February 25, 1920 – May 08, 2015
Henry (Harry) Hayes, 95 years old, entered eternal life May 08, 2015, the loving husband of Geraldine (Sweeney) for 70 years. Dear father of Anne Dowling-Thomas & Stan Thomas, Fran & Peter Dufault, Douglas & Helen, Danny & Lynn, Rita & Bryn Ossington, Fred & Donna, Mary & Rick Heath, Kathleen & Michael Rocheleau, Phil & Simone & late Robert Dowling (1996). 35 grandchildren: Bill & Tanya Dowling, Amanda & Corinne Pitre-Hayes, Marc & Michelle Dufault, Cris & Angela Dufault, Colette Dufault & Dan Laidley, Patrick Dufault, Madeline Dufault & Nathan Carter; Bryon & Christa, Nick & Erin Hayes; Jason & Marcelina Salazar, Jeremy & the late Allison (2015), Cody Hayes, James Lauriault & Nazaneen; Kyrsten & Mike Burns, Bryn & Evan Ossington; Sara & Ryan Fontaine, Nathalie & Ray Deschaine, Jonathan & Joanna Hayes, Catherine & Edwin Carpio, Eric Hayes, Emily Hayes, Martin Heath & fiancé Crystal Desjardin, Dan & Holly Heath, Patty Heath & Chris DaSilva & Robert Heath; Darryl & Leigh McCraken, Jason Rocheleau, Matt Rocheleau & fiancé Shawna Fletcher, Jesse Hayes-Rocheleau & fiancé Paige Thomson, Bradley Hayes-Rocheleau & Alex Rocheleau; Joseph, Claire & Jordan Hayes. 20 great-grandchildren Ben Dowling, Noah & Liam Dufault, Steven & Jacob Laidley, Colin & Logan Dufault; Maya Hayes, Gage & Rowan Hayes; Emerson, Hannah & baby Burns; Ava & Juliet Fontaine, Lucas Hayes, Braidon & Kailyn Deschaine; Nakelle &Noah Rocheleau.
Brother of Charles & Ruth (Michigan), Jack deceased & Noella, Tom & Marie Louise both deceased & Rosemary Hayes deceased; Brother-in-law of Sister Fleurette Sweeney (BC), Hugh & Andrea Sweeney (NS); many deceased in-laws in Nova Scotia; also remembered by many nieces and nephews.
Dad led a life of service to his family, community and country. He served in WWII with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airplane mechanic, during which he served in England. He continued to be an activist & political watchdog as a long standing member of the Council of Canadians. He became a printer, photographer, journalist & sported printers ink in his finger as his trophy of the trade. He was a founding Co-editor of The Tecumseh Tribune. He worked as a Purchasing Agent for Auto Specialties & the City of Windsor retiring as the Administrator of Huron Lodge.
Dad served on many boards, committees & as a Tecumseh Town Councillor, building the first Tecumseh Public Library, St. Anne High Schools,a new Town Hall and Centennial Pool. He was a man of deep faith involved in the opening of St. Gregory’s Church where he was active as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, member of Parish Council & sang in Choirs; As a young father he was involved with the Christian Family Movement (CFM); The Cana Club; Cursillo;. With a house full of teenagers Dad and Mum shared their faith with youth on Christ in Others Retreat Weekends (COR) as dad & mum & Faith Unlimited Youth Choir.
He was a builder & fixer of so many things none of which made him more satisfied than the home he built for his wife & 9 children on Dillon Dr. A small two bedroom home, purchased through the VLA, expanded with the help of friends as his family grew, first accommodating 3 bedrooms, then a second story with 4, a garage and pool. A regular occurrence was a swim/fire and sing song. It is a house well lived in.
Dad spent his retirement traveling with Mum, exploring Canada, USA, Caribbean, The Holy Land Europe, capturing the experience with his camera and telling the stories through the many albums he created.
Dad has gone to the Father but has left a rich legacy of his life in his many scrapbooks…the life he shared with his family, friends and the community he loved.
Visitation Tuesday May 12th 2-5 pm & 7-9 pm, Parish Prayers 7:30 pm at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Funeral Wednesday May 13 at Good Shepherd Parish, St. Gregory Site 11:00 am. The family asks that you meet at the church as there will be no public procession from the Funeral Home. Interment at St. Anne Cemetery Tecumseh.
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