David Grant Bayne
Bayne, David Grant ~ (July 8, 1945 – July 31, 2014) ~ RCN, LCdr (Ret), passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Hospice Wellington after a very brief illness. Family meant everything to Dave and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for those he loved. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Liz) Bayne and his wonderful children Michelle Karker (Michael) and Peter Bayne (Jennifer). He was a proud Grandpa to Austin, Riley and Rachael Karker and Cate and Amanda Bayne and a devoted son of Francis (Frank) Bayne of Guelph, ON and Gladys Bayne of Barrie, ON. David was a brother, an uncle and a friend to many throughout this wide world of ours.
Dave served Canada as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years first as a MARS officer then as a Pilot. He was a graduate of VENTURE (Naval Officer Training Centre (1965) and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) (1976). Dave’s career has spanned many facets of military and commercial aviation and he was most recently Director of Flight Operations for George Weston Limited. He was fortunate to have had a vocation which he loved and never considered to be work. Dave always embraced adventure and he and Liz travelled extensively throughout this amazing world of ours. Their favourite place was always "the Cottage" at Chance Harbour, Nova Scotia where family and friends would meet and celebrate being together. Dave was a respected leader and mentor to many within the military and aviation industry. His ability to recognize the capabilities and talents of individuals was remarkable. He was a loyal friend and colleague who considered others before himself. Dave had a great life but had so many plans for the future. The family is devastated that this disease brought down such a strong man, a loving man, a man who seemed at times larger than life, in such a short period of time.
Friends are invited to meet with the family at the Hanlon Convention Centre, 340 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A celebration of David’s life will commence at 2:00 p.m. with Father Kevin Bothwell officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Wellington, the Juravinski Cancer Centre or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your condolences and donations online.