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It is with deep sorrow that the family of Wayne Albert Carlson, aka ‘Papa’ announce his sudden passing on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his home in Fort Frances.

Wayne was born on August 28th, 1941 in Fort Frances, ON to Lennea Carlson and was the youngest of her two children. The oldest being his big brother Ken, whom he looked up to and loved very much.

Wayne was united in marriage to Judy (Wilson) on May 16th, 1959 and was the love of his life.

For 60 plus years they shared their love for one another.

Their annual trips to Mexico and Sturgis were always the highlights of the year.

Wayne was a highly skilled carpenter with a reputation for building a solid home and building it fast.

He would always pride himself on being on time and putting in an honest days work. These qualities he instilled in his children which they in turn implemented and have now passed down to his grandchildren.

Davidson with Judy holding on from behind. The warm summer air fl owing through their hair and the saddlebags well stocked, in case his mouth got dry.

Later on in his life it was the simple things he loved the most. Spending time playing cards with Judy and tuning into the Jerry Springer Show.

Wayne loved to ask questions. He wanted to know everything about everything, often, to the point of exhaustion. He celebrated his family’s personal victories and always offered words of encouragement when things weren’t quite right.

Wayne would hug you when you walked in the door and hug you before you walked out the door.

Wayne will be forever missed by his wife Judy Carlson; daughters Sherry Carlson, Lisa (Bill) Drazenovich; son Kurt Carlson; brother Ken (Vivian) Carlson; niece Cindy (Art) Illson; nephew Carl (Monica)Carlson; daughter-inlaw Sue Carlson; grandchildren Kurtis, Mitchell (Skylar), Brittany (Kyle), Kailey (Jon), Chelsea, Mark, Hannah and Holly and great grandchildren Hudson “Huddy”, Liam and Stella.

He was predeceased by his mother Lennea Carlson; son Robert Carlson and nephew Albert Carlson.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Donations in memory of Wayne Carlson can be made in his name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, c/o Green Funeral Home, Box 427, 600 Reid Avenue, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3M8.

Wayne would always fill the room with laughter and music. He loved playing his guitar with his family gathered around singing their favourite songs.

We miss you Papa and will love you forever.

You truly were “the best of the best!”