On Saturday August 20th, 2016 we lost our Mountain Hero, Wayne Roberts. He died peacefully at home, comfortably enjoying the view of Bennett Lake, with Deanna and Michele by his side.
He faced head on the challenges that his July 2012 diagnosis of Mantle Cell Lymphoma brought him. He fought gallantly, courageously and positively but ultimately the cancer proved too much for even a man as strong as Wayne.
Wayne spent his childhood in Sidney and Prince George, BC and made his way to the Yukon as an adult where his outgoing, can-do personality, cemented his involvement in the community he called home, Carcross Yukon. He had a passion for life, especially the outdoors. His curiosity and imagination led him to, on his own, rebuild the Sam McGee trail, now known as the Mountain Hero trail. This trail was the catalyst that makes Carcross an international destination for mountain biking. Wayne was especially proud of the Mountain Hero trail IMBA Epic Trail designation.
Wayne was equally passionate about his photography. He was extremely talented and over the past few years was specializing in capturing Northern Lights. He and his good friend Richard could be found in the middle of the night, in all weather conditions, chasing lights looking for that perfect shot. We will all miss those Facebook posts.
Always available for a ride, a shuttle, a chat, a rant, advice, the loan of bear spray or to lend a hand, Wayne will be sorely missed by his family, the community of Carcross and the mountain biking community.
Wayne is survived by his partner Deanna Conlon, their dogs, Sprocket and Tinker, his sister Michele, (Neil), niece Brianna, (Yann) and nephew Tristan. He is also survived by a large extended family in BC and PEI as well as countless friends all over the world. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Wayne and Doris Roberts.
Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone at Whitehorse General Hospital, the care and support that they gave our family was outstanding. Special thanks to Dr. Sally MacDonald, Dr. Bob Zimmerman, Dr. Alison Freeman, Dr. Alison Madlung, Amanda Parniak, Ashley Beggs, Jennifer Wallace and Prev Naidoo. We cannot thank you enough.
Wayne’s desire to pass at home was made much easier by the care and compassion and support we received from the Carcross Nursing Station, Brook and Tagish EMS Team.
Please join us for a Celebration of Wayne’s life, Sunday August 28th, 2016 from 2-4 pm at the Carcross Community Hall.
In lieu of flowers donations could be made to the Yukon Hospital Foundation. www.YHF.ca directing your donation to Karen’s Room- chemo suite.