Wayne Lightfoot

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Lyle Wayne Lightfoot

Suddenly, in his 82nd year, Lyle Wayne Lightfoot passed away at Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe at dawn on Tuesday, January 19th. The second eldest son of a loving, tightknit family of four sons and one daughter, Wayne was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on October 9th, 1939. His family moved to Hamilton from Aylmer during the Second World War where he was raised and spent his early adulthood before the country life lured him back - first Hagersville where he and Judy had a small farm outside of town and later their acreage near Simcoe. His presence will be missed by his son Kevin (Shelly), daughters Kimberley (Gary) and Sheila (Mark), grandchildren Megan, Austin, Kaitlyn and Hunter, younger brothers Ron (Evelyn) and Craig (Wilhelmina) and sister, Crystal, a score of nieces and nephews as well as his dear companion and friend, Mary Thurgood. Wayne follows loved ones to his Lord’s embrace, including his wife of more than 35 years, Judith Ann (Judy), eldest brother John and mother Nora and father, Lyle. Wayne was known for his gentle touch around standardbred racehorses, both on and off the racetrack beginning at the fall fairs throughout southern Ontario and eventually leading to some of the sport’s top tiers, including a driver’s championship from the Woodstock Raceway in 1972. His intense competitive spirit emerged early on the baseball diamonds behind the family home at 1411 Upper James Street at Barton Park and later when he wore #77 for the Burlington Braves Football Club. His athleticism was briefly recognized by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who invited him to their training camp. As his dark hair gracefully whitened over the years, he could still be found competing on ice sheets at the Simcoe Curling Club or the fairways at Lynn Meadows/Port Dover Golf and Country Club. Wayne initially pursued a career in the sheet metal trade but quickly joined the Hamilton Police Department and later the Burtch Correctional Facility where he served as a correctional officer for 25 years before retirement. During retirement, he was active in the Simcoe Gentlemen of Harmony Barbershop chorus when he wasn’t crafting toys for his grandchildren or household furniture in his woodshop. To know Wayne was to appreciate his deep devotion to his faith which he practiced daily and when he attended services at the Emmanuel Bible Church. Wayne lived independently until his final hour and enjoyed his own company but valued the precious time he spent with Mary; and he also could make a stranger feel at ease with kind words that were backed with a conviction of faith. Due to public health restrictions, family members will be celebrating his life at a private funeral at Hyde & Mott Chapel in Hagersville on January 28, 2021 with internment at the Hagersville Cemetery.  www.rhbanderson.com

I Corinthians 2:9
"As it is written:
What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived
the things God has prepared
for those who love him."


Posted by Carol and Moe Dorie on
We so enjoyed visiting with Wayne, he spoke often of his family and love for them. His kindness and care for others was what we noticed the most, always sharing in words to lift up others and not bring attention to himself. When we drive along Cockshutt Road, we will continue to take a look over to see if Wayne is home, and know that he is truly home!
Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and to Mary. Carol and Moe
Posted by Patti Pepper on
From Wayne's friends at Simcoe Curling Club, our sincerest condolences to Wayne's family. We are so sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed Wayne's company when he was a member.
Posted by Dan Pearce on
I'm so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I enjoyed curling with him and always looked forward to talking to him after a game. Wayne always had good advice to offer as well as interesting stories to tell about his time on the Hamilton police force. His presence at our club will be missed.
Posted by Jackie MacGregor on
My thoughts are with with Mary and Wayne's family. His beautiful obit does Wayne justice.
Posted by Gary E. Marshall on
Our sympathy to Mary and Family and the Lightfoot family. Wayne was a gentle gentleman. It was always a pleasure talking with Wayne at the Curling club, on the golf course or over a cup of coffee. He will be missed.
Gary and Mary Lou Marshall
Posted by Carleen rusmhton on
My condolences go out to Wayne’s family today as they mourn the loss of a great guy. Back in our boating days, we would visit with Wayne as he was visiting his good friend Jack in Dover. From there on , he would be there for a chat at the pier or advice or if I needed anything cut with a saw. A man of God who loved family and friends & let you know it. He will really be missed ! Rest,in Peace Wayne . Sincerely, Carleen Rushton
Posted by Jim and Cindy Vynckier on
Mary and the Lightfoot family,
It was always a pleasure to see and talk to Wayne at the curling club. He will be missed. Hopefully your memories of those wonderful times together will help you through this difficult time.
Posted by Ruth & John Marshall on
We first met Wayne through Mac Anderson when John & Mac golfed.
Met him again at Emmanuel church.Each week Wayne always took time out
to make sure to say hello.Wayne smile lifted so many hearts
Wayne Rest In Peace deepest sympathy your family and Mary
Absence from the body present with the Lord John Marshall8
Posted by Ron a nd Sandy Wellings on
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and Wayne’s family. We were saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing. We met through the curling club. A true gentleman, his smile and friendly ways will be missed.
Posted by Raymond Thompson on
Since we first met Wayne a sincere friendship developed and continued throughout the ensuing years. Wayne was easy to get to know because of his warm and winsome personality. But added to that friendship we enjoyed sweet fellowship in the Lord Jesus. Wayne loved to fellowship with other believers and share his spiritual journey with family and friends He was a man of character, compassion, consistency, conviction, courage and , commitment. The greatest legacy one can pass on to family and friends is not money or other material things but rather a legacy of character and faith. We will miss Wayne and we’re so grateful we were privileged to know him. Our sympathy and prayers to the entire family circle and to Mary as they grieve their great loss.
Posted by Werner and Susanne Zurbuchen on
Wayne will be remembered and missed as a faithful and friendly usher at Emmanuel.
With sincere sympathy and prayers to the family and Mary.
Posted by Werner and Susanne Zurbuchen on
Wayne will be remembered and missed as a faithful and friendly usher at Emmanuel.
With sincere sympathy and prayers to the family and Mary.
Posted by Catherine on
My condolences to Kevin and his family. His father was a dynamic man. I have quite good memories visiting him when he lived in Hagersville. May he rest in peace.
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