Wayne passed away on March 3, 2016, at Winchester District memorial Hospital after a brief illness – Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease – that stole his life.
Wayne was born in Cornwall, to Gord and Florence Pulfer on June 23, 1946. He was brother to Judy and Valerie. The family moved to Iroquois, in 1959, where Wayne attended high school and made many life long friends.
Wayne graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1967, and began his teaching career in Cornwall.
After one year, he moved to Ottawa, where he taught math for another 31 years.
After meeting in high school and dating for many years, in 1971, he married Shirley Empey in Ottawa. In 1977, he became the proud father of Tammy and then Krista in 1981.
After Wayne and Shirley retired early in 1999, they returned to Iroquois in 2001, to Lakeshore Drive, and a property that had been in Shirley’s family since 1967.
Together they shared a love of gardening and outdoor projects. Wayne was well known for his “rust garden” and his birdhouse collection – all built by himself, as well as other wood working projects and carvings. He was a true “Mr. Fix-It”.
They also shared a love of travel. They travelled in a small motor home for many years, and spent many winter months in the south, as well as other trips and cruises to various places around the world.
Wayne always had a love of fast cars and his Camaro provided many hours of enjoyment.
Although Wayne never owned a dog, he was very fond of Krista’s dog Jackson, as well as neighbourhood dogs, all of which enjoyed the special cookies he baked for them.
Wayne and Shirley became involved in several volunteer activities and Wayne’s friendly chatty nature made him a cherished friend.
In addition to his wife and best friend Shirley, his cherished daughters Krista and Tammy (Derek Marriner), his much loved grandchildren Everett and Audrey Marriner, Wayne leaves behind his sisters Judy Barkey (Garry deceased) of Iroquois and Valerie Bladon (Terry) of Port Dover, and their families.
He also leaves a special cousin Robert Pulfer (Candy) of Cornwall, and will be missed by Shirley’s siblings and their families – Heather of Moose Creek, Kathy of Beauvallon, Alta, Mike, Roy, Kevin, Joanne and Rosemary, all of Belleville. He will also be remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents Gord and Florence Pulfer, and his son-in-law Matt Buchanan.
Friends and family are invited to gather at the Iroquois Golf Club on Saturday, March 12, from 2-4 p.m.
Donations in Wayne’s memory to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation (www.cjdfoundation.org or by phone at 1-800-659-1991) would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.