MacLean, Wayne Douglas, after courageous battles with cancer, passed away at his home in Water Valley on July 26, 2014 with his loving husband, Brent Rock, his family and caregivers at his side. Wayne (also known onstage as Mr. Devon Mills) lived a full and fearless life and maintained an optimistic and spirited attitude with grace and dignity throughout his battle. Wayne was born in Pincher Creek October 27, 1963. While a young boy the family moved to Rimbey, AB formerly and more appropriately known as Kansas Ridge. Wayne graduated from high school a half a year early so he could “get out of dodge”. After attending SAIT, training as an optician, Wayne eventually became the marketing manager for Fort Optical, where he dedicated long hours in the service of the company. Wayne flourished in Calgary and proved to be a presence with which to be reckoned. With the emergence of Mr. Devon Mills, Wayne’s on-stage character, he became a highly successful entertainer. Using this creative outlet he raised much needed money for local charities including Donnie Peters Memorial Cut-a-thon and AIDS Calgary. Nineteen ninety-six proved to be a landmark year for Wayne: he and his partner were married in the United Church. In that same year they opened the Foxwood Bed and Breakfast, where Wayne was a stellar host who could always be counted on for his charm and quick wit. Wayne was “big into Karma” and proud to include the Foxwood in the Kid’s Help Phone ‘Home for the Holidays’ Tour. After selling The Foxwood, Wayne and Brent relocated to Water Valley, where again Wayne played gracious host at The Aspen Café and Gallery. Wayne developed his considerable talent as a watercolour artist and was subsequently invited to show his work with Beacon Original Art, in addition to sharing his art at The Aspen. In addition to his devoted husband, Brent, Wayne is survived by his mother Reta (Morley Dell), brother William (Carla) MacLean, sisters Colleen MacLean (Don Wierenga), Joanne (Keith) Bratten, niece Gillian MacLean, nephew Will MacLean and numerous extended family and friends. Wayne was predeceased by his father James. Wayne also insisted we also mention his beloved dogs Charlie (his little Buckaroo) and Patch. Heartfelt gratitude to the numerous medical staff who were so kind with Wayne’s care. A special thank you to Dr. McGinnis, Dr. Bergh, Dr. Ruether, Dr. Braun and Dr. Ho, Unit 47 at the Foothills Hospital. To Didsbury Home Care for the most amazing care as well as Nurses Next Door for your compassion. Also to Cher Hunter, you are truly an angel. A Celebration of Wayne’s Life will be held at Knox United Church, 506-4th Street SW, Calgary on Sunday, September 14th at 4:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the Church prior to 3:30 pm for pre-celebration music in the Sanctuary with the Rhonda Withnell Trio. Reception to follow downstairs. www.knoxunited.ab.ca
If you so choose, please make a donation to your local Humane Society in honor of Wayne’s commitment to the welfare of our animals.