OBITUARY: Wayne ‘Dolphin’ Glover
Wayne Glover passed away during the evening of Sunday March 16, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. He has left behind his wife Adrienne and two daughters, Stephie and Evie, and a legacy never to be forgotten. He was 62 years old.
Wayne and his family left Auckland city almost a decade ago and moved to their home at Te Arai with its majestic sea views and backdrop of native bush. Many will remember Wayne as a familiar face at the beach and in the waves due to his work as Head Surf Coach at Aotearoa Surf Company.
Wayne’s true passions in life were his family, travelling and surfing and all three lead him on journeys around the world, as well as here in Aotearoa, all adding to the threads of his life.
As a young man Wayne left New Zealand and travelled the world in search of perfect waves and life-enriching experiences and friendships. His surfing took him to Hawaii, South Africa, Western Australia, Europe and California. He later shared his love of this with Adrienne and his daughters. He made many friends through his surfing and was a well-respected waterman.
Along with wave riding, another natural part of Wayne’s life was his involvement and dedication to surf life saving. He was a long serving member of the United North Piha Surf Club and most recently a member of the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service. For the past ten years Wayne dedicated his life to connecting with people and sharing his love of all things ocean through teaching what he loved at his surf school.
Wayne always believed that the sea was a perfect learning environment, and he has been involved in sharing his passion and knowledge of the ocean and waves with hundreds of people during his life. He has been an inspiration to many. Words that many would use to describe Wayne include spiritual, deep, understanding, gentle, wise, peaceful, caring, and in recent times strong and courageous.
Wayne left on the tail of a tropical cyclone, something that he would have revelled in the chance to be a part of with his wave riding.
I was lucky enough to share one of Wayne’s last surfs over the winter at Waipu Cove. I watched him glide, and dance across the wave and his grace and style on the water was always reflected in his calm and gentle persona on land.
May the winds be calm and oceans full of energy for you on your journey into the next world Dolphin. You are surrounded by love from all of those who knew you. We have lost a true gentleman of the ocean, a husband, a father, a friend and a mentor. Travel safe, Dolphin.
There will be a traditional surfers memorial paddle-out for Wayne on Sunday April 6, Mangawhai Heads, 8am.
- Tribute by Tony Baker