Living Memorial For NSGEU Brother & Friend, Wayne Butler

Our colleague and friend, Wayne Butler, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. With Wayne’s blessing, the NSGEU is hosting a living memorial for him on Sunday, March 8th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the NSGEU office (255 John Savage Avenue, Burnside).

Any NSGEU members who have had the pleasure of working with Wayne in the past, either through his work with his past employer (the Museum of Industry in Stellarton) or during his time with us here at the NSGEU, are invited to attend the memorial so they can say goodbye to him as his journey with us comes to an end and he leaves our world to a better place.

If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to leave a message to Wayne and his family in the comments below!

We hope to see you Sunday.


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23 Responses to Living Memorial For NSGEU Brother & Friend, Wayne Butler

  1. Larry Stewart March 4, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Hey Wayne,
    This info is a shock to me. I just hope you are healthy enough to get some stuff done that you want to do before time runs out.
    Hey buddy, only the good head out too soon. Not sure if I can make it on the 8th but I wish my thoughts are with you as wel all remember your great contribution to in particular, NSGEU. You will be missed.

    • Loran Butler March 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi little brother!
      Hope you have a good day with colleagues and friends. We will be thinking of you as always. Thanks to everyone for all their support to such a great man.
      Wish we could be there today as you reminiscence all the good times.
      Much love,
      Loran and Judy xx

  2. Kim Jenkins March 4, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Wayne, it was a pleasure to work with you for the short period of time that I did. You always knew how to get a laugh out of me, even if we only were able to speak for a short second. I want to thank you so much for welcoming me as your coworker and friend. I certainly will see you on Sunday 🙂

  3. Lisa Bouchard March 4, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    Working with Wayne over these past 10 years has been so enjoyable. We’ve shared many laughs and jokes and his friendship has been such an important part of my life.

    It’s been wonderful meeting his children and seeing the love he has for them and the love they give him in return.

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel” – Maya Angelou

  4. Glenn Kennedy, BOD Member March 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    I always found Wayne to be friendly and a great person to make small talk with. He made it a point to meet and know every BOD member. ‎He impressed me and continues to do so.

  5. Claire Williams March 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm #


    You no longer need to feel guilty, criticized work, government or religion. Who cares! You are a free man.

    You are lucky, you have the chance to say ” Goodbye to family, friends and co-workers”.

    I admire your strength.

    You are a very ” special” person.

  6. Anne Davis March 4, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Wayne and family as time goes by so quickly in life ,we realize how precious our freinds and family are to us, and things we wished we have done, and one of those things for me is not getting to know you better, only seeing you when i was at the NSGEU building , and only speaking in passing, and you where always busy working. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. .

  7. Mike Gillis March 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    Wayne, from the first time I met you at the museum I knew you were a special person. I was so happy to see you come to work at nsgeu and whenever I came to the building we would always have a great chat.
    To you and your family, thanks for sharing yourself with us.

    Michael Gillis

  8. Fred Webster March 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Wayne, What a great time it has been getting to know you and working with you over the years. I must say that no matter the question I had to ask you or for anything I needed to have, you always were very kind in assisting me and during the mobilization occurences my requests at times were repetitive and urgent and not once did you ever complain….. O’k perhaps you did a little…but thankfully it was not directed at me….LOL!!! You always had a joke or a story to tell as well that we both were able to laugh about and it made light of whatever task or demand was at hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of your life. Hopefully you are able to fulfill as many if not all from your bucket list while you are still able to.
    It has been a pleasure sharing many moments along the way with you both as an NSGEU “Go To Person” and as a great friend.

  9. Donald Garrison March 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    I will be there Sunday with you brother! I had a great time working with you and I knew that you always had my back. We had a lot of fun times and I will always remember our morning greetings. I feel fortunate that in the time we worked together, I was able to call you friend. The pranks and hijinks aside, I really valued our time together. Thank you for being you.

  10. Mary Lou Wilson March 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    You always knew what I wanted and where to find it, Even if I did not know exactly what I needed. And you were always there, everywhere at once. You always gave an awesome performance with dignity and passion. All the best to you and yours, may your trip be easy. It has always been a pleasure to know you.

  11. lori March 5, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    Karen McLeod
    So sorry to hear, we remember all the great times we had together. our prayers and thoughts are with you , thanks for the memories xoxo karen & bill mcleod

  12. Sandra Mullen March 5, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Wayne , always enjoyed seeing you at the office and so happy I got to see you in January at the building where even as a guest you were pitiching in, hope you enjoy the day Sunday. make great use of each day..

