RED DEER, Alberta, Canada – Wayne Kartusch passed away peacefully on July 28, 2022 at Michener Hill Extendicare in Red Deer.
Wayne was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he attended elementary and high school before earning a hockey scholarship to the University of Michigan. There he met the love of his life, Myrna, who eventually became his wife. They married in 1965 in Ironwood, Michigan, and dated nearly 54 years before his death in July 2018.
Wayne was a hardworking and highly respected educator and administrator in the Regina Catholic school system, serving as a teacher, principal and superintendent.
Wayne’s lifelong passion, outside of his family, was hockey. After his playing career, he became an official in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and the Western Hockey League, then coached the Regina Pat Blues, winning Coach of the Year. in 1976. At the end of the 1977 season, Wayne assumed the role of president of the SJHL, a position he held for 26 years. Additionally, he has taken on many other roles in hockey over the years and has received many honors and awards, including being inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, an honor his father, Mike, received. in 1984.
Outside of his hockey and education commitments, Wayne was an incredible role model to his children, Mark, Lisa and Mick. He was a loving dad to his grandchildren Andrew, Nathan, Matthew, Kate, Noah and Layla. He always enjoyed receiving updates on his grandchildren’s athletic and academic achievements.
Wayne spent summers and spent time with his family and extended family at their home in Ironwood. He played a lot of golf at Eagle Bluff where he shot his only hole-in-one and loved the scrambles he regularly attended.
Although Parkinson’s disease limited his mobility during his 25-year battle with the disease, Dad remained quick-witted. He was able to follow his favorite sports teams (the Montreal Canadiens, Green Bay Packers, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Michigan Wolverines) and proudly wore their logos.
He will be missed, but our memories and his legacy will be cherished with great pride for many generations to come.
We are grateful for the kind and loving condolences that poured in at news of his passing. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation in her honor should contact the Parkinson’s Association of Saskatchewan.
Online condolences can be shared at wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca/obituary/Wayne-Kartusch.