Funnell, Wayne Valentine

Born: Feb 14, 1945
Died: Mar 04, 2019


FUNNELL, WAYNE – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Wayne Funnell, 74, of New Hamburg after fighting a courageous 8-month battle with cancer.

Wayne is survived by his devoted wife and best friend Gail.

Chosen dad of Ric Stark and his wife Melanie, Tami Bandoni and her husband Scott, all of Kitchener.  Very proud papa to Ethan and Olivia Stark who brought unending joy to his life.

Survived by sisters-in-law Carol Funnell of Kingston, Sandra Lubenkov (Frank) of Waterloo; brother-in-law Bob Hisko of Kitchener.

Predeceased by parents Cyril and Mary Funnell, brother Bud Funnell (2009), sister-in-law Lynda Honsberger (2017), also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wayne worked at B.F. Goodrich (1966) for 17 years before joining Epton Industries (13 years), and Royal Group Technologies, Toronto (5 Years) as Manager of Health – Safety.

Wayne started his own business (Wayne’s Handiworks) in 2001 and retired in 2016.

In 2007 Wayne and Gail moved to the Stonecroft Community, New Hamburg, where Wayne assisted many friends & Neighbours with his amazing “Fix It” Talents.  On December 29, 2018 Wayne was so honoured and proud to receive the first” Wayne Funnell community service award”.   Wayne also served on the condo board as secretary for 2 years and then as president for 1 year.

Wayne enjoyed ball hockey, pickle Ball, walk fit, and many other hobbies too numerous to mention.

Sincere thanks to Grand River Cancer Clinic and WWLHIN (Home Care) and most of all our Stonecroft family.

Friends are invited to attend the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg.  Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.  Funeral service will take place at the funeral home, Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. Dave Hammer officiating.  A Celebration of Life to follow at Stonecroft Community Centre.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated (Cheques Accepted).

Personal condolences and donation information available at

Visitation Information


Mar 08, 2019


3 - 5 & 7 - 9 p.m.


Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Service Information


Mar 09, 2019


1:00 p.m.


Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
Google Map

Interment Information


Although charitable funds are sent directly to the charity, please remember to contact us directly to give a card from you to the family in memory of their loved one.

Canadian Cancer Society – Waterloo Region
380 Jamieson Parkway,
Unit 12
Cambridge, ON
N3C 4N4
(519) 249-0074


Condolence from Betty Watson sent on March 8, 2019

Thinking of you on this sad day. Sorry I’m not able to attend. Please accept my condolences.

Condolence from Paul & Marie McCusker sent on March 8, 2019

Gail and family, our hearts are heavy and sad. We will miss Wayne forever. Although we are not there, know we are with you in spirit. We will celebrate Wayne’s life with you when we return in May. With love, Paul & Marie & Calina

Condolence from The Rowan, Mayrand and Gagnon Family sent on March 8, 2019

Our deepest condolences Gail, Sandra and Family! You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in one another during these difficult time.
Sending you all a big long distance hug! All our Love, Sheri/Mark/Darcy Rowan Dayneka, Georgie Mayrand and Loulou/Bob Gagnon and family.

Condolence from Joan & Al McLennan sent on March 8, 2019

Dear Gail

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Wayne,he was such a friendly nice caring person,who would do anything for you and the community .He will be missed.

Joan & Al McLennan

Condolence from William F. MacKay sent on March 7, 2019

Dear Gail and family, please accept my condolences on Wayne’s passing. I know from my personal experience about the challenges and the grief you have and will be experiencing. You and Wayne have been in my prayers each morning since he told me about his cancer and you will continue to be in my prayers as you deal with his loss.

Condolence from Ronald Del Guidice sent on March 7, 2019

My condolences and thoughts are with you , dear cousin Gail.

Condolence from Diane & John Badger sent on March 7, 2019

Dear Gail and Family,
It’s always been clear to us that Wayne was a true gem. We’re so sorry that you’ve lost him, far too soon. Sending much love and big hugs,
Diane and John

Condolence from Del Guidice Family: Ronald,Denise,Ginette,Paul, Lucie and Mark sent on March 7, 2019

To our dear cousin Gail and her children…

Your are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of great sorrow. We offer you our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Joyce Allard sent on March 7, 2019

Dear Gail
Sometimes there are no right words.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
You have my prayers.
cousin joyce

Condolence from Marjorie (Landers) Pellar sent on March 7, 2019

So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. My Mother and Wayne’s’ Mother were sisters and I was proud to carry Mary as my second name, I have many warm memories of Wayne & Bud as youngers.
My deepest sympathy to your family.

Condolence from Louise Karouche sent on March 6, 2019

My condolences Gail and family my prayers are with you and tip Wayne thinking about you luv Louise.Tanya and Steve

Condolence from Ken & Jennie Mulholland sent on March 6, 2019

It was with sadness we learned of the passing of a very fine gentleman. Wayne had touched many of our lives in so many ways and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gail and family at this difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences Wayne was a remarkable man and made a difference in the lives of many people in our community.

Condolence from Bruce & Jane Leis sent on March 6, 2019

Our hearts go out to you Gail and family as you mourn the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. We enjoyed “walking with Wayne” at our exercise sessions. He was a great help to our committee responsible for getting a home set up for our Stonecroft Refugee family. Whether it was moving items or putting up blinds, he was quick to volunteer his time and cheerfully got things done! We will be thinking of your family in the difficult days ahead and hope your good memories help to ease your pain.

Condolence from Joan and Steve Campbell sent on March 6, 2019

Dear Gail and Family,
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you during this sad time. Wayne was such a wonderful man who will continue to inspire us all.

Condolence from Heide Guil sent on March 6, 2019

I am sending heartfelt condolences to you, Gail, and to your family. Wayne is at peace now. Peace be with all of you, as you grieve.