to a waltz, and even a kolomeyka.
He prided himself in being physically active; walking, biking, cross country skiing, skating and canoeing. He could not get enough of classic movies and especially if they were in black and white. He religiously watched figure skating every season, every episode of Downtown Abbey and Star Trek- adhering to the mantra - live long and prosper.
Wayne and Bernice travelled throughout their 54 years of marriage. Internationally to Japan to visit Glynis, to Wales to meet the Rees extended family, Alaska and to many KOA campgrounds in the USA. They travelled coast to coast to coast in Canada. Camping and canoeing became a passion.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Jean Rees and his in laws John and Mary Stratechuk. He is survived by his wife Bernice, his three daughters Kimberly (Frank; Brayden and Cole), Karen (Scott; Shaelynn, Darian), Glynis (Matthieu, Gabrielle). Sister in law Charlotte (Stuart; Lauren, Ian), Brother in law Melvin (Sharon; Kyle, Eric).
Since Christmas was Wayne’s favorite time of year, we ask that on December 24th each person around the dinner table chooses their favorite Christmas Carol and everyone carols after dinner. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetary Fund, Sheho, SK. S0A 3T0 where a family internment will be held at a later date. Or to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 390 Marion Street, Winnipeg, MB. R2H 0V5. Or as Wayne was an avid blood donor, a blood or monetary donation to your local Canadian Blood Services.
The family would like to thank Wayne’s Medical Team of Dr. F. Salem and Dr. C. Lau for their diligent attention and countless hours. Also, to Father D. Kawiuk for his spiritual guidance and support. Lastly, to family and friends for your prayers, phone calls, and compassionate support.
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