- 50 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 6, 1964
- Date of passing: Mar 5, 2015
|Let the memory of Wayne be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our colleague and friend, Wayne McAllister, 50, born on August 6, 1964 and passed away on March 5, 2015. We will remember him forever.
If you'd like to make a donation in honor of Wayne, his family has requested them to be directed to the American Heart association.
Wayne's memorial will be held on Thursday March 19th in Leesburg, VA at the Evergreen church at 5pm
19615 Evergreen Mills Rd.
Leesburg, VA 20175
"Wayne, we still think about and talk about you often. You inspired more people than you ever knew. We all miss you dearly.
"Happy 52nd beautiful brother Wayne! Think of you often, miss you heaps but most of all....LOVE you always!
Your adoring sis, Rayna xo"
"Remembering my dear brother Wayne on this 1st anniversary of your passing. Our family all miss you terribly but hold dear to our hearts many fond & special memories from years gone by.
A truly loved & adored brother that will never be forgotten!
Your loving sis, Rayna xo"
"To the Family of Wayne McAllister - You are in my thoughts and prayers. May with wings of Angels hold and comfort you, as you remember Wayne's amazing smile! The Cisco Family will never forget the contributions and legacy that Wayne has left with us."
"HAPPY 51st birthday dear brother Wayne! Always in my thoughts & my eternal love binds us together forever! Miss you heaps.....
Your loving sis, Rayna xo"
"My condolences go out to the family and friends of Wayne. From reading about him I know he is missed and loved by many. No matter what, it can truly be said that death is an enemy and soon it will be brought to nothing (1Cor. 15:26). I have found much comfort in the Bibles promise of a resurrection hope of our loved ones at John 5:28, 29 and hope you will too. Death was never a part of Gods original purpose, in fact he yearns to soon bring an end to it and the suffering it causes your family and friends. Revelation 21:4 states: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." I did not know Wayne, but I read his obituary and I hope these scriptures will help to bring some comfort knowing that others care. If you would like to learn more about the Bibles promises and the hope it brings, please feel free to contact me."
"Dear Wayne. It's so sad that you are no longer with us. I had the pleasure of getting to know you during the Tandberg acquisition and you really made a difference with respect to the Oslo support team and the people working there. You were always very professional, you listened, you cared and you did more than was expected from you. I must say that I truly admire you for that and highly respect you as a person. I remember your good sense of humor, your great laughter, the Crispy Duck and how proud you were of your family. Your family were always part of the conversation and today my thoughts go out to them. I really feel sorry for their loss. Rest in peace Wayne."
"Although the seas had parted us physically, we were always in each other's thoughts & now dear brother Wayne, there's a special place in my heart for you where my love will be everlasting!
Your devoted sister Rayna xo"
"My heart & thoughts go out to the family and all who knew this great man. I had the pleasure to have known Wayne whilst we worked at PictureTel some years ago and found him to be such a welcoming and supportive person. He was liked by all that knew him and its such a loss to this world."
"I met with you for two hours and you kindly shared with me your thoughts and you vision of where you felt the great organization you led would be under your leadership. I felt privileged to be a part of the team under your sponsorship. I will continue to lead my professional life with the legacy that you have left me. Your words of encouragement and guidance will always be remembered. I am truly honored to have known a great leader."
"Dude, will never forget the trips to Guadalajara, your poise under pressure, your ability to transcend with straight forward conversation and your sense of humor about it all. Great leaders are legendary and you are clearly a legend.
"Thank you for inspiring me to be my best, I will always have fond memories of the time working with you."
"My roommate in college was a 320lb offensive lineman for the football team. I had never seen anyone eat as much as my roommate until I met Wayne McAllister. He hired me at Tandberg and we instantly became friends. He had a friction-less way about him that I instantly liked.
We took many business trips together around the world and I remember one trip (I think Florida) where I decided we were going to have an eating contest. He didn't know about the contest, but I decided for a day I was going to go bite for bite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast was the hotel buffet type and I went plate for plate and probably out ate him by maybe a strawberry. I was packed but feeling victorious and just wanted to take a nap. Wayne was rearing to go.
Lunch time rolls around and he asks if I'm hungry. I felt like an Anaconda after eating a Capybara. Just wanted to lay around for a month or so. I had some water. Wayne however, ate a full lunch. Sandwich, drink, chips. Every bite. I was in awe.
Dinner rolls around and he cleared an appetizer, dinner, and a dessert. I think i had a cracker. He leans back...and say's "you didn't have a chance mate". He knew what I was up to and I got creamed.
I will miss you my friend.
