Obituary of Wayne Homan
March 8, 1943 – Consort, Alberta
May 28, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
Laurence “Wayne” Homan was born on March 8th, 1943 in Consort, Alberta. He passed away on May 28th, 2022 in Calgary at the age of 79. Wayne spent his childhood in Veteran, Alberta. As the eldest child of four, he had many stories about helping his father on the farm, family gatherings, and playing sports. He enjoyed a loving relationship with his parents Lester and Ilene, his siblings Rick, Carol, and Dixie, and childhood best friend, David Gorcak. It was through David, Stephanie’s cousin, that he met the love of his life when they were teenagers.
In the early 1960s, Wayne moved to Calgary to attend SAIT. He graduated with a Chemical Engineering Technologist certificate, and later obtained his 3rd Class Steam Ticket. While in Calgary, Wayne and Stephanie re-connected and were married on February 27th, 1965. Their beloved daughter, Connie was born in Mayerthorpe, Alberta. The family of three lived in Whitecourt for two years before relocating to Calgary.
Wayne had a varied career working in oil and gas, real estate, and commercial building maintenance. In the 1960s and 70s, he worked for Pan American in Whitecourt, and Western Cooperative Fertilizers in Calgary. In the 1980s, he obtained a real estate license and sold farms, ranches, and acreages, in southern Alberta for P.J. Toole & Cote, Cowley & Keith, Ram Realty, and Coldwell Banker. He also owned and operated a number of residential rental properties in Calgary. Following his career in Real Estate, he worked as the Maintenance Manager for St. James’ Church and North Glenmore Park Community Association.
Wayne was a very proud husband, father, and grandfather. He influenced his family’s life by sharing his beliefs, attitudes, and values. He always had a lesson, a long-winded story, advice, and wise words to share. He was incredibly proud of his favourite and only child, Connie. He loved raising Connie and taught her everything a girl or a boy needed to know. He taught her how to ride a bike, throw a baseball, skate, golf, and drive. One of Wayne’s most cherished vacations was driving Connie and Stephanie across Canada in the summer of 1977 in the family’s 1975 two-tone green Chevy truck. Enjoyable trips to visit family in Vancouver, Coronation, the Crowsnest Pass, and Radium were frequent. Another memorable summer adventure was climbing the Crowsnest Mountain with Stephanie, Connie, cousin Irene Hauck, and Stephanie's brother and mother, Joe and Stella Mraz.
Wayne had a very special relationship with his grandchildren and was always willing to help them in any way possible. Whether it be shopping for a car, assisting with a move, attending a basketball game, chatting about world events, or supporting their various educational and career choices. He was especially proud of Bret’s work in the fashion industry with his company 9597. The same pride was evident in his support of Chloe James Colt’s music. He accepted his step-grandchildren from the first day they all met. Wayne was pleased to have a lawyer in the family and attended Elise’s bar call. Her partner Barnaby was a welcome addition, as he was another ear to listen to his stories about sports. He had a very sweet connection to his autistic step-granddaughter, Amanda, and looked forward to visits with Sean when he visited from Vancouver. Papa Wayne was a loving, supportive example of a grandfather.
Wayne was also Mr. Fix-it, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. From repairing appliances, automobiles, completing home renovations, dealing with electrical, and plumbing– there was no task too complicated or beyond his skills and know-how. When Connie, Bret, or Chloe needed any help, he was always willing to assist and share his knowledge in the form of a lesson. Wayne welcomed whole-heartedly the help, support, and love received from his son-in-law Brian after he and Connie were married in 2015. The two had serious discussions about the successes of their family, politics, and the latest wins and/or losses of the Calgary Flames and the Stampeders.
Playing cards, doing sudoku and puzzles, reading the Calgary Herald daily and gardening kept Wayne’s mind sharp to his final days. He was very passionate about sports and played hockey as a teenager. He watched endless hours of sports including football, baseball, hockey, basketball, curling, golf, wrestling, and tennis. Until the end, he remained faithful to the Flames, Stampeders, Toronto Raptors, and Blue Jays. He started curling in 1965 and curled every Friday night for 42 years. He was a member of St. Gerard's Curling Club and later the ARC curling club. Wayne was an active member of the Turner Valley Golf Club and the Western Swingers– a group of lifelong friends who enjoyed traveling to various golf courses around Alberta, B.C., and Montana.
Wayne will forever be missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Stephanie “Stevianne” Homan, his daughter Connie Homan-Doherty (Brian), siblings Rick Homan (Yvonne), Dixie McKenzie (Ted), brother-in-law Tom Heidecker, beloved grandchildren, Bret and Chloe Stankowski, step-grandchildren, Elise, Amanda, and Sean Doherty, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Wayne is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Carol Heidecker, sister-in-law Joan Drevenak, and brothers-in-law Joe Drevenak and Joe Mraz.
Wayne, you will always be a part of our hearts. Know that you are and will be forever loved.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 10, 2022, starting at 1:00 pm. Celebration of Life and Reception to follow at the North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Dr. S.W. Calgary). Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Wayne Homan, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.