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WAYNE NICKLAS (published on May 31, 2010)



WAYNE NICKLAS Wayne was born in Winnipeg on April 20, 1951 and lived his life mainly in Winnipeg. He grew up in the west end and went to high school at Tec Voc. Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Judy Cook, his mother Iola Nicklas, sisters Sylvia Dalman and Ruth Gledhill (Larry). Also left to remember Wayne are nephews Darcy Dalman (Suzanne), Dale and Kevin Gledhill, Josh Dalman, and niece Nicola Gledhill. Wayne was predeceased by his father Jack Nicklas and nephew Larry Gledhill. Wayne had a very close relationship with his niece and nephews and will be dearly missed by all of them. Family was very important to Wayne and he was especially good at quarterbacking the weekly Sunday dinner at Amma's house. He loved to cook and always took care of the menu choices. He had a special friendship with the dogs of the family, always remembering to put extra food on his plate for sharing. No Sunday dinner was complete without a lengthy and detailed review of the sports week, particularly the progress of the Bombers. Wayne was also blessed to have a large number of close, lifelong friends. Wayne was a well known member of the arts community in Winnipeg and the rest of Canada. His love of live theatre began in his teenage years and continued throughout his life. Some of his most memorable roles in theatre and cinema include: The Odyssey , Guys and Dolls , Up Island , Shakespeare's Dog , Waiting for Godot , Heater , The Saddest Music in the World and New in Town . Off stage, Wayne was the driving force that established PAL, the Performing Arts Lodges, in Winnipeg. His vision energized a community group that is incorporated as a not for profit charitable organization, whose goal is to build senior housing for members of the performing artists in need. An advocate of Winnipeg actors and the acting community at large led to his position of national council representative for ACTRA in Winnipeg. Throughout his illness, his spirits were always good and he lived his last few months to the fullest. He passed away while on vacation with his wife, Judy, on Vancouver Island, on May 25th, 2010. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at CancerCare, to the Manitoba Home Nutrition Program and to the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic. A memorial service will be held on June 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm. at Neil Bardal Inc., 3030 Notre Dame Ave. (across from Brookside Cemetery). Flowers are gratefully declined. Anyone wishing to do so, may make a donation in Wayne's name to PAL, #203-245 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3B0S6. NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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