Wade D. Learning

June 9, 1955 to March 19, 2017


Passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

Predeceased by his father John; mother Mary Alice (Tomlinson); brothers Keith and Paul.

Leaving to mourn brothers Gary (Sue) Calgary, AB, Brian (Chris), Dale (Winnie) Lewisporte, NL; sisters Diane Learning, Debbie Ryan (Paul), Brenda Warren (Pat), Linda Gulliver (Errol) and Karen Kennedy (John); nephews and nieces, friends and neighbours.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Tuesday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, March 22 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. from The Carnell Memorial Chapel with interment to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.



7-9 p.m. on March 21, 2017

10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on March 22, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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10:00am, Thursday March 23rd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
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I encountered a good soul when I came from away and parked my arse in July of St. john’s in 2015. I called one of 2 numbers for a clean room for rent out of the local paper and Wade Learning answered my phone-call. He and I became instant friends immediately and as well as after I was carted away by an ambulance to the hospital shortly after I had paid him his first months rent and was standing outside on his front stoop, smoking a cigar, thinking life is great AND watching them film the last episode of Republic of Doyle which included an excellent smash-up on Mullock. It was a strange and wonderful night to me., except for the ambulance shit, which turned out to be my 2nd panic attack of my life.. I returned well and good to my new place to live on Mullock and what turned out to be my new good friend and proceeded to have a most wonderful laugh and cajole with this interesting and proud man for the next 3 months. I will say that by my observation, there were a few goofs who took advantage of this kind person who was now my friend. He was even okay with that though. I noticed that as long as I was there, as long as Wade had a good friend to speak with comfortably to and with, he would then thrive with life and not feel badly about his past as much as I suspected. I took great and true solace and comfort in knowing that when Wade and I were having a drink and musing about how life delivers shit or shinola, that we were alright with having a bit of each as long as the ability to laugh and care about others we love as well as strangers in need of a rest from life’s toils was recognized and validated, My name is Bruce Archibald and I count Wade as the top of my list of wonderful souls who can be found fewer and fewer on this wonderful and strange planet as we trod onwards seeking love, respect, and care from and for everyone else. I now apologize for my ramble but Wade would certainly laugh, approve , and appreciate these words and thoughts for his legacy. By the way, another thing I observed by knowing Wade. He didn’t scream it, he didn’t say it in exact words, but he loved his Mother, his family and OH did he love his sisters …..
Rest easy my friend Wade, as you now laugh and giggle in the great evermore.
Bruce Archibald

Condolences to all of the family and friends. I remember Wade as a very decent fellow.
Charlie Anstey class of 73

I am sorry to hear your very sad news of Wade passing my deepest condolences to the the family. Many good memories from our early days grownup on Mullock Street . Best Regards to the learning family and friends
Jacinta (Cindy Moore) Ash

I am so sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. I didn’t find out until the funeral was over or I certainly would have been there. My sister Mary and I send our deepest condolences to Brenda and all the family.
May god bless you all

By Linda Sellars Hoben

Sorry to hear about Wade’s passing. I have good memories of chatting with him. He was a kind and friendly man. My condolences to his family.

Sorry for your loss, my husband boarded at Wade’s for a couple of years and I met him and he was a very kind hearted man. We where shocked to here of his passing,May he rest in Peace. Sincerely Mike & Lynette Greening.

To Wade’s Family,
I met Wade a few years ago, and he was always a kind man, and a great friend. He helped and guided me through some tough times. I did not know of his passing until today. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Tony Manning

Our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your brother, Wade. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to you during this difficult time and may prayers ease the pain of your loss. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Nellie and I were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Wade’s passing. I have many fond memories of Wade from Mullock Street days. Wish we could be there for the memorial service. We will remember him in prayer at St. Andrew’s Church here in Goose Bay. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

So absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of Wade’s passing…
It was a privilege to be his family Dr these last 15 years.
May God bless the family at this difficult time

Condolences to the family back home. I’ve been thinking of you all. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug – please say goodbye to Uncle Wade for me.

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Francis Smith and Linda Szekeres

So sorry to hear of Wade’s passing, We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. I knew Wade, along with his brothers, Keith and Paul, having grown up as neighbours on Mullock Street. I will miss occasional contact with him at Merrymeeting Sobeys. Condolences to Wade’s family, surviving brothers and sisters.

Paul Smyth

Our sincere condolences to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.