Wayne was born in Nelson, British Columbia to Lorne and Beatrice Freno, the fourth of five children.
When he was two the family moved to Vancouver for a year, and then settled in Quesnel in 1970.
Wayne got all his schooling in Quesnel – he went first to Helen Dixon and then Voyager for his elementary years, and attended Correlieu for his junior and senior high school years.
During high school Wayne was very active in the drama club. In 1980 he starred as Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, and although only in Grade 10 at the time, was awarded Correlieu’s Best Actor trophy (1979-1980). In his graduation year (1982) Wayne had the lead role of Curly in Correlieu’s production of Oklahoma.
Wayne moved to Vancouver shortly after his graduation and lived there until his death.
Wayne is survived by his father Lorne Freno (Celia) Cebu, Philippines; his mother Bea Hasiuk (Alex) of Quesnel; brothers Jeff Freno (Sarah) of Vancouver and Lorne Freno of Calgary; sisters Michele Brick (Les Nylen) and Karen Freno of Quesnel.
He is also survived by nephews and nieces Francis, Quentin, Christopher, Uriah, Esther, Jared, Dustin, Adele and Nigel; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Wayne will always be remembered for his artistic and musical abilities, and for his great love of cats. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
A gentle spirit, a troubled mind – now and forever at peace.