  13. Deedee Slye March 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Wayne, I can’t make it on Sunday. Wish I could. Loved doing that interview with you and your kids. You are an amazing dad and truly inspirational. You are brave and so very funny. I feel really lucky to have met you and have been able to spend time with you and laugh with you. I hope your body hangs in there longer than everyone thinks and that you are not in too much discomfort. Bodies. They are fussy machines. Love you, my friend.

  14. Tracey Fisk March 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm #


    Thank you for always being there. You to me where the anchor to NSGEU. You looked after all of us and made sure we always had what we needed. You are one of the sweeties men I have known. Sending you many hugs from all of local 42.

  15. Dustin Rioux March 8, 2015 at 3:27 am #

    since my time with NSGEU, you were the first person I would usually see when I entered our members building. You were always hard at work ensuring meetings and lunches went off without a hitch. You took pride in your work and I truly enjoyed our talks. Since you have been on leave, I have missed our usual greetings in the mornings with me asking how it is going and you would reply, “living the dream buddy”. You have been missed and will continue to be missed. It was a true honor to have known you brother.

    Dustin Rioux
    3rd Vice President

  16. Bonnie Halliday March 8, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Wayne, so sorry this damn disease touched your life but happy to know that although it might cast its’ shadow over some of your days, it sure hasn’t cast a shadow on you. You and I didn’t have a long time to get to know each other but it was long enough for me to know you’ve had a lot of HUGE days. Thanks for all the smiles, even on those days we didn’t feel much like smiling.

  17. Krissy Larkin Nickerson March 8, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    I am a NSGEU member but I never met Wayne through work. I met him around 28 years ago when his family moved to my community and I became friends with his daughter Dawnita. Wayne, you were an amazing Dad whom I looked up to. I will never forget your smile or the amazing father you were to Dawnita and Christopher. Seeing this news has brought tears to my eyes as this horrible disease has taking the lives of too many. Wayne, my prayers are with you and your family. Hugs to you all.

  18. Loran Butler March 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Hi little brother,
    Hope you enjoy your day with colleagues and friends. Will be thinking of you as always. Thanks to everyone for all their support for such a great man. Wish we could be there as you reminisce about the good times.
    Much love,
    Loran and Judy

    Love you, Uncle Wayne
    Kelsie and Richard

  19. Steve Newson March 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Wayne, you were the first person I would meet in the lunch room at the old building and the new building for morning meetings. I enjoyed our conversations!

    The other very important thing you shared is… das autos.. Jetta’s! I could see you keep your Jetta in better shape than mine! Of course we know its all about the fahrvenugen, just like life it is the experiences you have!

    I miss that you are not in the office. I hope today was a great day and very sorry I could not be there.

  20. Donna and Vera March 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    Sorry we were not able to attend today but we certainly have you vividly in our minds and are thinking about you.We do not know what is in our future so one must live every minute to the best of their ability.Vera and I will always remember you for being there for us when we always needed a hand at anything for local 34.Vera is now retired and I am still off on sick leave with that dreadful C Word but our hearts are with you and your family.Prayers are coming your way as one just never knows what will be yet.We are grateful we met you.Vera Hopkins and Donna Munroe

  21. Raymond Theriault March 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Wayne, being an activist since becoming a member of NSGEU in 1996, we have had many conversations over the years, The one thing I always remember is that when I entered the building, you were always there offering assistance in any way you could, whether it be to set up a meeting room or to help load something in or out of a vehicle or just have good general conversation, but most of all you were a friend and brother! you were always there, with your warn smile to provide what ever assistance was needed or just to say HI.

    I miss the warm greetings, each and every day, I miss the conversations, and the bright smile you gave while always being happy providing the assistance, we needed. and you always had a joke or two to through in for free, and it always brought a smile to my face.
    I am sorry I could not be there on Sunday, but want you to know on behalf of my self and the members of local 19, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family, you will be cherished, and remembered for the man you are and that you have touched many hearts over the years, it has been an honor to know you and to work with you, God bless

  22. Robert J. Tupper March 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Brother Wayne: I am devasting to find out about you having a cancer and I was so shock to find out thru the email message I got from a Union member and thanks for that message. Brother Wayne you were such a great man and great honor in what you doing at both Union buildings and time to time I often wave to you when I saw you! You were very brave and strong and a wonderful man! I was unable to attend on Sunday since I was busy with other plans. I feel sad since you were too young to get sick!! You always had a bright smile to me Brother Wayne! I am so terrible shaken and shock thru all this and my prayer goes to you and your family! I always so happy to see you and you were so wonderful to everyone! Cheers to salute to this wonderful Brother Wayne! God Bless you and your family always!

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