Wayne was born on November 22, 1942 to Ed and Ada Collingridge in Rossburn, MB. They completed their family with his younger sister Rowena (Larry) a few years later. Wayne was a loving husband to Leora, father to his daughter Darla (Roque), and sons Craig (Janelle) and Troy (Joellene), stepfather to Tara (Mike), Michael (Lana) and Angela (Glen) as well as a proud and loving grandfather to Chelsey, Brooke, Yasmin, Elena, Skyler, Austin, Anderson, Levi, Madison, Mackenzie, Ainsley, Nash, Lukas, Reece and Jakob. Wayne spent a great deal of time as a young lad on his family's farm with his cousin Tom, fondly known by Wayne as The Lad. In later years, Wayne developed a deep friendship with a fellow farmer in the area. He and Wendell gossiped daily. Wayne was dearly loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Wayne was a farmer at heart and an entrepreneur, dedicating most of his life to the purebred hog industry. Many of the heritage breeds owe their existence in Canada to Wayne’s perseverance to establishing or maintaining this industry. Wayne and Leora ran semi-annual auction sales as well as marketing hogs worldwide for at least 50 years. They established a network marketing system with other farmers where the purebred Berkshire meat was exported to Japan.
Wayne had a well rounded personality that everyone enjoyed. He could make friends with anyone, anywhere. He loved the Iowa State fair, the Minnesota Twins and Nashville, Tennessee. He loved to help his family and his friends with anything they asked. Wayne was a great storyteller, all his stories were true, although perhaps slightly embellished. The loves of his life were his family, especially those fifteen grandchildren.
Private funeral service will be held. Interment will take place in the Rossburn Cemetery.