"I'm grateful to have worked with such a genuine, kindhearted and funny man. I loved hearing stories about your kids and sharing my kid stories with you too. I will always remember your infectious smile and laughter. We are all so lucky to have been touched by you in this lifetime. You will be missed but not forgotten. Sending hugs and love to your family during this rough time."
"Wayne will forever be my friend I just happened to have an opportunity to work alongside. He always had a smile, a nice word or some encouragement to provide all he engaged. You will be missed my friend but never forgotten!"
"I am a better person for having known Wayne. Wayne stands out as a friend, mentor and leader because the way he made me feel. He always took time for you and made you feel special. He was so real, honest, smart, humble, energetic and truly led by example, both at work and personally. He lived life to it's fullest. That combination is what made him so inspriational to me and others I believe. I have such fond and recent memories of enjoying sushi, hotel golf and laughs with him. He was truly one of a kind, will be missed greatly and never forgetten."
"Sharing a link to the American Heart Association that has been set up in honor and memory of Wayne:
"As I have mentioned in the photos I have posted, I had the very great privilege and absolute pleasure to work with Wayne. He was the nicest and best of men.
I am so sad not to be able to attend today’s service but want Leanne, the children, the extended family and all who know and miss him to be aware that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this extremely difficult time."
"Wayne was a great friend and mentor, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him. We shared some lovely runs, great meals and passionate discussions in many different parts of the world. Always energetic, constructive and friendly, Wayne was a real inspiration."
"I am forever grateful for having known you Wayne. You were an inspiring mentor and leader. I still value our 'helicopter view' conversations, where you taught me to think differently. I will never forget you."
"One of the best leaders that I have had the privilege of working with over the course of my career. He and I were both amateur photographers and often shared pictures of the various placed we visited. Often times my 30 minute skip level meetings with him would usually consist of 5 minutes of talk about business and 40 minutes talking about life and family. I will miss him dearly.
My condolences go out to his family."
"Working with Wayne has been such a pleasure! He was a great Director with tons of passion and drive. His leadership and influence on the business will leave a great legacy with Cisco Systems.
His family has my deepest condolences. Please know Wayne is being held in the highest regards. Thank you for sharing his life with us."
"I was so saddened to hear about Wayne's passing. The world is a little less bright for having lost Wayne. He was well admired and will not be forgotten."
"Wayne was a great friend, mentor and leader. His spirit will carry on with all of us."
"Wayne was so full of life, a very inspirational person I very much enjoyed working with him. Very sad to hear this news."
"Wayne was a great manager and mentor. He had an unique ability to inspire and encourage his colleagues, Wayne will truly be missed but never forgotten."
"I had the pleasure of working with Wayne at Cisco. While I was not a direct report to him I did have the opportunity to speak with him in person. I had been told many things to prepare myself for the conversation which involved challenging and difficult task.
When I did meet with Wayne, it was a very enlightening meeting. I realized very quickly we both had many of the same ideas, goals and aspirations.
Wayne was far more easy to talk to than I had expected. I really enjoyed our meeting and I came away from the meeting with a very positive perspective on what I needed to do. Wayne was very good at breaking things down into logical blocks and cutting through the confusion and obstacles that so often get in our way and confuse us.
I was very impressed with his confidence, his understanding of the business, his desire and his desire to do the right thing.
Cisco has not only lost a friend, a mentor , or a leader, we have lost an asset. Wayne was someone that had an impact on many levels. I only wish I had the chance to have worked with him more often.
While his passing is difficult, and painful I do believe we should remember Wayne in a way that celebrates his life. We should look at his achievements and more importantly, the positive influence he had on others. Those are things that do not ever go away.
Wayne will be missed, but much of what he accomplished will live on with each of us. I believe Wayne would want us to take what we have learned from him, and continue to move forward, to take on the difficult tasks for that is how we learn and grow.
Wayne. I wish you well, and perhaps in time our paths shall cross again.
Christopher C Smith
"As we all come to terms privately with Wayne's untimely parting, we inevitably remember the good times. Wayne was always someone who we enjoyed being around, in work and in play. We will miss him very much. People do not pass from this earth immediately, but remain alive in our minds for quite some time. So it is with Wayne, a remarkable personality, who will remain alive in our minds forever. Rest In Peace."
"I have enjoyed reading through the wonderful stories and memories on this site. I have comfort in knowing that so many others have had such similar experiences with Wayne as a mentor and friend as I have. Of course, he always made me feel special and made me feel that he’d be willing to help me in any way I needed, but I love seeing that I’m not the only one he did this for! He was truly one-of-a-kind — a terrific listener (I remember he’d always have this pensive look on his face when I shared a challenge)…he’d pause, smile then offer sensible advice. Every time.
