Gerald Waynne Champniss
70, of Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 14 surrounded by his family. Waynne is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet (Ambrose); his parents, Gwen and Gerry of England; his children, Michelle (Mike), Marc (Cherie), both of Head of St. Margaret’s Bay; Nicolle (Mario) of Upper Tantallon; and Julia of Timberlea; his brothers Basil (Melanie), Alex (Monica), both of the United States; Kim of Toronto; his sister Karimah (David) of England; his grandchildren Kale, Brendan, Luca and Matteo; his father-in-law, Jack Ambrose of Halifax; and his son-in-law Trevor Arthur of Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. Waynne was born in Surrey, England and he and Janet immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1969 for employment with the provincial government. Over the course of his career, Waynne was employed with IBM (computer operator), the province of Nova Scotia (Director), Nova Scotia Community College (Academic Chair, School of Business) and an IT consultant. He retired in 2007 and he and Janet were able to enjoy many trips exploring new parts of the world. Waynne was a committed community volunteer, spending many years as a Beaver leader with Scouts Canada and a youth soccer coach. He was a founding member of the Halifax County United Soccer Club and president of the St. Margaret’s Bay Recreation Association. Waynne remained very active in the Parish of French Village and was Treasurer and Lay Reader with St. George’s Anglican Church. Waynne will be remembered by his family as a generous, intelligent and driven man who encouraged them to pursue their goals. A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, with Rev. Brieanna Andrews officiating, followed by interment in the church cemetery. A reception will be held at the church and all are welcome to attend and celebrate Waynne’s life. Online condolences can be sent to www.rawalker.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Waynne’s memory to the Parish of French Village Scholarship Fund or community organization of your choice.