Lawrence Donnelly

Wayne Donnelly

Wednesday, August 18th, 1937 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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Lawrence "Wayne" Donnelly – Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends. Wayne and Dorothy marked the milestone of their 58th wedding anniversary on April 21, 2020. Dorothy was the love of his life and best friend. Unfortunately, Wayne was taken to hospital, diagnosed with cancer and died one week later on April 28, 2020. He was the son of Ferman and Reba Donnelly; father of Craig and wife, Dawn; Christopher and wife, Monika; Kimberly and husband, Eric; grandfather of Madeline and husband, Tye; Samantha and husband, Caleb; Benjamin, Amber, Heather, Peter, and Tamara. Wayne was a gifted educator and innovator, always putting his pupils first, as a principal and teacher. He touched the lives of countless students over the course of his career. He was very involved in many church and community projects and programs. He worked on the East End Beautification Committee, β€œThe Wetlands,” which included the Canadian Flag that greets people every time they enter Orangeville. He was also a prolific reader, avid writer, engaging conversationalist, and possessed a love for language. Wayne was a country boy at heart, growing up on a farm, enjoying his natural surroundings, and sharing his life with birds and animals of all kinds.
Donations in memory of Wayne can be made to Headwaters Health Care Foundation or Ontario SPCA Orangeville and District Animal Centre.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
A tree will be planted in memory of Wayne in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at
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    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    14 Cemetery Rd
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Lee & June Moir

Posted at 08:00am
WE remember Wayne and Dorothy when they lived on Church Street and beyond. Fond memories of them and the children over the years. Our prayers are with Dorthy and the family. Lee and June Moir.

Anthony Hakim

Posted at 02:53pm
My condolences to the Donnelly family. My girlfriend and I walked our dogs in front of Dorothy and Waynes house every day and Wayne would always be ready for a treat to give to them. They loved him and I know Wayne loved them too... I regret not bringing them back for a visit after moving away :( Here is a picture of them for old times sake

Moira Barbour

Posted at 03:40pm
Dear Mrs. Donnelly.
I am sending my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband. My 3 children, who are all over 40 yrs. old now , were very fortunate to have been in Mr. Donnelly"s Science classes at Centennial Senior Public School in Brampton. He would phone me every year to commend my husband and me on the way we had raised our children to be respectful and good students. I will always remember his kindness and concern for being not only an educator, but a very thoughtful gentleman and I appreciated that very much. My thoughts are with you and all your family at this sad time.
Moira Barbour

Gary Murray

Posted at 11:28am
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband/father, Wayne. As a member of the Finch family I have a special feeling for your loss, especially Dorothy. As a Dufferin County educator I have many fond memories of Wayne. I know he will be missed.

Michael Stewart

Posted at 04:02pm
Michael Stewart
My most sincere condolences to you Dorothy and your family. May all your memories comfort you in the days ahead, God bless you always.

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