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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the funeral service will be postponed until such time that the entire family will be able to attend. Announcements will be made at that time.
In memory of
Wayne Craven
April 02, 1941 - April 23, 2021 - Age 80

FUNERAL POSTPONED

Wayne Thomas Craven slipped away quietly, gently on Friday, April 23, 2021 at age 80. He leaves behind his beloved family, wife and touch stone of 55 years Sandra (Brown), his two sons, Boyd (Sherry) and grandsons Darrian and Cooper, and Mark (Sasha) and grandchildren, Eleandra and Blake; sister-in-law Marlene Craven, cousin Nicki (Bradshaw) Hudec; in-laws Darlene and Norman Keeler, Lori and Darcy Moch; numerous nieces and nephews; many dear friends, especially Ken and Missi. He was predeceased by father Milton ‘Mickey’ Craven, mother Mary Craven-Williams, step-father Alec Williams and brother Ron.

Wayne was blessed with an abundance of gifts, gifts which he used wisely to create a rich and fulfilling life. In 1961, Wayne accepted a position as ‘nightman’ at CHAT Radio, thus beginning an eight-year association with the company. His deep rich voice, good looks and easy-going personality suited a career in broadcasting and he flourished. Time spent at CHAT Radio and TV, provided opportunities to hone skills which would serve him well in business, politics and the Arts. From 1969 to 1973, he operated P. Lawson Travel Agency. In 1974, he became a partner in Century Homes/Craven and Hall Real Estate, with brother Ron and Fred Hall.

In 1963, Wayne joined the cast of South Pacific, his first musical. This began a fifty-year commitment to community theatre using his talents to act, produce and direct more than 35 plays and musicals.

1989 saw Wayne enter the political arena. Such was the public’s on-going support, Wayne served a total of six terms, each time leading the polls.

His sense of community stemmed from his formative years living on the Flats. “People sat on their porches, you could smell the cooking, hear and see kids playing. You knew your neighbors.” He spoke with such pride and respect.

Away from the lime light, however, Wayne the husband, the parent was a quiet, introspective individual. Relaxing to jazz, puttering around the yard, enjoying the ‘noises’ of grandchildren and family gatherings grounded him.

Cancer took his life, but not his soul or our memories.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions,  the funeral service will be postponed until such time that the entire family will be able to attend.  Announcements will be made at that time. Those who wish to remember Wayne with a donation, may do so to either the S.P.C.A., Meals on Wheels or the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Wayne Craven

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Message from Vivian & Leon Moch April 27, 2021
Thinking of you during this difficult time. Our sincere condolences to Sandra and all the family.
Vivian & Leon Moch
Message from Toby and Doug Anderson. April 27, 2021
We would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. Wayne will be dearly missed in our neighbourhood. We’ll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Toby and Doug Anderson.
Message from Sue Masterman April 27, 2021
Sandra and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wayne will be greatly missed by many in this community.
Sue Masterman
Message from Ron and Karen Reimer April 27, 2021
Sorry to hear the passing of Wayne. Sincere condolences Sandra, and boys. We had lots of fun with Wayne and yourself through the hockey years. Will miss his humor and common sense approach. He was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this tough time.
Ron and Karen Reimer
Message from Linda Penner April 28, 2021
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Wayne - husband, father and grandfather. I didn't know him personally, but seems like a really good guy!
Linda Penner
Message from Dorothy Barton April 28, 2021
I am so sorry in your loss of Wayne,known his folks and your folks for years, now he is at peace, take care.
Dorothy Barton
Dorothy Barton
Message from Dianne Hanson. April 28, 2021
Sandra and family. So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. You are in my thoughts. Take care. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Dianne Hanson.
Message from T Meek April 28, 2021
To: Sandra and Family, So sorry to hear from my son Ryan Marshall about your loss of Wayne....
..Our Sincere Condolences to all the family. I am sure he will be missed by many!
SIncerely,
Theresa Meek AKA Terry Marshall, Terry McQuiggin 🙏🏻❤️
T Meek
Message from Wendy Anderson April 28, 2021
So sorry for your loss Sandra. ❤️
Wendy Anderson
Message from Lenora and Dale Stein April 29, 2021
Sandy, Boyd, Mark and families, we are sorry for your loss and share in your sadness of Wayne’s passing!
Lenora and Dale Stein
Message from Karolyn Harker April 29, 2021
Sandra, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and Wayne have always had a special place in my heart. My condolences to you and your family.
Karolyn Harker
Message from Hank Aasman April 29, 2021
My condolences to Sandra, Boyd, Mark and Family. Sorry for your loss.. Wayne was a great guy! He was the perfect example of what a hockey Dad should be like!
Hank Aasman
Message from Jack & Maira Devin April 29, 2021
Sandra, we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family. Wayne was a great boss to me at Century Homes.
Jack & Maira Devin
Message from Arlene (Wagner) Skow April 29, 2021
Sandra...so very sorry for the passing of your husband Wayne. My sympathies to your family.
Arlene (Wagner) Skow
Message from Mickey & Sharon Todd and Family April 29, 2021
Please accept our condolences, we are very sorry for your loss.
Mickey & Sharon Todd and Family
Message from Jami-Loy Heller April 30, 2021
Sandra,
So sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Take care.
Jami-Loy
Jami-Loy Heller
Message from Joan and Bob Wanner April 30, 2021
Sandra and family : Wayne was a caring was a good man. He was successful in business, evidence of that is in properties around our city. In politics as a councillor I recall several passionate speeches at the council table. When he disagreed with some one he was never personal nor did he ever hold a grudge. Once the majority had decided he supported the direction. His contributions to the arts in Medicine Hat will be remembered well into the future. He was one of those rare community builders who recognized that the arts and culture were critical to success in business. Culture was not a an add on it was integrated into the fibre of our city. Above all that he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He shall be missed but not forgotten. Bob and Joan Wanner
Joan and Bob Wanner
Message from Claire and Dianne Liefso April 30, 2021
Mark, Sasha, Eleandra and Blake, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Claire and Dianne Liefso
Message from Barry Dooley April 30, 2021
Sandra
Please accept our condolences on your loss
Cherish those memories. God be with you
At this sad time. Barry and Vy Dooley.
Barry Dooley
Message from Derek Seitz April 30, 2021
Boyd and family
Sorry for your loss,,,,, he was a great man
Prayers and condolences
Derek Seitz
Derek Seitz
Message from Bill Cocks April 30, 2021
Sandra, So many fond memories and good stories to tell. Wayne was an asset to his community but he was also a fine husband, father and friend. Your loss will be acute. I'm so sorry for that. May it be a comfort to know that he will be missed in so many ways by so many people.
Bill Cocks
Message from Janice Niwa May 01, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you And the family.

