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DINSMORE, Wayne Allan

November 2, 1936 — May 3, 2023

Wayne Dinsmore of Kelowna, BC, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his parents, Lila & Fred Dinsmore; parents-in-law, Mary & Walter Hala; brother Dale Dinsmore; brothers-in-law, Edward Hala, Philip Hala, Don Hala and Cal Oxelgren; grandson Tyler Dinsmore; and great-granddaughter Quinn Nameth. Wayne leaves to cherish his memory: his beautiful wife Jane (Jean) Dinsmore; his children, Rick (Colleen) Dinsmore, Brent (Allison) Dinsmore, and Tara (Neil) Magrath; grandchildren, Kristin (Matthew) Nameth, Lisa (Devin) Jones, Chelsey (Brent) Calibaba, Tessa (Travis) Orr, Savannah (Ben) Dinsmore, Erica Dinsmore, Meghan (Gaetano) Magrath, Curtis Magrath, and Sarah (Colton) Huybregts; his great-grandchildren Karson, Conner, Emily, Benjamin, Nathan, Claire, Tenli, Thompson, Taves, and Sophie; siblings Garry (Beverly) Dinsmore, and Carol Oxelgren; brother-in-law Lloyd (Gertie) Hala; as well as many other extended family members.

Wayne was born and raised in Colgate, SK. Once he graduated from high school, Wayne went to Teacher’s College, then he decided to shift careers. He started his early career in many different jobs including the bank which moved him around to various communities. Wayne decided to join the automobile industry working as a Comptroller at Elmer Service in Weyburn, SK, he then moved the family to Regina, SK where he continued working as a Comptroller with Lakeside Chrysler. In 1975, at the age of 38, Wayne went into partnership with his brother Garry and co-owned and operated a successful Automobile Dealership in Estevan, SK called Dinsmore Dodge.

In 1960, Wayne met the love of his life, Jean, and after 8 short months they were engaged to be married. Wayne and Jean were married on May 20, 1961. They were happily married just short of 62 wonderful years. Wayne and Jean lived and raised their family in Estevan, SK. Wayne retired in 1994, at the early age of 57. Wayne went on to spend his winters in Mesa, Arizona with his loving wife.

Wayne had many hobbies, he was an avid Camper, a member of the Elk’s Club, a Volunteer Fireman, Fisherman, Golfer, Hunter, and was a Competitive Pool Player. Wayne and Jean moved to Kelowna, BC in 2011. In his most recent years, Wayne spent his free time doing puzzles, walking, playing pool multiple times a week, and spending time with family and friends. Wayne has always loved his social happy hour and meeting new people. Wayne was a humorous, loving, and proud man that cherished each and every one of his family and friends. Wayne’s humour continued right up to the last moments of his life.

Wayne will forever be missed and remembered by all those he’s left behind.

A Celebration of Life for Wayne will be held at a later date in Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Childhood Cancer Canada or any Children’s Hospitals in Canada.

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  • Carolyn Cauton says:

    Wayne was a wonderful friend and I have many many fond memories of Good Life fun with Wayne and Jean. My condolences to Jean and family.

  • Pat Ford says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the family.

  • Doug & Donna Cooney says:

    Understanding & feeling your loss. Wonderful & so meaningful that family was able to share time with dad/grandpa together before his passing, & be there to support & grieve together

  • Alvin and Cindy Nameth says:

    Our condolences to the family.

  • Denise Shillingford says:

    In my teenage years I likely spent more time at the Dinsmore home in Estevan than I did at my own home. I remember Wayne calling me “Denisie” and I remember the day he brought home the coronet for Tara to drive. Those are just a couple out of a million memories that I cherish. You all hold a very special place in my heart. My deepest condolences and much love to Jean and the entire Dinsmore family.

  • Judy Sheppard says:

    Dear Jean and family, Sincere condolences on the passing of Wayne. Thinking of you and sending hugs. Judy and Lowell Sheppard

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