With broken hearts the family of Wayne Bedford Jardine announce his sudden passing on May 29, 2021 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Wayne bravely endured cancer, but it became a difficult a battle in recent days.
Born in Florence, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Mabel and Wallace Jardine. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Doreen, daughter Kim, son Kyle, daughter-in-law Sylvia and his greatest joys- granddaughters Lindsey (Jaytona) and Lily. He is also survived by brothers Melvin and Grant (Kaye) Jardine and sisters Sheila Mulrooney and Mabel Jardine-MacNeil, and an extended loving family of sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He we will also be very much missed by his Cocker Spaniel companion, Zoe.
Wayne retired from the Department of Transportation, Steel Bridges Department. Family will always think of the Seal Island Bridge, in Boularderie, as his bridge. Never one to be idle, he worked as a “volunteer supervisor” with Kyle’s business, Loch Bhreagh Excavating and Trucking.
He was always community-minded, from little league baseball to ensuring the people in the fire department had training and equipment; participating in a Canada Day parade to supporting the Atlantic Burn Camp, and more projects too numerous to list. He served as a member of the Big Bras d’Or Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years, most recently as Fire Chief. He was also a long-standing member of the Royal Oak Masonic Lodge #85 and Philae Shriners.
Wayne was an excellent story-teller and loved sharing a good joke-and some not so good jokes too. He was unfailingly kind and generous to family, friends and strangers.
He was completely devoted to his family, to his community and to Cape Breton. He loved to be surrounded by family and friends, and had a special soft spot for children. He was happiest when all the family were home for summer vacations and holidays. He loved to fire up the BBQ and feed everyone in sight-whether or not you were hungry.
He was a pillar of his family and the community. Our lives are so much richer because of him and the world will be an empty place without him.
Wayne’s family would like to thank paramedics Lee and Jerome, and the doctors, nurses and staff of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Emergency Department and floor 4B for their care and compassion.
Donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Big Bras d’Or Volunteer Fire Department and the Philae Shriners Travel Fund for Children, or the charity of choice. Donations to the Philae Shriners Travel Fund for Children may be sent to: Philae Shriners, 3530 Connolly Street, Halifax, NS B3L 3R3.
A funeral service for immediate family members will take place. A memorial service for Wayne will follow at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com .
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