We Remember

COATES, George “Wayne”

July 17, 1940 — December 31, 2021

Wayne passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021 at The Village on Mill Creek care facility in Kelowna, at the age of 81.

Lovingly remembered by his family, Wayne is survived by his sons, Randy (Pam) and Bryan (Chris); grandsons, Zachary (Amanda) and Jordan (Kayla); and great-grandchildren Olivia and Everett; as well as many other family and friends. He was sadly predeceased by his beloved Marjory (d. 2013) to whom he was married for 52 years.

Wayne was born and raised in Melita, Manitoba and married Marjory in 1961. They lived in Calgary, AB, Lethbridge, AB and moved to Kelowna, BC in 1979.  Wayne worked at the Nabisco Corp for many years, until his retirement in 1997. With their retirement, Wayne and Marjory enjoyed their snowbird status and spent many happy winters with their friends in El Centro, California, where he could always be found either at the golf course, the ballpark, or around the fire pit for a social happy hour.

Special thanks to the kind staff on the Kalamalka Ward at Mill Creek for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Spring of this year.


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  • Tom & Gail Dawson says:

    Our thoughts are with Randy & Bryan and Families.
    Tom and Wayne have being good friends since Lethbridge years. We enjoyed golfing and curling together plus ACT/UCT days of fellowship. Our buddy will be missed.
    Tom & Gail Dawson

  • Wes Pajunen says:

    Sorry for your loss. One of my memories was spending the day with him fishing for trout in Kamloops. I think combined we landed a lot of fish that day. Special memory for sure. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • GWEN NORDICK says:

    My deepest sympathy to Randy , Bryan, and families on your loss. I’ll always remember the great times that we shared together with Wayne. May he rest in peace after such a tough battle with Parkinson’s Disease, May your memories give you comfort at this sad time. I’m sharing a family photo that I hope you’ll enjoy.
    Love Gwen

  • John Grant says:

    To Randy, Bryan and families
    When traveling on the road it was always a joy to meet up with Wayne and have a coffee or dinner. His big smile, jocularity and friendliness will always be remembered. He was a staunch ACT supporter and was an active member right up to the end. I will always be thankful that our paths in life had crossed.
    John Grant

  • brian white says:

    To Randy and Bryan and families. We are sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great father and friend of all salesmen. I will remember the great a.c.t and elks hall meetings, and toast to a great guy. He will be missed. Franke and Brian White

  • Jill Weiss says:

    Randy, Bryan and families,
    Wayne and our Mom Shirley Kalcic met at Missionwood and became great friends for their years living there. Wayne was always so friendly, helpful and positive. I know that Mom treasured his friendship. ON behalf of her and our family, our condolences.
    Jill Weiss

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