It is with great sadness that Hockey NL announces the passing of the late Wayne Hounsell.  Wayne’s unexpected departure has left a profound void in the lives of his family, friends, and the countless individuals whose lives he touched throughout his remarkable journey.

Born January 28, 1948 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Wayne’s adventurous spirit and passion for the outdoors defined much of his life. As an avid hiker and adventurer, he found solace and joy in the rugged landscapes of his home province, where he cultivated a deep appreciation for nature that he shared generously with those around him.

Wayne’s dedication to education spanned decades and nation-wide, having served as a respected teacher whose influence extended far beyond the classroom. His commitment to shaping young minds was matched only by his enthusiasm for competitive sports. One sport in particular he cherished deeply as both a player and coach was hockey. In more recent years, Wayne served as Vice President of the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Association and Vice President of the Stephenville Jets.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Wayne was a devoted family man whose love and support knew no bounds. Son to Emma Jane Hoddinott and Philip Clarence Hounsell, Wayne leaves to mourn his wife Beverly Hounsell, son Bradley (Krystina), sister Sandra (Dave), brothers Derek (Mary) and Henry (Kay), and sister-in-law Joan (Doug) along with many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Wayne’s legacy of kindness, integrity, and passion for life will continue to resonate in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to call him friend, colleague, or family. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the profound and irreplaceable impact he had on our lives and honor his memory by embracing the values he held dear. Wayne’s warm smile, gentle guidance, and unwavering presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM at Russell’s Funeral Home, Stephenville. The memorial service to commemorate Wayne’s life will be held on Friday, July 5th at 3:00 PM from St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. Flowers would be gratefully received, or contributions may be made to a charity of your preference.