Obituary of Wayne Devitt
J.Wayne Devitt died peacefully in his 78th year at the Port Colborne Hospital on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 after an almost 21 year battle with cancer. Wayne leaves behind his wife of 54 years Patti, his daughter Melissa, his son Michael (Amanda) and his grandchildren Lila and Gibson. Wayne also leaves behind his 2 brothers, Larry (Susan) and Terry (Judy), his brother in law Warren (Carol) Alder as well as his nieces and nephews. Wayne adored his family and loved creating memories with them. Wayne is predeceased by his parents, Jean and Carl and his Aunt Helen. His Aunt Pat resides in Summerland, BC.
Shortly after marrying, Patti and Wayne moved to the Niagara area from the Durham region. Wayne began his teaching career at A.N. Myer Secondary and remained there for his entire 30 year career. Wayne was an excellent educator and coach and taught all that he came into contact with perseverance, integrity, commitment and sportsmanship. He was affectionately referred to as "Mr. Myer" and his photo is gracing both the Myer Sports Wall of Fame as well as the City of Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame.
When not teaching or coaching, Wayne enjoyed traveling and instilled this love in his children and wife. The family travelled extensively throughout the USA and Europe after his retirement. Wayne also actively participated in hockey, coaching in Pelham and gardening. Wayne took great pride in his gardens.
The family would like to thank the countless healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and aides that have been on this journey with Wayne. His team at Hamilton Health Sciences; Dr. Davis, Dr. Shayegan and Dr. Hotte were nothing short of exemplary and fought for Wayne to have 20 additional years with his family and friends. To the Niagara team of EMS, PSW's and palliative care nurses, we thank you. You were a bright light in a very dark storm. Lastly, a heartfelt debt of gratitude and love to Dr. Tim Tatzel, Wayne's primary care doctor. Dr. Tatzel and his team (Lana and Vi) were always there to support and comfort. Dr. Tatzel attended to Wayne at his residence during this last month and we cannot ever begin to express how incredibly grateful we are that doctors like Dr. Tatzel exist.
A celebration of life will be held at A.N. Myer Secondary in Niagara Falls, ON on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 1-4 PM. The celebration will take place in the school's cafeteria.
A private family ceremony will be at the family cemetery at a later date. Donations, if you would like to honour Wayne, can be made to Cancer Care Ontario (prostate), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, or the Niagara SPCA. Arrangements are entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services.
A Celebration of LifeDate:
January 28, 2023Start Time:
1:00 pmEnd Time:
A.N. Myer Secondary, 6338 O'Neil St, Niagara Falls in the school's cafeteria. https://goo.gl/maps/LxMGkQ4Z4M5Rppag6
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