Clifford Francis Hayes

20-Apr-1929 - 08-Dec-2017

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Forever Loved

Clifford Francis HAYES

(20-April 1929 – 08-Dec-2017)

It is with great sadness that we write of the passing of Clifford Hayes at age 88 on Friday December 8, 2017, at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Cliff died peacefully with family at his side. Clifford was the beloved husband of Lorna Hayes (nee Miller) for 63 years, and father to Blaine, Philip and wife Cindy, Janet, and Carol and husband Chris.

 One of Clifford’s joys was being grandfather to his seven grandchildren:  Jesslyn and Kevan (Liz); Alan, Jolene, Lynn and Elizabeth; and Madeleine.  He was great-grandfather to ten: Anastasia, Emily, Ajay and Chevy; Gordon, Angela and Shelby; Hannah and Lily; and Orias. Son of the late Percival and Mary Hayes, Clifford is lovingly remembered by brother Brian and wife Barb, brother-in-law Bud (Marion) and predeceased by siblings Marion, Margaret, and Audrey. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, extended families, and friends. Family was important to Cliff and getting together at Hayes reunions was always something he looked forward to, as were visits with the Millers.  He had many life-long friends, and time spent travelling, hunting or on “the farm” provided cherished memories.

Born in Oshawa, Cliff began his career at age 16 with Pedlar People Ltd. (Oshawa), and later worked at Hansler-Smith (Mississauga), and North American Steel (Whitby). During his sales career, he served as president
of the Associated Canadian Travelers. After retiring, Cliff and Lorna travelled the breadth of Canada, as well as the United States, England, Scotland, and Tanzania. An avid bird-carver, Cliff enjoyed the time spent with friends at the
Northview Bird Carvers. With others, he ensured that the legacy of the one-room schoolhouse he attended at Taunton and Harmony continued in the naming of Maxwell Heights Secondary School, and he established its Founders Award.

Memorial plans will occur at a future date. Arrangements
entrusted to Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery 905-443-3376.

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Clifford Francis Hayes

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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Phil Hayes | 08-Dec-2018

it is difficult to believe that one year has passed. Dad, you left not knowing that Mom was shortly to follow you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Your road was getting so difficult And you were both so tired That finally, you closed your eyes & left us We try to remember to be glad that you are at peace now But we miss both of you enormously We are left to think of you and to remember you when we see you in a picture, or a place, a singing bird or a playful cat We remember you with love and will always miss you. Amen.

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Posted by Steve & Betty Davyd | 26-Jan-2018

Very sad to learn of the passing of Uncle Cliff. We only learned of this last Saturday. We enjoyed our visits with Uncle Cliff & Aunt Lorna in our travels between Halifax & Timmins. The most surprising was a chance encounter in a restaurant in Hope, BC, We just happened to be there at the same time , not knowing they were even out west. We had a lovely visit with them at our home in Langley. We are delighted to have a puffin carving by Uncle Cliff which he he sent us after we moved to Halifax. He & Aunt Lorna will be dearly missed.

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