Wayne Colwell

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Wayne Colwell August 26,1925 March 6, 2014 It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful death of Wayne on March 6, 2014 at Sherwood Park Manor, Brockville, Ontario. Born August 26, 1925 in Yonkers New York. He was 88 years old.Deeply loved by his wife of 63 years, Jeanne. Loving father to Russell (Mayumi) of Thailand, Lisa (Stephane) of Iroquois, Ontario and Douglas (Alison) of Galiano Island British Columbia. Proud grandfather to Celine, Melissa, Kirsten, Malcolm and Laura. Great grandfather to Rose (deceased), Georgia, Wesley, Jeremy and Briar. Survived by his sister Flo (Coomber) of Rochester New York. Wayne served with great pride in the U.S. Army during WW2 in Europe with the pigeon corps. When the war ended he attended University of San Luis Obispo California but moved to Fresno to finish his degree. It was there that he met his wife, Jeanne. After they married in Muir Woods California they travelled throughout Europe and North Africa. On their return he began working for the California State Parks in various locations, first as a Ranger, then later as a Historian. Their three children were born in California. When he obtained work with Parks Canada as a Historian/Curator he worked throughout the country but made his home in Ottawa. Wayne had many hobbies including raising reptiles and homing pigeons, model trains, camping, hiking and travelling. He travelled five times across the United States on his motorcycles. He spent much of his retirement years travelling with his wife to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Israel and throughout the United States and Canada. A well read historian he was a member of the Company of Military Historians. Wayne will be missed by many friends for his humour and his zest of adventure. Wayne was a tough guy and as such it was difficult to accept he was living with Parkinson's disease. His ashes will be buried in Manchester Vermont as per his wishes


Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 14, 2014
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