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Wayne Lougheed

March 18, 1938 ~ January 10, 2020 (age 81)

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LOUGHEED, Marshall (Wayne), March 18th, 1938 - January 10th, 2020

With sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of Wayne Lougheed, our loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to so many.

Wayne’s journey began in British Columbia, Canada on March 18th, 1938 in Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital with his parents Elizabeth and Allan Lougheed, and was followed by his younger brother, Bill.

His family relocated to Kelowna, Canada, where he met the love of his life, Diane Lougheed, née Stolz. They were married July 1st, 1963 and remained each other’s best friend until the day he passed. It was, as the saying goes, a match made in Heaven. Wayne and Diane’s marriage produced three children, all born in Canada and now living in the U.S.

After Wayne graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in Business, he began learning the ropes in his family’s hotel business. He then parlayed his practical experience into what would become a long and successful career with Avis Rent-A-Car. There, Wayne climbed the corporate ladder to become their VP of Sales. This had him and his young family relocating to several Canadian cities, among them Edmonton, Prince George, Saskatoon, Montreal, Calgary, and ultimately Phoenix, Arizona in 1979.

After fulfilling his obligations with Avis, Wayne decided to try something new. He was a successful commercial real estate agent in Phoenix before branching into security with America West Airlines where he became the Director of Corporate Security.

Wayne loved Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. He started his own consulting company, Aviation Security, where he partnered with the airport and the city of Phoenix. There Wayne remained until his retirement in 2018; yes, Wayne worked until he was 80, because he loved it.

Being his own boss meant that Wayne and Diane were free to enjoy some wonderful holidays and discover their love for cruising again and again. Whenever they could manage it, kids and grandkids were invited along so everyone could all be together for some love, laughter, and a little imparting of wisdom from Wayne when he had them cornered!

At an impressive 6’7”, Wayne’s presence was noticeable not just physically, but was felt emotionally. Everyone looked up to Wayne (initially because they had no choice to!) because of Wayne’s magnetism. He had an incredibly engaging personality, undeniable charisma, and the ability to enjoy a good laugh, even at his own expense.

Wayne enjoyed independence through nearly all of his 82 years…a remarkable stroke of family fortune, as he was never one to be content anywhere except squarely in the driver’s seat. He was a man of many talents, never met a microphone he didn’t like, and with his sheer size and tremendous sense of humor, was always a hit and a coveted Master of Ceremonies.

All that being said, the greatest joy in Wayne’s life was unquestionably his family. He was over-the-top proud of them all and if you were on the receiving end of one of his Christmas newsletters, you knew how true that was. Every accomplishment of each member of his family was proudly noted (with pictures) in the annual newsletter. He instilled the values of confidence and determination in his children and grandchildren. Without doubt, Wayne’s sincere devotion to family and friends was second to none, and his embrace and inclusion of newcomers in any setting simply remarkable.

The world has lost a strong, independent, and generous man who loved life to the fullest. Wayne’s indelible spirit will live on through those who loved him. He is survived by Diane, his beloved wife of 57 years, son Greg (Tana), daughter Lori-Ann (John), and son Geoff (Jen). He also leaves to mourn his 6 cherished grandchildren, Shalyn, Dani, Logan, Hunter, Autumn, and Ava; and 2 great-grandchildren, London and Calen.

Wayne, when we look up in the sky and see that one star determinedly twinkling, we will be sweetly reminded that you are always with us. Fly with the birds – you will always be in our hearts.

A celebration of Wayne’s life is to be scheduled in both Scottsdale and Kelowna, BC at a future date.

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