With great sadness we announce that Wayne Stanley Hartwig passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the age of 62 after a courageous nineteen month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Debbie; his son, Dallas (Laura) of Brunswick, Maine; his daughter, Amber of Kelowna; his mother, Lila, of Oshawa, Ontario; three brothers, Dennis (Nancy) of Oshawa, Ontario, Neil (Jennifer) of Knoxville, Tennessee, Brian (Alina) of Scottsdale; one sister, Sharon (Robert) Morgan of Williams Lake, B.C. and 6 nieces and 8 nephews. His father Stanley passed away in 1998. He will also be greatly missed by many friends.
Wayne was born January 31, 1945 in Oshawa, Ontario. At a young age he developed a keen interest in nature, art and working with his hands. He attended Kingsway College, Andrews University and Pacific Union College, and in 1969 he graduated from California State College.
In 1973 Wayne and Debbie were married in St. Thomas, Ontario, and in 1976 moved to a log house in Merrickville, Ontario, where Dallas and Amber were born. A heritage stone house that needed restoring took the family to Brockville, Ontario in 1984.
Wayne’s dream of living in British Columbia materialized in 1990 when the family relocated to Armstrong. He worked hard building a house for the family, maintaining an acreage, and transporting the kids to Christian schools. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and his 4 years with SIR as a field monitor. Whether he was rebuilding cedar canvas canoes, houses or furniture, his passion was making old things new. He volunteered on mission projects in Nepal and Kenya, and enjoyed travels to Mexico and Dominican Republic.
Wayne always had another mountain to climb, lake to paddle, or trail to hike, and his heart was in the mountains where he felt closest to God. During his illness he worked diligently on the “to do” list to make life a bit easier for Debbie. Wayne was a caring person who was always ready to listen and ready to help. He was a devoted husband, loving father and faithful friend. He lived true to his convictions, and throughout his illness, his faith and attitude were an inspiration to all.
He now sleeps until Jesus’ soon return when he will be reunited with those he loved. A Celebration of Wayne’s Life will be held at the Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Church (Pleasant Valley Rd. at 45th Ave.) on Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m. with Pastors Bruce Boyd and Jim Weir officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to Gospel Outreach Canada or Vernon Hospice Society. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wayne, “We’ll see you in the morning.”