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|Wayne Ross Hendsbee, Sr. (#47156563)|
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Born at 30 West Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Moved to Half Island Cove around 1950 and went to the Half Island Cove school, which was a two room school with primary to grade five in one room while the other had grades six to ten. The school was heated with a wood stove and the "facilities" was an outhouse. The school was approximately 3/4th of a mile from home. Around 1960 they built a high school in Guysborough, where we were bussed back and forth. Having completed grade ten, joined the Canadian Army in 1963, and became a Signalman in the Royal Canadian Signal Corp. After finishing basic training and Trade Group one, I was posted to Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick, where I worked at my trade, traveling throughout the Maritimes and one trip to Newfoundland on "scheme" or war games. I was posted to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in November, where I took a Radioman Specialist course. During this time I met Bonnie, also in November, and we got married five months later. I was then posted back to Gagetown, where I left the service in 1967. I then took a commercial cooking course in Moncton, New Brunswick, and cooked at several restaurants in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I then went to work for Edwards Fine Food (Kentucky Fried Chicken) in 1970, and worked my way up to district manager, working from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I parted ways with them in 1978 and became a Certified Canadian Chef, attending Chef's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while working as the chef at The Manor Inn, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Due to health reasons, I had to quit that high stress job in 1984. I then knocked around doing various jobs, including driving taxi, working in a fish plant and even trying my hand at lobster fishing. Unfortunately, while lobster fishing, our boat sank in a large storm off Yarmouth, and we were lucky to be pulled off the boat by fellow fisherman just before the seas got too high to effect a rescue! I figured somebody up there was telling me that I was not destined to be a fisherman, so we moved back to Ottawa in 1989. I then joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. My first job as a Commissionaire was to verify building passes at the Pearson Building, which housed the Department of Finance and Foreign Affairs. While there, I did several other jobs such as checking internal security before I asked for and received a transfer. I then went to the Prime Ministers Office, 89 Wellington Street, Ottawa, where I held several different positions, eventually ending up as the locksmith for the complex. I retired in December, 2006 and then moved home to Nova Scotia. We bought a home in Middle Musquodoboit, but due to personal reasons, have rented out our home and are living in Musquodoboit Harbour. After settling down here in Nova Scotia, I became bored with retirement, and am now working as a school bus driver.|