Garry "Wayne" Giffin
1942 - 2022
Garry "Wayne" Giffin
Service Information
Service Date
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Service Time
1 p.m.
Service Location
Country Harbour Gun Club
Requested Charity
Antigonish Town & County Palliative Care Society.
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Wayne's funeral service will now be held Saturday, October 1st at 1:00 pm in the Country Harbour Gun Club.

Giffin, Garry "Wayne" age 80, of Goldboro, Guysborough County. We are saddened to announce the passing of Garry "Wayne" Giffin, after a brief illness, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, with his loving wife, Vivian and their families by his side. Wayne was happy to spend most of his final days in his beloved Goldboro home, lovingly cared for by Vivian where they shared stories and memories of their life together.

Born on July 3, 1942, he was a son of the late Parker and Lillian (MacArthur) Giffin of Goldboro.

In 1960 at the age of 18, Wayne left Goldboro to become a RCMP officer and after graduation was stationed in Ontario. In 1975, he returned to Goldboro to operate the family funeral business, Giffin’s Funeral and Ambulance Service; at the same time he operated a carpentry business. It was a credit to the community of Country Harbour and the surrounding communities when Wayne opened a new funeral home in 1991 and renamed the business to G.W. Giffin Funeral Home Ltd. In 2001, he purchased the funeral home in Sherbrooke. In 1997 the ambulance service became provincial; Wayne was instrumental in the design of the EHS model. Wayne’s extensive experience in the funeral business made him a valuable manager of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Plan and in particular the mitigation of the Swiss Air Disaster in 1998. Wayne served on the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia and was a member of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, Guysborough County District School Board, Sherbrooke Village Restoration Commission, Redhead Project and Isaac’s Harbour Medical Center, a member of Liscomb Legion Branch 86.  He held various positions in the former Guysborough County Progressive Conservative Association. Wayne received a letter of recognition from the United States House of Representatives for his valuable assistance to the Select Committee on Assassinations in its investigation of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and subsequent arrest of James Earl Ray.

Wayne and Vivian loved to travel and enjoyed their winters at Four Seasons Mobile Park in Largo, Florida.  They spent much of their time dancing, entertaining, socializing with their many friends, and Wayne’s favorite part, singing.  Wayne looked forward to his daily coffee trips to Frida’s with the boys and games of shuffleboard. The events of the day were always discussed while enjoying the company of friends in someone's carport where Wayne would of course need to point out how many times he "put someone in the kitchen!".  Regardless of where Viv and Wayne travelled, they were always happy to return to their Goldboro home to enjoy beautiful sunsets, home cooked meals, a game of cards, a drive on Wayne’s Harley with his friends, a glass of vino and spending time in the company of family or friends. He enjoyed daily walks with his beloved fur friend, Reba.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Vivian (Hanifen); daughter, Lenora Giffin (Craig MacIsaac), grandsons, Parker and Rhett; stepson, Danny McCarron (Jamie), his children, Molly and Oliver; stepdaughter, Denise (Steve) Hart,  son, Brandon (MaryBeth) MacInnis; sister, Donalda (Ernie) Hafey; sisters-in-law, Nina Giffin, Laureen Giffin and Faye Henderson; several nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides his parents, Wayne was also predeceased by his son, Darren in infancy; sisters, Dorothy Whittier, Rita Giffin, Irene Tremblett; brothers, Aubrey, Oley and Bob Giffin; brothers-in-law, Earl Sponagle, Ralph Whittier, Spurgeon Fraser and Ed Tremblett.

Heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Rice and Patricia MacKay as well as the Home Support Workers, Continuing Care nurses and the entire St. Martha's Palliative Care team who provided such compassionate and dignified care, both in home and hospital for Wayne and Vivian.

A funeral service and a celebration of his life will now be held Saturday, October 1st at 1:00 pm in the Country Harbour Gun Club, with Lewis MacIntosh officiating. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations in Wayne's memory may be made to Antigonish Town and County Palliative Care Society, P.O. Box 996, Antigonish, NS, B2G 2S3. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, a special place in Wayne's heart, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal".☘

Please have a look at the photos Wayne's family has shared.