July 9, 1950 – August 30, 2019
Firefighter…Husband…Son…Brother…Father…Grandpa and Papa…Friend and Colleague.
These words describe Wayne Olsen and his 69 years of living, from his birth in Toronto on July 9, 1950 to his death at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie on August 30, 2019.
Looking back on his life, it’s easy to celebrate the man whose middle name could have been “generosity.” Wayne’s giving nature meant he had time and energy and selflessness for everyone. From helping people to lending his tools and his talent at the cottage, he was generous to everyone.
Wayne was a proud and well-respected Captain with the Mississauga Fire Department, as evidenced by the many awards for his service.
His great loves included his wife, Sue; children, Mark and Kristen; their spouses and his five grandchildren.
Wayne’s other great love was the family cottage on Lake Manitouwabing, near Parry Sound. ON. He built an addition to the cottage and ‘putzed’ forever. He loved boats—any boats—and enjoyed being a captain on the water. Wayne was in his happy place when he was using his hands while doing renovations not only for he and Sue but for friends and neighbours and for his kids at their homes.
Ten years ago, March 2, 2009, Wayne received a new lease on life when his daughter Kristen donated part of her liver for her dad. This gift of life allowed him to attend the weddings of both his kids as well as celebrate the births of five grandchildren.
Predeceased by his father, James “Mac” Olsen, he is survived by his mother Madeline. Wayne is also survived by his wife, Susan; son Mark (wife Kirsten and children Grayden, Holly and Amelia); daughter Kristen (husband Ryan and children, Thomas and Emily); sisters, Linda (Norman), Carol Ann (Gerry) and Janet (Clement) as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues are invited to a Celebration of Wayne’s life on Thursday, September 19 from 4 to 9 pm. Location is the Shriner’s Hall (www.shebashrine.ca) at 142 John St in Barrie, ON.
Please Remember Wayne by signing your organ donor card. You can also contribute in Wayne’s memory to the Trillium Gift of Life Network, www.giftoflife.on.ca.