Like many others, our last conversation centered around our children. He was so very proud of his son starting college. My heart breaks for his family. Wayne left a tremendous and positive impact on his Cisco family and will be greatly missed."
"Wayne, you will be missed my friend! It was great working with you, travelling with you, but most of all just getting to talk with you about life and work. You were a mentor to me and just an all around great guy to be around.
My thoughts go out to you and your family!"
"I worked with Wayne at Spectralink. He was very smart, clever and had a wicked sense of humor. He was well respected and liked. We often spoke of our kids, their sports activities and school around the projects and the work we had to do. He knew what was important. He was a great dad, a leader and a kind friend with a quick smile. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Wayne."
"Wayne was my manager for a brief time at Cisco.
In those six months, he was so supportive of work and of life.
Our 1 x 1 conversations centered around:
Family, workouts, bikes, workouts, family, more family, bikes, and oh..a little work.
We shared a love of Tri's, of outdoor activities, and laughter.
He would always ask me about upcoming races, and talk about geeked out gear stuff.
Here is typically how our conversations went:
Me: I bought a new bike
Wayne: Really!! What kind.
He loved his family. He loved outdoor activities, and he just loved life.
I was shocked to hear of his passing.
I am profoundly sad about that.
I will just always hold a special place in my heart for Wayne. He is just a great man and the world is absent of a good person with his passing."
"It is with great sadness that I write these words.. I met Wayne when I joined Cisco. Ever since day one I wanted to work for him.. I managed to do it and I enjoyed it immensely. Wayne was an exceptional person, a great mentor and the best boss I've ever had. Having to say goodbye is surreal to me. Wayne, I will always have you in my heart."
"I was so sad to learn of Waynes passing. He was a true inspiration to me personally. I enjoyed the times we spent together in and out of the office. I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to play golf with Wayne last year (BXB TAC Golf outing), and although he had an odd swing :-), by the time he finished 9 holes I was amazed at how well he could hit the ball. He was a class act, and I pray for all of those he left behind. You will be missed Wayne..."
"To a tremendous person and a great leader. You were never short of time and always had a smile to share, great advice to offer and you set the standard man for working out :).....what a treasure you were to those around you. We will keep you and your loved ones in our thoughts and prayers ....Here is my favorite blessing, rest peaceful my friend:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand."
"Wayne was a real inspiration for me both professionally and personally. His zest for life was truly amazing to me and I'm happy to say I knew him even if it was only for a year"
"To a dear friend and mentor, I will miss you dearly. Tremendous times on the road...I am going to especially miss "adventures in eating with Wayne", which could have been a Food Network special! I am forever grateful that God placed you in my path...I will never forget you."
"I will ALWAYS remember you and have you in my heart and there will never be a day that I don't think about you. You were def. "one of a kind" and will always be loved. We will see each other again. xoxo"
"I've only watched, listened but unfortunately never spoken to Wayne. However, its a testament to a very special person that can radiate such charisma by just listening and watching that person. He projected a sense of thoughtfulness and when he spoke you listened. His smile also lit up the room.
I was sitting next to a group of ladies at a San Jose offsite and they were speaking very, how shall I say, positively about Wayne :-) More evidence of his charisma.
My heart goes out to his family and especially his children. They need all the love everyone can give them right now."
"In the short time that I got to know Wayne, he radiated energy, fun and a passion for life with his analogies about sports and adventures. He will be missed by many. Prayers and thoughts for all of his friends and family."
"This is such a huge loss. It's often those who shine so bright get cruelly snatched away from us. My heart goes out to Wayne's family and friends and my sincerest condolences.
Folks like Wayne are very rare in this world and it was a privilege to know a great man like him. He shall live on in our memories and thoughts of him.
"I cannot be there in person, so will post a message on the site identified by Brenna.
Here are my heartfelt sentiments in providing Wayne's family with a view from his employees in his group:
Wayne was one of the nicest, kindest people we knew.
He was never short of time when it came to any of us reaching out to him to talk with him.
He was a class act.
Although I had not worked much with him as some of the others, it didn’t take long to recognize a kind soul.
My heart goes out to you all - his family.
All I can do is offer my thoughts and my prayers for God to help heal with time, and to be able to look upon Wayne’s life as one that had particular meaning for a lot of people."
"To all the great times you were a part of with the Longmont Redtails...
You have never and will never be forgotten..
Coach Erik, Coach Marnie , Connor and Mackenzie"
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