Wayne was born in Sarnia, August 15, 1948, to Marie and Ed Westfall (deceased) and grew up in Point Edward, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in chemistry and from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Social Work. He was an adventurer and travelled the world, spending two years in Sierra Leone where he taught as a CUSO volunteer.
Cherished by his attendant care community and nurses, beloved by his St. Lawrence colleagues and students and held dear by all those who knew his poetry, art, friendship, and advocacy for social justice, Wayne's influence will continue to be felt for years to come.
Our Kingston community has been enriched by his dogged pursuit of support for those with disabilities so that all can live as independently as possible. No challenge was too great as he worked for attendant care support, bus service, ramps and curb cuts, to name just a few.
Wayne is survived by his ten siblings: Lyn Westfall/Tramble (Rod deceased) Darryl, Peter (Julie Dixon), Patty (Larry Gascho), Monica (Bill Janson), Colleen, Mike (Joan), Anne (Ron Clubb), Barbara (Barry O'Neil), Jane Westfall and eighteen nieces and nephews.
A tribute to Wayne Westfall appeared in Skeleton Press, published in the "Skeleton Park" neighbourhood Wayne lived in for many years, right up to the very day of his death at home on January 12, 2020.
Read it here
The second tribute appeared in the Globe and Mail's "Lives Lived" column. It was written by Jamie Swift, a good friend of Wayne's. David Craig contributed the photo.
Read it here