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Elliott Wayne Tunis

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. E. Wayne Tunis at the age of 71 in Edmonton, AB on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. After spending his last days surrounded by his family, Wayne passed away peacefully with his devoted wife Cathy beside him.

Wayne was born to Ron and Jean Tunis on April 8, 1953 in Montreal. He met the love of his life, Cathy, on the train while both were attending McGill University, and their bond only grew stronger from there. They were joined in marriage on June 2, 1979.

Dr. Tunis graduated at the top of his class in Dentistry from McGill University in 1979 and continued his education by completing his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota. In 1983, he commenced his professional journey in the Department of Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Subsequently, in 1987, he joined Dr. Thomas Stevenson’s practice and together they went on to open South Edmonton Oral Surgery in 1993. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Tunis touched the lives of many with his compassionate and respectful approach to patient care. His retirement in 2011 marked the end of a fulfilling and impactful professional journey.

Apart from his professional achievements, Wayne had a deep passion for movies and muscle cars. The memories of “Friday Night” movies will forever live on in the hearts of his children, Emily and Allison, and his cherished grandchildren, Mud and Nora. Wayne took great pride in his various car collections, regularly participating in Show and Shine events. He was in his element discussing what was under the hood of his current vehicle. Most recently, Wayne participated in the Horsepower for Hope event with his Mighty Mini, raising money for a cause that remains close to his family’s heart.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife Catherine Tunis, daughters Emily and Allison (Jesse), grandchildren Mud and Nora, and his sister Carolyn and her family. He will be dearly missed by numerous family members, friends, and his faithful dog Pippa.

A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Tunis’ life and lasting legacy will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in his honour can be made to Pilgrim’s Hospice Society (http://www.pilgrimshospice.com). The family expresses their love and gratitude for the impact Wayne had on their lives and will forever cherish his memory.

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