Matthews, Wayne Fernie

February 19, 1940 – January 17, 2023
at the age of 82 years:     

Wayne passed away peacefully at home at the age of 82.  He was born Feb 19, 1940 in Regina SK. 

At the age of 9, he moved with his mother and sister Valerie to Canoe, BC.  He later served his community as City Councillor for 12 years and was a business owner of Browning & Matthews Insurance.

Wayne was preceded by his parents Don & Phyllis Matthews of Canoe and is mourned by his wife of 60 years Brigitte; two daughters, Mandy Toner, Salmon Arm and Lisa Jensen (Jason), Clearwater; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

No service will be held at the request of the family.


  1. I have only known Wayne for just under 10 years but have enjoyed the many times we have had coffee together. Will always remember him fondly. Our sincere condolences to you Brigitte and family. May he rest in peace.

  2. Brigitte and Family,
    Marge and I send our sincere condolences to you and you family. We think back to the many fun flyouts we had, particularly the one to Wenatchee. So many fond memories, so many laughs.
    Soar high my friend, blue skys and tailwinds………….
    Until we meet again.

  3. A true friend for 50 years.
    You always knew where you stood with Wayne, no BS on serious stuff and lots of it when teasing!
    I will miss him showing up on my deck calling “Where’s my coffee??”
    So many great conversations over many years, …… the hours passed quickly.
    Wayne had a very tender compassionate side tho’ he didn’t often show it.
    He was so gentle with my husband, Cyril, when he was dying……. really loving and caring!
    I like to think of them shooting the bull together now!
    There is a ‘Wayne’ size hole in our lives……. but wonderful memories will help soften the edges!
    Tears & laughter combined…….. the meaning of ‘bittersweet’.
    Safe journey Wayne.
    Love, Phyllis

  4. Brigitte, Mandy and Lisa and family. It goes without saying that Wayne made a big impact on my life. Giving me a job when I was literally green out of the dairy barn. I owe so much to Wayne and I hope he always knew how much I appreciated all he did for me. Working for Wayne was an adventure. There are so many fun memories and laughs that we had over the years. Poor Kathy took the brunt of some of Wayne’s practical jokes more often than not…..sorry Kath as I was part of many of those jokes! How many bosses higher a limo to take his staff shopping in Kelowna for the day – with his credit card to spend too! Not just once but twice Wayne did that. And those trips to Kelowna to take the CNS underwriters to lunch and stop by the winery to get Brigitte a gift. So much fun! Wayne took care of me when I had my breakdown by making sure I didn’t have to worry about a lack of a pay check – his generosity knew no bounds – like his sense of humor. I could go on and on about so many good memories of Wayne. My heart breaks that I didn’t get one more hug in and a “heh Syl what were you thinking!” There is a new star in the sky to smile and wish upon. Sending hugs and prayers to you all! Sylvia and family

  5. I have very fond memories of working with Wayne. He was the best Boss ever and he will be missed.

  6. Thank you for taking such good care of my Dad.

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