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Wayne Hewison
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Post by Wayne Hewison » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:35 pm


I just had a very tough weekend. Early Saturday morning, my father Russell Hewison, past away at the Sunnybrook Veterans Center
surrounded by his closest family members, he was 96. Dad was a veteran of WWII and was part of the Canadian Expeditionary force that invaded Europe in 1944. He was at the Battle of Antwerp, The Schedlt Estuary, and was wounded during the liberation of Holland. As a child, I heard many stories about what happened during the war, and as you can imagine, many of those stories were not good.
Dad always a keen interest in airplanes and aviation and over the years I brought him to the club several times. He really enjoyed the
club atmosphere, it's members and above all, the flying. I have attached a couple of pictures of him so that you can see him at his best. I will miss him dearly.

I took this picture of him after my first solo flight in BIG. He was my witness.
His first flight in a glider

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Post by James Kingdon » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:49 pm

I didn't know what hit me when my Dad died. Sorry for your loss doesn't really cut it. Hang in there.

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Post by tom fraser » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:30 am


Very sorry to hear of your great loss. Our last members of the WW2 veterans ( The Greatest Generation) are fading away quite fast now. My own father who was only 17 when he joined up in 1939 has been gone nearly 30 years now. Glad the two of you had so many good years together. See you soon.

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Post by Rainer Zimm » Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:41 pm

very, Very, VERY sorry for your loss. However one amazing, Amazing, AMAZING LIFE! One GREAT number of INNINGS that no one could "reproduce" !

Be thankful for that Wayne.

Be Well...

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Post by Miguel Londono » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:21 pm


Sorry to hear. I am glad I got to meet him during his many visits to the club. Always with a big smile.


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Re: Sad News

Post by Charles Petersen » Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:40 am

So sorry for your loss. Those of us who have also suffered the death of our father know the devastating shock, and share your pain.

Both of these will fade, and the memories will continue to comfort you.
They will soar on wings like eagles - Isaiah 40:3`

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Post by Ivor David » Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:26 pm

Wayne, you have my condolences on the passing of your father. You were fortunate to have him around for so many years. It's all about the good memories now and I'm sure you have many. It's the order of things that we always wish for but it's not easy when the time comes - as it inevitably does.
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Post by Stan Martin » Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:37 pm

Those were great pictures of your Dad. It hurts when we get separated from those that are closest to us. So sorry for your loss. Time will heal what now feels broken.

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Post by jwlemke » Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:52 pm

My condolences Wayne, to you and your family. Cherish your memories.

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Re: Sad News

Post by garfieldingram » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:33 pm

My condolences Wayne. I can only repeat what has been said by others. I am grateful of our fathers generation who paid the price so that we can enjoy our world (here in Canada), peacefully.

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Re: Sad News

Post by Biggles » Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:03 am

My condolences for your loss. Great pictures and great that you had some common interests.

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Post by don kuehn » Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:52 pm

Beth and I send our sincerest condolences. Both our Dad's served in WW2; Beth's Dad was a navigator instructor in B-24 Liberators (which he absolutely hated). My Dad was in the Army during the 30's and stationed in the Philippines manning a shore battery. He had been discharged for a few years before WW2 broke out and wisely enlisted in the Navy, knowing that he would for certain be sent back to the Philippines had he re-upped in the Army. His LST was involved in one of the last naval battles of the war and was subjected to more than one Kamikaze attack. We miss them both.

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Re: Sad News

Post by Gabor Bodor » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:36 pm

Wayne, please accept my condolences. I just checked in the Forum to see your sad post. I guess he was extremely smart and lucky to survive all those battles and lived a long and successful live.
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Post by Tim Wood » Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:10 pm

Thanks Wayne, Fine Man. Big shoes to fill.
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