Wayne Addison

Profile Updated: November 30, 2018
Where do you live now? Kitchener, ON Canada
Are you married, single,? Single again
Do you have children? If so how many. Tell us about them. Christopher, born 1980, now father of 3 of my grand children; Dayna, born 1982, mother of my other 3 More…grand children; Jeff, born 1983, now a musician performer and artist in Toronto.
What do you do for a living? Or are you lucky enough to be retired? Part time retired, part time accountant and consultant, musician & motorcycle rider
Do you like the idea of our NDHS web site? Yes
Yes! Attending Reunion
Do you have any memories of your high school years? Tell us!

I have many high school memories, some good, some not so good, but if I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing. I'm still surprised that as many of us 'guys' have survived and grown older as did.

Are you looking forward to the reunion?

I was at the final reunion with my '59 Ford Galaxy for the car show. It was a great day.

Do you still have family around Norwich?

My family was in Otterville and most of them are still there, in the cemetery.

How often do you get back to Norwich?

I was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Norwich for a number of years. Sadly, the lodge had to fold up due to dwindling membership, but happily it amalgamated with the lodge in Delhi.

What do you do now?

I have a house in central Kitchener, no mortgage, and my part time accounting and consulting business in my house. That keeps me busy about 1/2 days average. It's great not having to commute anywhere to work, especially in winter.

How did you get into that line of work?

When I was at the end of high school days, I was in grade 13 and not doing well. Mr. Klassen, my guidance councilor, helped me make application to Conestoga College, a new school. I fortunately was able to attend the college and got a business diploma and a job with an accounting firm right after graduation. I started working then right downtown Kitchener and, now I'm winding things up at my age, and I am still living and working within blocks of where I started. Man, where did all those years go?

What did you always want to do that you haven't done yet?

I have been blessed to have done that one big thing left on my list. In 2014, in celebration of turning 65 yrs, I did a 14,000 km solo motorcycle tour to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. I tried to do another tour out to BC in 2016. I ended up cutting that tour short while I was in the Rocky Mountains when the weather turned wet and prolonged, so I turned toward home. I now believe that the climate has already changed for Canada for the worse. Long distance bike tours no longer appeal to me - too dangerous.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In the nice weather months, I do a lot of riding out around the townships' countryside. In the colder months, reading, playing some dobro on a regular basis, walking my dogs.

How old do you feel?

I don't feel anywhere near the age my birth certificate states. Being in my 70th year, I have arthritis issues, bad back from an old injury while working on a tobacco farm and so on. I try not to let these things stop me doing something.

Any grey hair yet? Women don't have to honestly answer this one:)

Yes, it's almost all grey, both hair and beard. The colour of my hair doesn't matter as long as the hair doesn't fall out. So far, so good.

Did you have any nicknames in school?

Yes, some called me "Shifty". It wasn't a reference to my character, it had to do with the 3 transmissions I blew out whilst misbehaving in my old '59 Ford.

Favorite Drinks?

Water, black coffee and tea. I rarely drink soft drinks, fruit juice or anything containing alcohol. It's also a lot easier on one's waistline and dental bills.

Favorite Music?

I like almost all kinds of music except jazz and much of heavy metal rock.

Famous or interesting people you've met?

Played on the same bill as Miles Goodwin and April Wine and lead singer of Trooper, Ray.

Any words of wisdom?

Yes I do - once you get over the hill, you just pick up speed, so enjoy what you've got while you've got it. I try to remember the words of Frank Zappa "life - nobody gets outta here alive".

Ever gone on a blind date?

Yes, but only once in my 70 yrs. She was a very nice young woman, but each of us had a completely different viewpoint on damned near everything we talked about. It was a long evening not worth repeating.

Ever helped a stranger?

Yes, many times over the years. Many strangers have helped me enormously while out on one of my bike tours. It seems we humans like to step in to help out a person in need.

Did you ever skip school?

Yes, about twice in high school. I never made a habit of it - it was too much work to pick up the new material taught while skipping out.

Ever been lost?

No, just a few occasions where I was 'temporarily disoriented'. I never had fears of getting lost in south or central Ontario as long as I had over a half tank of gas.

Swam in the ocean? And where?

No! Too many ways to end your days there.

Cried yourself to sleep?

Yes, once.

Ever sang Karaoke?

No.

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?

I can't recall that ever arising.

Made prank phone calls?

No

Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose?

Yes, back in my alcohol drinking days.

Danced your heart out?

No,

Been kissed under the mistletoe?

Yes,under duress.

Watched the sunrise with someone?

No

Blown bubbles?

Yes, when I was much younger.

Been skinny dipping?

Once.

Sat outside in the rain?

Yes, but that was sitting on my motorcycle in a rain suit.

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