In Memory of



Obituary for Wayne Flann

Wayne (Wango) Flann

Celebration of Life

December 1st, 2023

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Honouring Wango with Stories and Photos

Fairmont Chateau, Whistler, B.C.

William Wayne Flann
March 30th, 1955 – September 21st, 2023.
Father, Son, Brother, Partner, Friend/advisor to many, Skier, Avalanche
Expert, SAR Volunteer, Community Builder.
Wayne was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick and started skiing at a
young age at Sugarloaf Provincial Park. He graduated with a Bachelor
of Business Administration degree from the University of New
Brunswick. He loved university life so much, that he stayed for a couple
more years and took courses in Recreation Management and continued
to play rugby and participate in the UNB Ski Club.
Wayne arrived in Whistler in the fall of 1979 in search of deep pow and
wonderful skiing and found both. Sometime that first winter he earned
the nickname, Wango, which is an iteration of Go Wayne Go because
he was just so damn fast. This was the birth of a Whistler legend.
Wayne chose a life of adventure, excitement and community in the
mountains, and had a remarkable career in the ski industry throughout
his life.
He started at Blackcomb Mountain in 1980 as an instructor and then
coach before earning a spot on the Ski Patrol in 1984. He went on to
become the Avalanche forecaster in 1989 and oversaw the
development of the expansion plan into Blackcomb Glacier Provincial
Park which was one of his proudest accomplishments. Wayne was a
pillar in the development of both the infrastructure and culture of
Blackcomb Mountain. More recently, Wayne guided for both Whistler
Heli-ski and Extremely Canadian.

But his work at Whistler Blackcomb was just one element of his
commitment to mountain safety. Wayne was also a trauma paramedic,
film industry safety consultant, and thirty-three-year Whistler Search
and Rescue Volunteer, recently earning the honour of a lifetime
Wayne published the iconic Wayne Flann Avalanche Blog daily for the
past 12 seasons and became the trusted source for avalanche
information, weather forecasting and the community sharing of critical
avalanche information. Wayne was a leader in his field, and he upped
the bar for avalanche safety and awareness in the Whistler area. This
blog was also a place for Wayne to showcase his love of the mountains
through his beautiful photography.
Wayne had extensive knowledge and expertise in avalanche safety,
snow science, rescue techniques and all things associated with
mountain snow sports. His SAR and Ski Patrol colleagues share that
they were continually impressed with his deep talent, vast knowledge,
mental strength, and rock-steady attitude. He was deliberate and
resourceful, with exceptional situation awareness. They attribute him
as an essential part of thousands of critical mountain rescues over the
past 40 years.
Wayne had a deep love for his motorcycles and the freedom of the
road and recently completed his bucket list adventure of riding from
coast to coast. He had the opportunity to visit his many lifelong friends
along the way and to spend time with his family in Campbellton.
The only thing that came ahead of his passion for the mountain was his
deep love for his kids. Wayne leaves behind 4 incredible children: Evan,
Rhiannon, Cody and Shira. They are each exceptional and independent
young adults with knowledge and passion for the mountains.

He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Flann, sisters Brenda Monk (John)
and Cindy Flann, and his partner Julianne Budd. He is also survived by
his in-laws, Lawrence and Beverley Herscovici and Evan and Rhiannon’s
mother, Brenda Davison.
He is predeceased by his wife, Alyna Hope Herscovici-Flann and his
father, George Flann.
Although the official date of Wayne’s death was September 21, 2023,
some family members feel that his death occurred the day before on
September 20 th .
There will be a celebration of life for Wayne in early December in
Whistler. This coincides with the traditional date of Wayne’s annual
Scotch party that he has held for the past 40 years. A final farewell to a
man who helped make the Whistler community so remarkable.
Location and date, once confirmed, will be shared on his Facebook
page, the Facebook group (Wayne Flann Remembered), and other
social media..
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Whistler Community
Services or Whistler SAR.
Please share stories, pictures and anecdotes about Wango on the
Wayne Flann remembered Facebook group.