Obituary of WAYNE DOUGLAS DURKEE
Master Warrent Officer Wayne Douglas Durkee was born to Alison and Elaine Durkee on October 27, 1971 in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. He passed away on January 7, 2024 after a fight with cancer. Wayne is survived by his loving wife and best friend Catherine Durkee, his cherished sons Jessie (Katelynn Stonehouse) Sebastian ( Kayla Wagner);his grandson Joshua, his brother Troy Durkee(Carrie Steidel), his sister Heidi Durkee ( Jonathan Ernst) brother Joshua Durkee, mother in law Isabelle Connors, brother in law Warren Connors (Amy Connors)and his friends who are family David and Sherry Fredette.
Wayne had a long and dedicated career with the RCAF, which sprung from his youth as a cadet. Wayne had a desire to serve from a young age and after graduating college in Yarmouth he joined the RCAF as an Aviation Systems tech. This career took him Catherine and the boys to various postings including Shearwater, Petawawa, Goose Bay and his most recent posting to 435 Squadron in CFB Winnipeg. When not working Wayne could be found hiding away at their trailer with Catherine, fishing with his sons, and enjoying a beer by the lake. If you couldn’t find Wayne in the hanger you could find him by his smoker.
Even at the end he found a way to smile and laugh, and hold onto the grumpy facade that we all knew and loved. Wayne will be remembered for his grumpy wit, quick laugh and his clearly evident love and pride for everyone around him.
We all love and miss you Wayne.
A memorial service for Wayne will be held at the 17 Wing Chapel at 2235 Silver Ave. Winnipeg Manitoba, on Monday January 15, 2024. The service will begin at 1:45pm.
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