Wayne “BONES” Sealey

September 11, 1952 ~ December 9, 2013

Wayne Sealey – “Bones” to his friends – left our world peacefully, December 9th, leaving a huge emptiness in our lives.

We say goodbye with joy that his spirit is set free and great sadness for the loss of one of the most amazing men most of us have ever met –  a wise and gifted “old soul”.

Gentle and kind hearted, those privileged to be part of his life are forever changed by this special person who was so down to earth, called a spade a spade, and accepted everyone he met without judgement.  People were drawn to him, and appreciated his simple honesty – no pretence, no games.

Born in Regina, and living in Victoria before moving to Vernon, Bones was a plumber/gasfitter by trade, loved being outdoors, spending many hours with his family and friends, 4-wheeling in the bush, hunting, camping, boating and fishing. He lived life to the fullest, working hard and playing hard.  He loved to build and invent practical things, loved old cars and beautiful women! He was a respected “jack of all trades”, solving just about any problem thrown at him.  Neighbours and friends valued his wisdom and his steadfast, solid friendship.

With his brilliant engineering mind, and incredible determination, he built, over an 11 year period, the “Spirit of the Okanagan”, a 33 passenger D.O.T. Passenger Vessel, which he operated on Okanagan Lake.  An outstanding dad, his kids spent many fun-filled hours in the hull, as he worked!

When MS took his body, he never let it take his spirit.  His positive attitude was inspirational to everyone he met.  He awed those around him with his determination and love for life, despite the huge limitations he faced. 

All his enjoyment came from his family and his friends.  He was so proud of his children and treasured every hour he spent with them , always honoured to be included in their circle of friends. He was happiest when his house was filled with people and loved to be a part of whatever was happening. People gravitated naturally to his easy going personality and his presence in any gathering. He had the ability to make everyone smile with his quick wit and quirky sense of humour …  only the 1st beer and the last one, compost and road kill, and Boneez – a language all it’s own! And who will ever forget the rhubarb wine!

Always a connoisseur of the finest hops available on Westside, he was the glue that brought so many people together.

His neighbours, friends, and caregivers were his inspiration for living.  The love and care they gave, allowed him to live a fulfilling life, with richness and diversity.

We are grateful for the support of Interior Health, who believed in his right to quality of life, and enabled him to live in his home for all these years.  His wonderful caregivers were angels. They were his life support and we honoured them for the unique gifts each brought to our home and to our lives.

Loving him forever are his children, Jesse (Carolyn) and Jenna (Curtis), his best friend of 47 years and wife/soulmate, Trudi, his sisters Loralee and Beverlee (Bob), niece, Kim and his father, Stan, all in Victoria, and in Vernon, his very special angels Elizabeth, Leona, Kerry, Ruth and Carol and his wonderful community of beach buddies and other friends.  He joins his brother, Scott, and his mom, Elva, as he continues his soul journey.

So “party on” as Bones would say and raise your glass to a great man, who will live forever in our hearts.

Thank you for teaching us the strength of the human spirit.

Friends are invited to come to an Open House, anytime after 2pm, at Bone’s on Saturday, Dec. 14th.Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the MS Society (3402 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1) or Hospice House (3506 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4).

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca

His last party will be held in the summer to honour his wishes, and celebrate his outstanding life!

Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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