In loving memory of Allan Sydney Hayes, who passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Allan was born March 5, 1922 in Burriss Township, Ont. to the late William John and Frances (Durey) Hayes.
Allan leaves to mourn his cherished wife, Dorothy; daughter, Sharolyn; sons, Shawn (Dawn), Mark, Forrest, Todd (Sandra), and “wayward extra son,” Dale Smith; grandchildren, Tanya (Kelly) Cunningham, and Chad, Kristen, Brittany, Cale, and Connor Hayes; and great-grandchildren, Daniel, Rachel, and Hannah Cunningham.
Also surviving is brother, Wes (Jean) Hayes; sisters, Aileen Ryan, Gladys (George) Hughes, and Maxine (Jim) Lamb; sisters-in-law, Isla Hayes and Willa Chernaski; brother-in-law, Glen (Carol) Becker; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Allan was predeceased by his parents, Willam and Frances; and his brothers, Art, Edwin, Harman, Basil, and Mervin.
Allan resided in Miscampbell Township, Ont. for most of his life, with the only exception being his two-plus years of military service. He worked many jobs, including farming, well-digging, cement crew for Paul Lawrence Co., trucking, road construction, logging, security guard, and trapping.
He was a very hard worker and put his heart into every job.
Allan was a true outdoorsman, with an uncanny sense of direction and an ability to survive under very harsh conditions. He loved to catch and eat fish, was an excellent hunter, and an exceptional marksman. He had a remarkable memory for minute details when telling hunting stories.
Allan was very community-spirited and environmentally-conscious, and he donated many, many hours to these causes. He lived by the Golden Rule. He was highly family-oriented, a loyal and true friend, and a good neighbour. He retained his sense of caring and good humour to the end.
Funeral services honouring this exceptional man will be held Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Patrick Playfair officiating.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Ken, Don, Larry, Lorne, Lyle, David, and Randy Hayes, Earl Billson, Georgie Hughes, and Warren Ryan; and his niece, Nadine Jack.
Honourary pallbearers will be Len Noonan, Roy Forsythe, Pete Boon, Glen Becker, Jim Lamb, George Hughes, Orlow and Kerry Flinders, Alex Markowski, Norbert and Murray Bragg, Wes Jacobs, Dean Smith, Jim Gill, Jack Smeeth, Ron Silver, and Jon MacDonald.
In memoriam donations may be made to Amethyst House–Northern Cancer Research Foundation, 290 Munro St., Thunder Bay, Ont. P7A 7T1, or to Riverside Foundation for Health Care (St. Andrew’s Ward), 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.