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Wayne Ralph Rutherford

May 2, 1958 - April 26, 2022


Wayne Ralph Rutherford “Rudy” passed away at age 63 in Nelson, BC, on April 26, 2022.  He went peacefully in his sleep at home with his loved ones by his side.

Wayne was born May 2, 1958, in Dodsland, SK.  He had a strong love for his family, hockey, and the Roughriders.  Work was his hobby, and he was always driven to uplift others.  He loved people and making people laugh.  He and Tara moved to Nelson in 2014 and he enjoyed hosting friends and family: taking them golfing, or boating, or just relaxing on the beach.

Wayne was an avid entrepreneur and started many successful businesses.  It was always important to Wayne that the employees were treated and felt like family.  Wayne left an AWESOME legacy of positivity, respect, integrity, strong work ethic, kindness, and humility.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife Tara Wood, his daughters Melanie Rutherford, Kristyn McCarthy (Kellen), stepchildren, Addie Stowe, Randi-Lee Muniswamy (Dave), Lindsay Stowe, and Aaron Stowe.  His grandchildren Cade, Luke, Shep, and Jedd Meiklejohn, Jayce Rycroft, Carole, Jameson, and Emmett McCarthy, Hosea and Nathaniel Muniswamy, and Harper Stowe.  He was predeceased by his parents Ken and Barbara Rutherford, brothers Dennis and John Rutherford, and son Justin Rutherford.

Wayne wanted to pursue a relationship with God in the latter part of his life and found peace knowing he would be reunited with Justin in heaven.

We will miss him very much.  He was a gentleman, a scholar, and a lifelong friend, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…  🤠

A memorial service will be held on May 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Plenty United Church in Plenty Saskatchewan.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Brenda Richter(Bacon)
Relation: Neighbor

My heartfelt sympathies to Tara as well as all family. He lives on in your heart💜

From: Randy and Janet England
Relation: Friend

Our sincere condolences to you you and your family Sending our prayers and sympathies

From: Brenda & Donnie Hopper
Relation: Friend and co workers

Tara and family we are thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort, Wayne will always be in our heart’s. Love Brenda & Donnie Hopper

From: Heather Mahony
Relation: Coworker

I remember the big heart Wayne had and how he treated his staff like family. My heart goes out to Tara and their family.

From: Harley Stewart
Relation: As a friend and fellow hockey player.

Wayne will be surely missed by myself and all the guys at Sunday Morning Hockey and Lunch Bucket Hockey. He was one who was always positive and optimistic about life. Something we all need to take to heart. Wherever you are Wayne, keep your stick on the ice and keep your positive attitude to help those around you. You are and will be missed. In friendship.

From: Paul Boscariol
Relation: Fellow Lunch Bucket Hockey Player

my condolences to Tara and the family on the loss of such a wonderful person. I only knew Wayne for a very short time while playing Lunch Bucket Hockey. He was always so welcoming and friendly. I will certainly miss Wayne’s presence at Lunch Bucket Hockey.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
May 13, 2022
Beginning at 1:00pm

A memorial service will be held on May 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Plenty United Church in Plenty Saskatchewan.

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