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Wayne Joseph Roland Pilon

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wayne Joseph Roland Pilon on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 55 years.

 

Wayne was predeceased by his father Roland Pilon and his nephew Brett Pilon.  Wayne leaves to mourn his loving wife of 21 years, Rachel (nee Michaud), his mother, Margaret Pilon along with his brothers Shawn (Bones) and Ken. Also left to mourn his passing are his mother-in -law Anna Michaud, nicknamed by Wayne as MaMa Z, and In-laws, Nicole Michaud-Brunette and Robert Brunette, Michel and Lucie Michaud, Gilles and Valerie Michaud, Nephews; Steven,Jo-el, Dominic, Jeremie, Justin, Jaxon and nieces; Jessica, Aleisha and Brianne. He will also be missed by his many Uncles, Aunts, and cousins, with special mention to Zach and Michaella Tanghe whom he considered himself more as an uncle to them then a cousin.

 

Wayne had a love for sports and music. He loved to golf, and in his younger years, often he and his friend Ward would be seen on their bikes, with their golf bag in tow, heading to the golf course. While at Nelson Mac high school, he won many awards in track, and took pride in being a very fast runner, both on and off the field. Wayne was also an avid softball and fastball player and played with the Nicolette Toros for many years, and in the winter spongee was his game with the Filth Hounds, of which we hear, he led the league in penalty minutes.  Go figure.  When he was not playing sports, he loved watching his Pittsburgh Steelers and Montreal Canadiens (the Habs), although, when the Winnipeg Jets came back to town, his heart was torn between the two, but in the long run the Winnipeg Jets won his attention. Almost on a daily basis he could be heard talking to his little bud Gizmo, and bringing Gizmo up to date with the scores and daily sports news.

 

Wayne enjoyed listening and singing to AC\DC, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, UFO and many other classic rock bands. Whether he listened to it, with or without ear phones, the four walls of his house could often be seen pounding at the seams, as the music played. Take a peak through the window, and he could be seen bouncing away against the back of the couch or chair while accompanying the band with his air guitar and drums.

 

 

Wayne was a social butterfly and did not hesitate to meet new people, he was genuinely interested in learning more about them. So much so, that he was known as the mayor at many baseball tournaments. He maintained relationships with many of his childhood friends, and made many new friends throughout the years, along with those where he last worked as Shipper\Receiver at Grand & Toy, a job which he enjoyed very much until to his dismay he had to leave because of health issues.

 

 

His passion was spending time with family and friends. He loved the company and would often be found laughing and reminiscing about times in his younger years, recounting stories and adventures he had shared with them. Wayne’s memory was so vivid that it was rare if you did not hear someone say ..

” That’s right. I forgot about that. Wow, how do you remember all this” !

 

Wayne never became a father, which was a fate he never really came to terms with, but it gave him the opportunity to take genuine interest in the lives of his friends children, many of whom he kept a close relationship with until the end of his life. He was like a proud father when it came to their accomplishments, especially when it related to sports. He would follow their stats, give them pointers and advice, and watched or listened to their games if televised or on air.

 

Unfortunately, Wayne’s ongoing health issues, prevented him from his love of sports, spending more time with his friends and attending many important family activities and functions, but through it all, although saddened by this reality, he never let his situation get the best of him.  He always led life with a positive attitude and tried to keep his relationships going as best he could. He also ensured that his illness did not take away from his wife’s enjoyment of life, and would selflessly encourage her to go on trips with her family. He would say, Go. It’ll be good for you. Giz and I will be o.k.

 

Wayne, you were a very intelligent man and we will all miss your knowledge of sports and music.  You were our go to guy.  We will also miss listening to your stories and adventures, which were so interesting and often comical. You were a loving, generous and selfless man, with a genuine and tender heart, but most of all, you were a man who never let life’s realities bring you down. Your smile, and your laugh will be greatly missed.  We will always love you, and know that you are now really enjoying Life as God had intended it to be. Love you Bro, Babs, Wayner, Sammy, Mr. Pilon, Spainer, Knuckles, snake ….

In keeping with Wayne’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cornerstone Alliance Church, 1100 Autumnwood Drive.

 

In honor of Wayne, we ask that everyone attending the service, wear their favourite Hockey or Football jersey.

 

Thank you to the doctors, medical team and nurses from the Intermediate ICU, and the ICUM department at St. Boniface General Hospital who showed and gave true compassionate care. Although his healing did not come on this side of Heaven, he has received his Divine Healing in his new Home.

 

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association.

 

 

 

12 Guest Book

  • Jeff Davidson Posted January 23, 2019 8:01 am

    Very sorry for your loss, Wayne was a good friend and I will miss him dearly.

  • Maureen Tanghe Posted January 23, 2019 9:17 am

    Our family will miss you. Wayne and I were very close throughout most of our lives. He was great with my kids Zach and Michaella. He did bring a lot of laughs to our many family get togethers. He will be remembered and missed. Love The Tanghe Family

  • David p vandale Posted January 23, 2019 9:31 am

    Wayne
    Rest in Piece Buddy!

  • Diane Swanburg Posted January 23, 2019 9:46 am

    My heart goes out to Wayne’s family. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him. RIP Wayne.

  • Carol Sulyma Posted January 23, 2019 10:12 am

    Dear Margaret and family I am so sorry to read of Wayne’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all.

  • Ken Pilon Posted January 23, 2019 1:39 pm

    Sammy not only were you my brother,but best friend and father figure. I looked up to you always! You’ll always be missed BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN! Love you now then and forever! R.I.P.

  • Denis Vandale Posted January 23, 2019 5:17 pm

    Very sad to see you suffer so much in the last months of your too short life. I remember Wayne as a young man, full of life and an Olympic class athlete. When he was in his teens he would spend weekends with me and Charlen. I would teach him some martial arts and we would just hang out. I remember going with him to Miller’s TV and Audio to purchase a stereo system, for which he paid cash from money he’d earned from part time jobs while still in school. Mrs. Miller asked him, “Where did you get the money to pay for this?”. I jokingly replied, “He wears a balaclava and robs 7/11s on weekend, which got a big laugh from her and Wayne. I was so impressed with him and the promise he showed. Unfortunately fate was not kind to him. Health problems plagued from and early age, but through it all he maintained a positive attitude. He met and married a wonderful woman, Rachel, who stood by him through it all. I will miss you Wayne.

  • Gail Plantje Posted January 23, 2019 6:47 pm

    I love you Wayner. Be at peace, brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Eric and Linda Gilham Posted January 24, 2019 12:55 pm

    Rachel, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Eric and Linda Gilham

  • Roseline Boisvert/Arbez Posted January 25, 2019 9:43 am

    Mes plus sincères sympathies Rachel! Prends soin.

  • Rob Kensick Posted January 25, 2019 10:59 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pilon Family, God Bless.

  • Margaret Pilon Posted January 25, 2019 11:33 am

    It is with great sorrow that I lost my first born son. He’ll be in my heart forever

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