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.