Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson Obituary

Wayne was born in Winnipeg on Sept. 23, 1941, and grew up in North Kildonan. He attended Lord Kitchener School. He later attended Manitoba Technical Institute and graduated as a draftsman. Wayne’s first job as a draftsman was with the Manitoba Government. Subsequent positions were Planning Officer with Transport Canada, Project Manager with Airport Planning and Development, and Environmental Officer with NAVCAN. These positions involved planning and developing many aspects of airport operations at the Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, as well as airports in Regina, Prince Albert, and Calgary. He also travelled to the north and high arctic, working on airports in Resolute Bay, Iqaluit, and various other northern locations.

Wayne was a life-long learner. He attended University, obtaining a B.A. and a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies. Wayne was very busy with his work at airports but was able to successfully meet the challenge of studying and completing assignments while working. Often being away from home and on-site at the airports demanded a lot of sacrifice in order for him to obtain a higher education.

Along with his busy career, Wayne also became involved in ministry. He was ordained to the Diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church in 2005. His desire to serve led to chaplaincy ministry with Bridging the Gap in Winnipeg’s inner city. Wayne also became very involved in prison ministry at Stony Mountain Institution and Rockwood, facilitating several support groups within the prison and inner city. Experiencing a difficult life as a young boy imbued Wayne with tangible gifts of love, compassion, mercy, empathy and a heart for those who are hurting and struggling.

Through his journey with many living on the margins of society, Wayne was able to encourage, support and restore hope and dignity, often advocating for many. This strong belief in others’ potential enabled them to find their power and voice. Wayne could often be found seeking to obtain gently used clothing, bedding and basic essentials in order to set up those re-entering society. As a testament to Wayne’s gifts for ministering to others, not one of his participants re-offended. His ministry was undergirded by his deep faith, his strong prayer life, and his reliance on the Holy Spirit. Wayne recognized, with gratitude, the presence and power of God working through him as he served.

Wayne volunteered as a chaplain at St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Center. Since his wife, Judy, was also a chaplain at Health Sciences Center, they often ministered together. At times ministry can be very challenging, but they were able to meet those challenges by listening, praying, encouraging and navigating through those difficulties together.

Wayne was a member of the Holy Redeemer Council of the Knights of Columbus, serving for a term as Grand Knight. He cherished a privileged friendship with Fr. Gerald Michaud, who accompanied and supported both Wayne and Judy through many of life’s storms. Brother Gerry Craig was also a dear friend.

Wayne was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hockey, football and golf.  Wayne’s passion for curling took him to various bonspiels in Manitoba and other provinces. He also enjoyed going for walks and hunting with his beloved Labrador Retrievers. They were his faithful companions. An avid hunter, Wayne greatly enjoyed his annual deer hunting outings in Carberry with his buddies. Although the hunt wasn’t always successful, their time of fun and fellowship was just as meaningful. Wayne also enjoyed goose hunting with his nephew, Kevin. These were special moments they shared together. Wayne found serenity and renewal in the outdoors, especially at his cottage.

Wayne was gifted with his hands and was often found working with plumbing, roofing, electrical, renovations and general repairs. He had a tool for every job.

Wayne loved to travel. He and Judy enjoyed trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, Europe, Egypt, Turkey and the Caribbean Islands. They especially enjoyed going on cruises. The highlight of their travels was a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which had a dramatic and profound influence on their spiritual lives.

Wayne was a gracious, humble, kind, tender, witty and loving man and a deeply devoted husband. Many commented on how his warmth, his gentle presence and his smile lit up a room. Wayne’s sense of humour kept us all laughing and uplifted.

His loving spirit will be greatly missed, but we know that Wayne will remain in our hearts forever. Wayne leaves to mourn Judy, his beloved wife of 51 years, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.  

Judy extends heartfelt gratitude to:

Her Holy Redeemer church family and the countless hearts and hands that reached out, offering love and an outpouring of support and generosity to help with Wayne’s celebration of life.

Her nephew and niece, Greg and Joanne Kostyra, for wrapping her in their loving embrace, and for supporting and walking with her through the most traumatic and difficult time of her life.

Her nephews Michael and Scott Bomersback from Montreal for putting their daily lives aside and coming to share their love and support with Judy.

The members of East St. Paul Curling Club for their immediate response to Wayne’s critical situation as well as their tireless efforts in following up afterwards. 

The staff at Korban Funeral Home for their kind and compassionate care.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 10:00 am at Holy Redeemer Church, 264 Donwood Drive. Interment to follow. For those unable to attend, the mass will be live-streamed through Korban Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Redeemer parish or a charity of your choice.

Rest in peace, dear Wayne.

For those unable to attend, the events will also be live-streamed and recorded through the Korban Funeral Chapel Facebook page

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Mass of Christian Burial
February 13, 2024

10:00 AM
Holy Redeemer Church
264 Donwood Dr.
Winnipeg, MB R2G 0W5

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