To the editor,

It is with sadness that I write this, at the passing of Wayne Williams, a member of our community and a man of integrity.

Wayne was an accountant (an auditor, I believe) for his career. He was a board member here at the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS), but more importantly he was instrumental in starting our endowment/investment account which has had a remarkable impact on the financial health and long-range planning ability of our organization.

Nothing got past Wayne. He acted as a guardian of our funds and remained active at HAWS, reviewing our financials annually, for most of the over 50 years our organization has been in existence. He attended our annual meetings as recently as 2015. I learned quite a lot about financials, vision and investment from him – but I believe his lessons did not stop there.

Wayne was a man of principles. When he believed in something, he was steadfast to the cause. He stood his ground, asked pointed questions and always researched the facts. With grace and conviction he moved forward, stating his case. Always the professional, he said what needed to be said with dignity. He did this without insults, again relying on the facts. He gave compliments, though rare; they were sincere and for that reason, memorable.

We are losing members of the Greatest Generation too quickly now. These souls were leaders, stepping up when needed, offering of their time and talents where they could. The limelight was not important; progress for the cause was what mattered.

Wayne, you became a good friend. I looked for you at our annual meeting this week, and had your copy of the financials ready. You will be missed.

Lynn Olenik

Executive Director
Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Inc.

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