BOLEN, Wayne - Please join us to celebrate the life of Wayne Bolen (1944-2014) who passed away peacefully on May 25th 2014 at the NBRHC. Son of the late William and Monica Bolen. Loving husband of Nancy (Hawton). Dear father of Pam (Wayne), Brent (Stacy), Lori (Trevor) and Brad. Papa will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Jessica (Scott), Alyssa, Justin (Alysha), Mitchell, Juliet, Ryder, Ryan, Brady and by his great-granddaughter Peyton. Survived by his sisters Roberta, Joan and Maureen. Predeceased by brothers Terry and Allan, his sister Pat and brother-in-law Mike Harnett. Wayne started his career as a carpenter apprentice in Dundalk where he met and married Nancy 47 years ago. After a serious injury he retrained in Orangeville as a helicopter instructor at Caledon Helicopters in 1971. He then moved his family to North Bay in 1972 to instruct the helicopter flight program at Canadore College and worked his summers fighting forest fires with the MNR. After instructing at Canadore for 15+ years he took a job with Hussein Aviation in Timmins. Wayne then went on to work for National Helicopters, Superior Helicopters, Great Slave Helicopters and Canadian Helicopters. He was fortunate to travel the world. "In tears we saw you sinking, we watched you fade away, our hearts were almost broken, you fought so hard to stay, but when we saw you sleeping, so peacefully free from pain, we could not wish you back to suffer that again." Memorial to be held on Sunday, June 1st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 325 Elks Lane, North Bay (off of Trout Lake Rd.). Donations in memory of Wayne Bolen to Canadore College - Aviation Program, 50 College Dr., North Bay, ON P1B 8K9 (Attn Peggy Ledoux). Funeral arrangements entrusted to HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES . Online condolences can be made at HREF=""> Flying together again with Sully!!
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A Colleague and Friend
Posted by Al Gordon (Friend) On Sunday, June 8, 2014
From time to time, you meet a person with character and courage. Wayne was that sort of person and he will be missed by many in the aviation world. Although he has made his final landing his memory will live on. Our thoughts are of Wayne, but our hearts are with Nancy and the family. Bless him. Auldine and Al Gordon.
my thoughts
Posted by Sherry Sullivan (friend) On Thursday, June 5, 2014
So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I have fond memories of Wayne and he was Sully's close friend. Hope you two have met up again. To Nancy and children my condolences, take care, he was a most gentle soul. Fly free.xo
Posted by Linda Thorsen (friend of family) On Monday, June 2, 2014
To Nancy, her children; Pam, Brent, Lori, Brad and their families, our deepest sympathies on the loss of Wayne.

Peter and Anne Thorsen, Sharon, Linda, Tim and Rob.

Our Sympathy
Posted by Paul & Ina Grimstead (Friends) On Saturday, May 31, 2014
We are very sad to hear about Wayne. It was a pleasure to know and work with him over the years. He was a special person. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Sincerest condolences
Posted by Kathy Sim (Rod Crossley's daughter) (Family friend) On Friday, May 30, 2014
My sincerest condolences to the entire Bolen family. May the memories you share get you through this difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts.
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