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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences