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Wayne Christopher Fraser, 28, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 after a long battle with cancer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. with his family by his side.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn (nee Maki) and brother, Robert (Stephanie) of Winnipeg, Man.; and nieces and nephews, Trent, Jade, Robert Jr., and Chloe of Winnipeg, Man.

He also leaves behind good friend of the family, Brian Wilson of Fort Frances, Ont.; paternal grandfather, Alec Smitsnuk; special uncle, David (Sandy) of Calgary, Alta.; Uncle Ed, Aunty Marjorie Broome, Donna Smitsnuk, Leonard Maki, Albert Maki, Bradley Maki, Ronald Maki, Karen Morrin, and Sharon Maki; as well as numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, James on Sept. 27, 2005; and brother, Michael on July 30, 2002.

Wayne was born Aug. 29, 1980 in Sudbury, Ont. During his short life, he graduated with honours from Fort Frances High School in June, 1999.

He worked at the Fort Frances Day Care, Fort Frances Times, Good Impressions, a co-op student at Safeway, the Barwick mill, and most recently Wal-Mart.

When not working, he volunteered for many organizations, always giving freely of this time.

Wayne enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, going for walks, wrestling, listening to music, but most of all spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Anyone who knew Wayne would recognize his smile and his big heart because he was always willing to go that extra mile for anyone.

And last but not least, his great sense of humour, which kept him going even through the hardest days.

He will be sadly missed by family and many friends.

Wayne’s wishes were to be cremated.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Church in Fort Frances, Ont., with Pastor Sean Ward officiating.

The family would appreciate in memoriam donations to the United Pentecostal Church.