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Obituary for Wayne Chandler Cleveland

Wayne Chandler Cleveland

A limb has fallen from our family tree as we announce the passing of Wayne Chandler Cleveland on July 19th, 2023, at the age of 87, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Wayne was born on March 7, 1936 and was the only child of the late Mark and Frances Cleveland of Blandford. He trained as a diesel mechanic and provided for his family at his job at HMCS Dockyard for 35 years. He was a talented athlete, playing hockey and softball well into his seventies. He was also an avid outdoorsman. He loved splitting wood, working in his garden and running a Christmas tree lot where he took such joy in helping local families back to the lot to pick out their perfect tree. He got the most enjoyment in his hobbies of salmon fishing and hunting though. There was never any lack of stories around these topics; you just had to make sure you had an hour or two.

Dad had a deep love and commitment for his community and there is no question of his positive impact on the community of Blandford. His volunteerism was extensive as he served as a volunteer firefighter for a time in Blandford, a member of the Chester Municipal Recreation Commission, a member of the I.O.O.F. in Blandford and in recent years the Margaree Salmon Association. His proudest achievement for his community was being a founding and long-time member of the Aspotogan Recreation Association and then one of the members of the building committee for the Blandford Community Centre. Despite his busy schedule, there was always time made to go camping and take various adventures with the family. In his retirement he and Mom enjoyed spending time at their cottage in the Margaree, and also exploring much of Canada and even a bit beyond.
Left to mourn him is his one and only sweetheart, his wife of nearly 62 years, Carolyn; his three daughters and son-in-laws, Christine (Tim) Wentzell; Mary Ellen (Ralph) Shatford; Opal (David) Myrden; grandchildren, Jeremy, Nathan (Kelcey), Cassidy (Jeff) and Jillian (Marc); and his wee twin great-grandsons Jackson and Bennett. Wayne is also survived by his dear Aunt Betty Zinck, and so many more family members and dear friends who loved him deeply.

The family would like to express our deep thanks for the guidance and care from the Palliative Care Special Patients Program, especially nurse Melanie Spence and Dr. Patricia Caldeira and the V.O.N. Society of Lunenburg County nurses who helped us fulfill Dad’s final wish of passing away in his own bed at home.

Wayne’s family will host a celebration of his amazing life on Saturday, August 5th from 11am-1pm at the Blandford Community Centre. It was Dad’s wish that in lieu of flowers please consider donating to the “Roof Replacement Fund” for the Blandford Community Centre. Donations can be mailed to 30 Firehall Rd., Blandford, Nova Scotia, B0J 1T0 or etransferred to Online condolences can be made to

Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Dad managed his illness with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. In his final days, he was surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, who he adored more than anything else in the world.

“Grieve not for me,
remember the BEST TIMES,
the laughter, the song,
the good life I lived while I was STRONG.”