Wayne Victor Roy Nesbitt

April 17, 1937 – July 2, 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad, Wayne Nesbitt, with his loving wife, Joan, by his side. Dad fought a short courageous battle with lung cancer; he maintained his sense of humour with his strength and determination unparalleled through his final journey, continuing to plan one last adventure with Mom.

Dad was an Educator. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and later his Masters of Education from UBC, Vancouver. He coached many sports teams, taught many subjects and was Principal of many schools throughout BC over a span of 30 years. He took great pride in knowing every student in his school. After retiring, he and Mom made their summer home in Vernon, BC and their winter home in Pharr, Texas, USA. Dad loved to travel and during the winter months Mom and Dad had many adventures motor homing throughout Canada and the USA. They even traveled to faraway lands including China, Europe and Australia. During the summer months Dad returned to his love of agriculture and became a cattle rancher and as late as last summer he was a long haul truck driver.

Dad was a loving and dedicated man. His outgoing and friendly personality with his sense of humour made him many friends from all over the world. He was a Free Mason, a Rotarian and member of the Lions Club. Dad was always helping people. While in Pharr, he especially loved driving the Shriner’s van to transport ill children to the hospital in Houston, Texas. As a husband and father he was loving and caring – always there to help, to listen, to encourage and to be our friend.

Dad is deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Joan Nesbitt and their five children, Pat (Debbie), John, Kathryn (John), Brenda (Robert) and Michael (Jennifer); 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his mother Peggy and father Victor Nesbitt.

A heartfelt thank you to all the doctors, nurses and care aides who helped us care for Dad these past four months, especially the staff and volunteers at North Okanagan Hospice House. To the numerous friends that have been there for Mom, we cannot thank you enough for your support and kind words. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to North Okanagan Hospice House.

Heaven was in need of a Hero – Dad, you are forever in our hearts. We love you.

Cremation is in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250 542 0155.

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May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand…

Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end,

It simply means I’ll miss you, until we meet again.

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