Wayne Thomas Virtue passed away on February 13, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox. He was born in Saskatchewan in 1946 but spent almost all his life on the west coast.
He was passionate about many things. When he lived in Powell River he was a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years. He was the one who climbed in the cars to help people who were trapped. When he moved to Courtenay he became an avid motorcycle rider. At one time he had three motorcycles and took turns riding each of them. Most days he enjoyed going to the “Dub” to meet up with riding groups to talk mostly motorcycles. Wayne also worked hard for several years for the “Ride for Dad”. His dedication and good nature made him a great ambassador for the cause.
He was also a dedicated shopper for Compassionate Resource Warehouse and with his wife was able to send truckloads of goods to people in the world who have absolutely nothing. He loved to go to Texas to all the Harley dealerships, gun shows, comedy places and even to hockey and baseball games. He enjoyed the different things about Dallas and loved spending time with his adopted daughter.
He loved life and had an out-of-the-box sense of humour. We will all remember his contagious laugh, great smile, his compassion for others and his great love of the open road. Along with being a member of SCRC, he always supported other clubs in their charity causes. He will be missed by his family and all his riding brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Naida Panchishin, his son Matthew and daughter in law Alison, his youngest son, Stewart, daughter Laura-May, adopted daughter Stephanie Panchishin and brother, Gary and sister-in-law, Meridith.
A viewing will be at Piercy’s Funeral Home, 440 England Ave on Saturday, February 20th from 3:00 – 5:00pm.