WAYNE FRANKLIN LANG
September 7, 1947 - October 20, 2022
It is with much sorrow that we announce that Wayne passed away on October 20, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 75 years.
Wayne is predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Joan, his parents, Frank and Victoria Lang, and mother-in-law Evelyn Morton. He is survived by his sister Lynn Temszen and her family, and his cousin Betty Kuras and family. He is also survived by Joan’s brother Ken and his wife Shirley, and their children Tim Preston (Jody), and Marnie Branfireun, along with Joan’s extended family including her Delaney cousins Diane Knight, Doreen Ens, Doug Delaney, Jeff Delaney and Eileen Kirton and their families.
Wayne was a trained tool and die maker. He worked at the Winnipeg Mint and later became a familiar face in shops rooms at Winnipeg School Division #1 where he repaired and maintained equipment. After retirement he worked as a carpenter, helping people renovate their houses and yards in Winnipeg and nearby cottage country. He was a very handy and helpful man, always willing to lend a hand and give of his time and expertise.
Wayne enjoyed fishing and water-skiing during his time with Joan at their much-beloved Royal Lake, their long-time summer vacation home. He and Joan had many fond memories of time there with so many good friends. Marnie and Tim remember many good times spent with their uncle and aunt as teens at ‘the lake’. Later they enjoyed several years at their cottage at Winnipeg Beach, and often visited the Preston cottage at Lake of the Woods. Snowmobiling was their main pastime during cold Winnipeg winters, but they also escaped the cold on many Caribbean cruises and tropical holidays to warm destinations like Jamaica, where they enjoyed meeting people and taking photographs. Their favorite trip was to the Cook Islands. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was their latest favored location, where they spent sunset evenings on the beach, and also gathered with Shirley, Ken and Marnie. In their later years, Wayne and Joan became especially close to Tim and Jody, with whom they often dined and spoke frequently.
Wayne and Joan were a very close couple. Wayne’s fierce devotion to Joan was apparent in his last years, which revolved around her care as she increasingly suffered from debilitating dementia. He was her champion in the face of immense challenges, and he gave his all. As we mourn his loss, we will be thinking of his generosity, his loyalty, and his goodness.
Ken, Shirley, Tim and Marnie would like to thank the Delaneys for their support through this difficult time, especially Diane Knight, whose calm competence and care is immensely valued. In accordance with Wayne’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers and gatherings, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba are appreciated.
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