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City loses longtime asset in Wayne Oliver

Wayne OliverCivic leader, businessman and youth sports advocate Wayne Oliver died at his home Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the age of 70.

Oliver was born March 27, 1943, in Portland to Earl and Sabina Oliver. He attended Canby High School and graduated from the University of Portland in 1965.

He opened Wayne Oliver Insurance Agency since 1972 and continued as president, along with his son, Ryan, until his death. Before starting his own business, he worked for USF&G Insurance and Farmers Home Insurance.

From Jan. 8, 2003, until he resigned Sept. 8, 2009, Oliver served on Canby City Council.

“He was an unbelievably wonderful human being,” said former City Council colleague Tony Helbling. “It’s a huge loss for the community. Even though he wasn’t on the council, he was still an advocate for businesses in the community and especially youth. He was a diehard Canby fan.”

“I have known him for years,” said former city Councilor Walt Daniels. “I really respected him.”

Oliver was a founder of Canby Kids and the Canby Alumni Basketball Tournament and kept the scorebook for the Canby baseball program for more than 20 years.

He was elected to the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. Earlier this year, he received a merit award for his more than 40 years of service from the Old-timers Baseball Association of Portland. He was named the 1975 Jaycee’s Junior Citizen of the Year and received the “Good Guy” award at the Canby High School athletic awards banquet in 1976. He served on many boards, including the Canby Chamber of Commerce, Canby Jr. Baseball, Canby Utility Board, Clackamas Community College Advisory, Canby Booster Club, Canby Lions Club and Cougar Pride Baseball. Oliver is survived by his second wife, Kelly; son, Ryan Oliver, of Canby; daughter, April Thompson, of Canby; stepdaughter, Brooke Henry, of Canby; stepson, Brett Henry, of Portland; sister, Vicki Lang, of Canby; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Canby High School Fine Arts Center, followed by a reception at the Canby Fairgrounds.

Viewing will be Friday, Feb. 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Canby Funeral Chapel. Private burial will be at Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby.




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