JACKSON, Lorne Wayne
August 11, 1943 – August 5, 2012
With deep sadness we announce the death at home of L. Wayne Jackson the afternoon of Sunday, August 5, 2012 in the company of his wife, Joy.
Left to cherish his memory are is beloved wife, Joy (nee Castagner), numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. Wayne and Joy would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on September 3, 2012.
He will be particularly missed by Ralph Melnick of Red Deer, Alberta, Dr. Donald Bruce of Waterloo, Ontario and Bob Bruce of Edmonton, not only cousins but lifelong friends. Dr. Stanley Kabay of Edmonton will also keenly experience Wayne's loss, as will Wayne's little dog, Jazz.
Wayne was the son of Thomas Crane Jackson (1956) and Stella Ellen Melnick (1999) (aka Ellen Lister as the wife of Alex Lister) and brother of Barry (1991). He was a life-long Edmontonian whose great-grandparents arrived in the area in 1895.
Wayne was a scholar with a practical bent who had a broad range of interests. He graduated from the University of Alberta, B.Sc. (Hons) in 1966 as gold medalist in the Faculty of Science. He later was awarded a M.Sc. (1968) and Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Toronto in mathematics and computer science. Wayne's career included a number of years as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alberta, Director of Computer Services at the University of Lethbridge and many years as a consultant in the computer industry. As an assistance to him in his consulting practice Wayne also became a Certified General Accountant. When the problems were difficult Wayne was not far away!
Wayne's interests were varied and extensive. They ranged from his work, classical and operatic music, bridge, current events and public policy, the English language, family genealogy, history and books, books and more books. He read voraciously and was extremely informed and knowledgeable on countless topics. Prior to his illness Wayne much enjoyed extensive travels with Joy and his numerous dogs over the years provided companionship and respite from a demanding work schedule.
In 2000 Wayne's heart disease was treated with bypass surgery at the University of Alberta Hospital. Although his activities and energy were curtailed he enjoyed 11 years of relatively good health. The last 1 years were difficult as the complications from heart disease took their toll. Despite numerous visits to hospital and wonderful care the result became inevitable. Wayne fully understood his medical issues and was lucid until the end. He bore his illness with courage, grace, stoicism and often with dark humor as he reminisced about his athletic youth in the face of his failing physical abilities. Wayne was extremely grateful for the exceptional care, kindness and compassion which he received at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Particular thanks are extended to Dr. Finlay McAllister and Wayne's personal physician, Dr. William Campbell. They helped smooth a very difficult road.
At Wayne's direction his body was cremated and no formal Funeral Service conducted. A gathering of family and friends was held to celebrate his memory. He was a man of great intellect, humility, character and a true friend. He will be remembered forever with much affection. Any memorials or contributions in Wayne's memory would be gratefully accepted by the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation - Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Room IHI 91, WMC, 8440-112 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.hainstockedmonton.com