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Date of Passing: May 03, 2022

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Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer and surrounded by family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Leland Wayne Humphreys on May 3, 2022 at Grace Hospital at the age of 80 years.
He is survived by his wife Joan; daughters, Dori (Tony), Denise (Greg), Diana and stepson Alan (Kelly); brother Neil (Marilyn); granddaughters, Ella and Poppy; nieces, Honor (Niko) and Leigh (Ryan) and a great-uncle to Aria, Noah, Ellis, Isabell and Ruby; as well as many other family, former spouse May and numerous friends made over the years.
Wayne is predeceased by his father Idris Leland and mother Dorothy Humphreys.
Dad was born in Winnipeg, living his early years in Brandon, then back to Winnipeg with his retirement years just north of Gimli.
He worked as a mechanic prior to joining the St. James Fire Department in 1970, where he served the citizens of Winnipeg for 32 years, retiring in the rank of Captain in 2002. He made many life long "brotherhood" friends who live by the motto "WE HOLD THEE SAFE."
Cars were Dad's passion - ALL his life. In his younger years, he always had a different car. In retirement, he used his extraordinary talent for fixing and restoring antique cars, taking them apart and putting them back together, making stunning masterpieces. Words cannot describe the quality of his workmanship. Entering car shows to show off his work was not his thing - he just wanted to build them. Dad could build or fix anything, including his Gimli home and dream garage and had a concrete side business up until retirement.
On Sundays, you always knew he was watching NASCAR. He enjoyed watching hockey, the Jets, CFL and NFL. He loved Maui until this travelling years were done and spent many of early years in Spruce Sands.
Wayne loved his family, was there if you needed him, making sure everyone was taken care of. We are so grateful and proud to have had him in our lives.
We want to thank Grace Hospital doctors, nurses and staff for caring for our Dad and allowing us to be by his side in his last moments. We also want to thank CancerCare.
As dad wished, cremation will take place with no funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare or Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

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Rest in Peace until we meet again.
Your pain is now gone.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 07, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Wayne was there for me when I was down and out. He gave me a pt time job doing concrete work. I live in Calgary and am clean and sober.My life has met many wonderful people and Wayne was a great guy. God bless you my friend - Posted by: Danny Saltzman (Friend and concrete employee in the 70s) on: Sep 20, 2022

  • I had the privledge to work with Wayne at #19 station. There was no one that could drive that Ford Pumper as fast as Wayne could. He was a dedicated and awesome firefighter. You knew he would always have your back if needed. He was an excellent cook as well and if he saw me starting to cook something, he would take it over as he knew I would screw it up. He was a lot of fun to work with and I know he will sadly missed. Enjoyed our late night hearts game too. My deepest sympathy to the family which was so important to Wayne and spoke about them often at work. - Posted by: Dave Naaykens (Friend) on: May 22, 2022

  • So sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing - just heard today, was a good person working with him at the St James fire department and he sure helped me out many times, my deepest condolences to the family. RIP Wayne - Posted by: Harry Salamacha (Friend ) on: May 16, 2022

  • We are deeply saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing. As the husband of our dear friend Joan, we got to know Wayne over the years. We watched them together, build their dreams and their life together in Gimli. Their trips to Hawaii, and their adventures in their motor home, and of course the car shows were memories they shared over the years. One could see their dream home in Gimli was a shared dream come true, Wayne in his amazing garage, and Joan with her beautiful gardens. Through Wayne’s first battle with cancer, Joan was by his side. Sadly three years ago Joan had a debilitating stroke and Wayne tirelessly became her care giver, moving them to Winnipeg to access the help that Joan now needed. Wayne insisted on caring for her at home which he did tirelessly and unselfishly with love in his eyes. At the expense of his own health he made certain to get Joan settled in West Park Manor only days before he succumbed to his cancer. Wayne told us that Joan was his “Guardian Angel” and now Wayne, You are truly Joan’s “Guardian Angel”. Rest In Peace Wayne. From Joan’s first sentence she said to Wayne after her stroke….”I love you”. - Posted by: Karen Asgeirson and Janice Kowbel (Friend) on: May 08, 2022

  • Had not seen Wayne for quite some time but have a lot of great childhood growing up in St. James. We attended quite a few Bomber games together and always had a great time. My condolences to the family, Wayne will be missed. - Posted by: Jack Robson (friend ) on: May 07, 2022

  • I never really knew Wayne since we weren't on the same shift but I do remember him being a "car guy" and that gave us something to talk about. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Collegue) on: May 07, 2022

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