In Memory of

Wayne

Herman

Tuokko

Obituary for Wayne Herman Tuokko

Wayne Tuokko passed away on March 15th,2023 at the age of 81 years old. He is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (2011), and his grandson, Nicolas (2015).

Wayne was born at Pinawa Bay (near Lac du Bonnet) on March 30, 1941, and grew up in the same area. He loved to share stories of being a kid growing up and spending time with his siblings which included Velma, Albert, Polli, Paul, Raymond, Miriam, and Marlene.

Wayne met the love of his life, Elizabeth (aka Liz/Bessie) (Asmundson) Tuokko, in 1966, and they married soon after and had two children. Sons, Jamie, and Tyler, remember their dad being very committed to working for Winnipeg Hydro, heading out in many storms to ensure the community had power even in Winnipeg winter conditions. He had a true appreciation for his work and even collected the odd glass insulator over the years. Prior to working for Winnipeg Hydro, Wayne worked for Inco which gave him the opportunity for some Canadian travel.

Outside of work, Wayne spent many hours throughout his life walking through the bush and showing a true love and respect for the outdoors. He was keenly interested in Indigenous culture including the many petroforms that can be found throughout Manitoba and spent time researching and documenting them in the Whiteshell area. After Wayne retired, he volunteered with the University of Winnipeg to conduct research into Indigenous archeology. He also spent time reading books, studying maps and enjoyed a good curling game on the television.

Wayne enjoyed visiting with family and friends, including his in-laws, Dave and Pat Asmundson, and childhood friends Wally Hrychany and Eric Tagesen, and enjoyed telling stories from days passed. He prided himself in his ability to navigate the forests and waterways, and care for his home and yard.

Jamie (Jana Thorsteinson) and Tyler (Margarita), along with grandchildren, Skyler, Noah, and Olivia will miss visits with Wayne. He was a kind, gentle man with a quick sense of humour and a big heart who never asked for much.

Wayne also had great enjoyment out of visiting with the dogs and cats in his life. He spent many hours enjoying Jamie and Tyler’s animals.

For the last six months Wayne resided at the Donwood Care home. The family would like to thank the staff for their support and kindness.

A gathering will take place on Sunday, March 26 at 1 PM at Neil Bardal Funeral Home, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue. Remarks will be shared at 1:30 pm. A private burial will take place at a later date in Elizabeth’s hometown of Westbourne, Manitoba.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Lac du Bonnet & District Historical Society, PO Box 658, Lac du Bonnet, MB, R0E 1A0 or
Humane Society https://winnipeghumanesociety.akaraisin.com/ui/whsdonations/donations/start