Dr. Temple died peacefully and unexpectedly at his home in Courtenay B.C on “World Soil Day.” He leaves behind his brother, sister-in-law and two nieces of Maple Ridge, BC. (Alec, Linda, Deanna, Nicole.)
Also missing him are many friends and colleagues locally and on the lower mainland, Europe, U.K, New Zealand, and Nepal.
Wayne was dedicated in his service to his work and his community. Beginning with the co-creation of a seaweed fertilizer, he went on to Agricultural Research where he specialized in soil reclamation and mentoring students and farmers in their related specialties and crop growth goals.
B.C Agriculture, the Fraser River delta community of Farmers and Conservationists (1981- Retirement), the Comox Valley community of Organic Growers and Farmers (2010-2021) all benefited from Wayne’s professional, supportive and meticulous qualities, and interest.
Wayne cared for the essence of a project, no matter how small as many a back yard gardening friend will attest. In the last five years, Wayne turned his hand to help local vintners and with his barley growing expertise, to the creation of alcohol spirits. This project has been enthusiastically supported by both friends and foe and a Vancouver Island sourced Whiskey will soon be available.
Activities Wayne loved were walking/hiking in nature, cross-country skiing, cycling, and car-camping. Many BBQs were enjoyed, and he was especially good with BBQ salmon. Wayne made an excellent salad and created a delicious Curried Perogi recipe, a winter favourite. An artist at heart, Wayne beautified his house and yard with art and native species.
Wayne is greatly missed so we give Thanks for his achievements, his generally quiet, sometime sardonic, caring, and thoughtful place in our lives. Rather than flowers, donations can be made to the Delta Farmland Wildlife Trust.
A local service was held on May 1st, 2022, at Amara Farm.
To send flowers to Wayne's family, please visit our floral store.