DAYE, R. Wayne

R. Wayne Daye passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on July 28, 2018 at home near Strathmore, Alberta. Wayne was born Dec. 24, 1941 in Cornwall, Ont., an early and blessed Christmas gift for his parents Dorothy and R. Earl Daye. Wayne spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing with his idol, his grandfather, who taught him the best ways to humanely bag a deer and land a fish. After graduating high school, Wayne entered RCMP depot in Regina, and was posted in various communities in Alberta, including Coutts, Lethbridge, Cardston, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Edmonton and lastly Strathmore, where he retired in 1983. Wayne loved the cowboy and ranching way of life, and he quickly joined on with Livestock Identification Services as a brand inspector and field supervisor. Upon retiring for a second time, Wayne and his wife Carol, who he married in 1964 in Lethbridge, enjoyed camping and visiting friends and troop mates all around Canada and into the U.S. in their fifth-wheel trailer. Wayne was an accomplished leatherworker, building saddles and saddlebags, and other leather products for the ranching industry. Wayne is survived by the love of his life, wife Carol (nee Popp); his daughter Andrea and her twins Elijah and Atticus and their father Paul Toutant; and his son R. Mark, wife Kerri and son Ben. He is also survived by his mother Dorothy, his brother Brian (Ann) and his sister Linda, his sister-in-law June, and numerous nieces and nephews. Wayne was predeceased by his father R. Earl, two brothers-in-law and one nephew. A private service and interment was held August 9, 2018. Friends are invited to join the family at a Celebration of Life Gathering for Wayne Sunday, September 2, 2018, from 2pm to 7pm at the CPR Barn in Strathmore (entrance on George Freeman Trail south of Hwy #1). A chance for all those who knew him to come together to share their collective stories of this amazing man.  To send condolences, please visit Wayne’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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