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HAYES, William “Bill”

April 11, 1921 – January 23, 2013

William “Bill” Hayes passed away quietly in Colonel Belcher Veterans Retirement Home in Calgary on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the age of 91 years.

Bill had been living in the Calgary area since leaving Applewood Farms, Bjorkdale, SK in 1996. Bill, his father and other family members farmed in the Bjorkdale area since 1906. By the time he retired, Bill, as a Certified Seed Grower, was farming 2000 acres, operating a seed cleaning plant and agricultural chemical business. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Bjorkdale Branch No 8 and a lifelong member of the Conservative Party, campaigning for them and helping at election time.

He always maintained that life gave you opportunities and it was your personal responsibility to take advantage of them in the best way you could. In his late eighties, he even took on computer technology, had numerous Facebook friends was an avid reader of iPad news until his passing.

Bill is survived by a family in awe of his achievements which included restoring antique Ford cars and John Deere tractors. He leaves daughter Wilma (Mike); son Robert (Sharon); grandchildren, Randy (Ann), Ryan (Julie), Tanya and Corey; great-granddaughter Madison; sisters Theresa Mahussier and Peggy Looby; and a huge number of friends, young and old. He was predeceased by his wife June; grandson Cameron; sister Yvonne Pavlis; and parents William and Hedwig Hayes.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. A second memorial service will be held in Bjorkdale, SK in May 2013. Forward condolences through The family asks that in lieu of flowers to please consider a donation to the Canadian Legion or the Poppy Fund.

In living memory of William Hayes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Larry and Eileen Bancroft :

    Our thoughts are with the family at this time. Bill was a friend and a great gentleman. I will miss our discussions about farming,politics and other world events.

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  2. James Crawley :

    Lived across the street from Bill and June in Langdon, AB. Such a sweet couple. Was sad to hear of Bills passing, but hope he and June are together again. Deepest sympathy to the family.

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  3. I have never met Bill, but I wish at some point in my life our paths would have crossed. His beautiful smile caught my eye and I can only imagine that he must have been a wonderful man with a beautiful soul. May those that loved him find peace in their memories.

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  4. While I and my friend Matthea only knew Bill for a fairly short period of time, through the linkages program, we both felt that his energy and optimism left a great impression on us. He was a wonderful man who was often happy and very easy to talk to. My condolences go out to his family during this difficult period of time. May he rest in peace.

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  5. Maureen Crawley :

    I thought I knew Bill and June pretty well after 17 years, but after attending his funeral, I am amazed at all that he achieved in his life. Both he and June were wonderful people, and I will miss them both. They meant a great deal to me.

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