Wayne Robert Ackerman

Wayne Robert Ackerman passed away peacefully on October 1, 2015.

Wayne was born to Elizabeth Helen Cumming and Robert Edward Ackerman on December 26, 1938 in Rorketon, MB. In 1946 the family moved to Canoe, BC, where Dad and his two surviving brothers, Rae and Ted, grew up and had many adventures on the small family farm.

In 1960, Wayne married his high school sweetheart Margaret Schulz; they were married for 21 years. After getting married, Wayne went on to become a successful Chartered Accountant. His career took him briefly to Kamloops and Williams Lake before settling in Prince George in 1964. He later moved to Vanderhoof, where he retired in 1996.

In 1997, for outstanding career achievements as well as outstanding service to the community and the profession, Wayne was awarded the designation of Fellow Chartered Accountant, an honour of which he was extremely proud.

Wayne and Marg had two children, Derek (1963) and Paige (1967). Derek and his wife Julie had two children, Troy and Kendra. He had to settle for grandcats from Paige and her husband Kirk who live in North Vancouver, BC. In 2006, Wayne moved to Cranbrook to be closer to family.

Over the years, Wayne volunteered countless hours of his time to Kiwanis, Rotary, and Ducks Unlimited. Wayne enjoyed travel, fishing, and watching the geese and other birds on the river, from his front yard in Vanderhoof. He also took it upon himself to adopt, feed, and care for, feral cats that took up residence on his property, naming each and enjoying their aloof companionship. Helping others, human or animal, was always a high priority; all who knew him will miss his gentle kindness, honesty, and generosity.

Wayne’s family would like to extend special gratitude to the staff at Joseph Creek Care Village for their exceptional level of care during the past four years.

Memorial donations are unnecessary, but may be given in Wayne’s honour to a reputable charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. 

An informal gathering to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held at Burrard Yacht Club, 10 Gostick Place, North Vancouver, on Friday, November 6th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please join us to share your experiences, anecdotes, and any stories of the times you spent with our Dad. If you are unable to attend, please remember our Dad by raising a glass to him, or paying someone a kindness on his behalf.

Please feel free to share any cherished thoughts or memories of Dad with us by email to derek.ackerman@shaw.ca or paige_ackerman@me.com.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.


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