Wayne was raised in a tamarack log house in the northern Ontario wilderness , 40 miles southwest of what is now Thunder Bay. He left home at 13 to attend high school. He became a licenced tradesman, and became a shop foreman at a large car dealership, and later managed a Canadian Tire automotive repair centre.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees through part-time and summer studies at Queens University, University of Toronto, and Lakehead University. He went on to teach both technical and academic subjects in two different high schools over 35 years. He retired as Director of Technical Education for the Atikokan Board of Education.
While teaching high school, Wayne served as Director of the famous Outers program, Canada's longest running high school credit wilderness programme. This complemented his lifetime of activity in many aspects of outdoor adventure.
Wayne was invited to join the staff of Souris River Canoes in 2000, to handle sales and delivery. Repairing canoes and general maintenance fill-in much of the off-season. For more than a decade, the winter and summer sports show circuit would find Wayne and his wife Ida on the road and working the display booths. As Spring arrives and road conditions improve, they would spend several weeks on the road in the delivery truck and trailer, traversing the highways both in Canada and the United States.