Surrounded by his loving family, Wayne Wong of Edmonton, Alberta, peacefully passed away on 4 October 2014. He was a devoted husband to Jayne for 56 years, and a dedicated father to four beloved daughters: Anne (Conan) Wong, Leila (Rodney) Tin, Millie (Clement) Cheng, and Gina Wong (Jack Parker). He also leaves to mourn his three spirited and independent grandchildren: Kristopher Tin, Evan Wong, and Alex Cheng, who will miss their grandfather’s fascinating stories about his many journeys in life.
Wayne immigrated to Canada as a young boy, and embraced his new country for its diversity, equality, and many opportunities. He was proud to be a Canadian, and will be remembered for being a pillar of the community. He was always eager to explore–semicolon– was an ardent supporter of education–semicolon– and remained an avid reader and learner, until his final days. A love of nature and a fascination with light, guided him to a professional career in photography, where it was his honour and privilege to meet many Edmontonians and record their important milestones and memories. As a result of being behind the camera lens for so many decades, Wayne became an astute observer and exercised a meticulous attention to detail. His keen observations of subjects and their surroundings allowed him to capture indelible images that continue to be cherished for generations. He was a long-standing member of the Alberta Professional Photographers’ Association (APPA) and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Wayne’s dedication to quality and excellence earned him his Master of Photographic Arts, and for his numerous professional contributions he was awarded an Honourary Life Member designation.
His fierce perseverance, determination, commitment, and positive attitude served him well, and many were blessed to learn valuable lessons from him during his 80 years of life. Wayne’s thoughtfulness and conscientiousness were often remarked upon, and will be sadly missed. Forever a gentleman, he was quick to offer gratitude to those who helped him–semicolon– extend a hand when required–semicolon– and he never forgot a name. His approach to life and his charm touched many, and we are forever grateful for the time that we spent with him.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Vernon Chichak and Dr. Marcello Shibata for their exemplary professional care, dedicated service, and remarkable compassion. Wayne had the highest respect for you both, and was honoured to have you as his physicians who championed his cause. He often expressed his appreciation for all the efforts that were made on his behalf.
A private family gathering will be held to celebrate Wayne’s life on Saturday, 11 October 2014. In lieu of flowers, and for those inclined, the family asks that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared with the family and sent to: Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5K 1R5.