May the love of God give you peace
May the love of friends give you strength
May the love of Wayne remain in your heart and give you strength through the system ahead.

My sincerest condolences.
Janice Niwa
Janice Niwa
Message from Pat and Shelley Patience May 01, 2021
Sandra. Both you and Wayne were important to me starting way back in the Medicine Hat drama days. I hope and believe he knew that he was a role model to me in many ways in the years following. A very good man Condolences from us.
Pat and Shelley Patience
Message from Hal & Shelley Benson May 01, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Sandra , Boyd & Family & Mark & Family. Hold all those memories over the years close to your heart. Wayne was a very special man. Hal enjoyed the many conversations he had with him over the years. Hugs to all...XO
Hal & Shelley Benson
Message from Rich and Anne Carrier May 02, 2021
Sandra and Family. Ric and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne. A wonderful person in every way and we are sure you will cherish all and any special memories. Best wishes to all
Rich and Anne Carrier
Message from Patrick Lawrence May 03, 2021
Sandra, Boyd, and Mark.......my deepest sympathies are extended to you, as you navigate these difficult times..............your husband and father was a man that all of us, that got to spend time with him, were all better because of that.........Boyd and Mark, you are a testament to how good a father Wayne was..........what I will always remember, are all those coffee breaks downtown, chewing the fat about politics, hockey, and any other world problem that needed solving.............always the best dressed man in the room..............miss him...........
Patrick Lawrence
Message from Marilyn Crisp May 03, 2021
Sandra and Family
So very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was amazing in every way!
One of the very best city counsellors that Medicine Hat ever had. His knowledge and dedication and caring were exemplary. Wayne shall be missed in this city.
Marilyn Crisp
Message from Deidre Giesbrecht May 04, 2021
I was so very saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. Wayne was a wonderful volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program with a terrific community-minded heart. Volunteers like Wayne are what make the difference in Medicine Hat. He will be greatly missed.
Deidre Giesbrecht
Message from Dawn Knowles May 05, 2021
Sandra, Boyd, Mark and family. I was so sorry to read of Wayne's passing. Cancer is a cruel mistress that robs us of our loved ones. Lean on one another in the days ahead and know that Tanis, Katharine and I are holding you in our thoughts.
Dawn Knowles
Message from Dennis Leroy Treiber May 06, 2021
Sandra / Mark / Boyd and all families connected ... Your loss is deeply felt . That darn Big C is not anything one wants to invade your comfort life. WE grieve with you. God has his way of knowing when the time is for Wayne to find peace. May he RIP
Memories can never be taken THAT is a Blessing.
In our case high school / teen dances / drama/ Wayne had attended our wedding of 59 years past. His CHAT radio days /and always having time to share many issues about the City he was so proud of . We are so glad he made his 80th year and all the wonderful excursions Sandra and family can keep in their heart. May each of you hold those memories dear. . GOD BLESS Sending our deepest condolences Dennis & Donna Treiber (
(nee Ostrom )
Dennis Leroy Treiber
Message from Randee and Al Guscott May 06, 2021
Sandra I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Take comfort in all your wonderful memories.
Randee and Al Guscott
Message from Murray & Julie Rogers May 07, 2021
Very sorry for your loss.. Had fun working with Wayne on Camelot. He was a great guy, and gone to soon. Our thoughts are with you. Stay well!
Murray & Julie Rogers
Message from Don Munro & Heather (Richard) Munro May 07, 2021
So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. My brother & I were friends of his when we all lived on 4th street (the flats). I know he will be sadly missed.
Don Munro & Heather (Richard) Munro
Message from Bill & Monique May 07, 2021
Sandra, we are so sorry for your loss.
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Special memories of Wayne will always live in your heart.
Bill & Monique