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Born: Feb 06, 1936

Date of Passing: Nov 28, 2016

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LESLIE RALPH HAYWARD February 6, 1936 - November 28, 2016 The twinkle in his eye. The mischievous smile. The hearty laugh. All precious memories we will always have of a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbour and friend who lived his life, looking out for those around him. His family is his legacy: wife Margaret, of 61 years, his "kids" Debby, Donna (Randy), Leslie (deceased), Wanda (Todd) and Steven (Tracy); his grandchildren Amber, Brianna, Dustin, Nicole, Rick, Sara, Ashley, Matthew; and his great-grandchildren Crystal, Nicholas, Danielle, Curtis, Justis, Paris, Chole, Macy, Madison and Milo. His half-sisters Lillian, Wendy and Edith, and nephews Wayne, Ivan and Russell were also a special part of his life. Les was raised as the youngest child of Elizabeth and George, together with siblings Betty, Lal, Fred, Jenny, Nanny, Jim, Eva and Dave. His sister Eva tells the story of when she brought her bike home from the city, Dad rode it all weekend and when it was time for her to leave, she didn't have the heart to take it from him. Les attended Swan Creek and later Mary Hill School where his story-telling talents took root, and at age 14, began the next chapter as a hired hand on Dori Sigurdson's farm. Two years later he started working for Siggi Sigfusson - a chapter that would last for 48 years until his retirement, and according to him "every day was a picnic" - a gift that created so many special friendships through his years. In 1955, Les married Margaret Garrity, a match that would last a lifetime. Through their years together, they did it all. They raised five children; in the early days, he trapped and (they) skinned muskrats (up to 200 in one spring); they went to more garage sales than anyone could possibly count - he was the original Manitoba Picker, buying and selling antiques and what-have-you long before the concept hit TV; they bought a farm where the yard and garden became their pride and joy. He had a way with the horses, Trixie and Phoebe - he taught them to speak and to pull a wagon or sleigh, so the whole family could go for a ride; he enjoyed time with the dogs, Grizzly and Skippy. Les encouraged friends to kick up their the annual corn roast with live music by "the band". Dad believed in hard work, and lovingly joked about how Margaret made him work harder in the garden than he ever did on a Cat. He also subscribed to a modest lifestyle -only exception being his long line of 26 Ford trucks, because it was easier to trade them than clean them or change the tires. He was generous to a fault, often loaning money to others "because I know what it's like not to have a dollar in your pocket". And such is the legacy of Les Hayward. When you smell the aroma of a half-stick of Juicy Fruit gum, when you hear a distant chuckle, when you see the horses peering up into the sky or the corn stalks suddenly shooting up from the know what that's all about. The family wishes to thank the staff of Eriksdale Hospital for their care and compassion. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. And as in life, always together, there will be a service of remembrance for them both some day. We will miss you, Dad. Lundar will never forget you. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1.204.768.2072 1.866.323.3593
Publish Date: Dec 3, 2016

LESLIE RALPH HAYWARD February 6, 1936 - November 28, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Les, beloved husband to Margaret, Dad to Debby, Donna, Leslie (d), Wanda and Steven. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and as in life, always together, there will be a service of remembrance for both one day. Longer version in Saturday's Free Press. Arrangements by: Arnason Funeral Home Ashern-Lundar 1.204.768.2072 1.866.323.3593

Publish Date: Nov 30, 2016

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 03, 2016

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I don't think you could ask or receive a better neighbor growing up as a kid. And although we grew up, and mostly moved away, Les didn't move, or grow up! As kids, we would map out our plan of how we would get the "better" of him, and try to outsmart him. If Les knew we were on our way over, he would hide amongst his treasures in his garage, and wait patiently, without fail, for the Breckman girls. Once we had crept into the darkest spot in that back lane, all of us with furiously beating hearts, Les would slip from the shadows, and let out a roar, or a boo, or a scream. He got us every time! I can honestly say that we feared and loved that walk equally. His gentle nature, tongue-in-cheek humor, and twinkling eyes may be gone, but never forgotten! - Posted by: Jodi Breckman (My childhood neighbor) on: Dec 18, 2016

  • My sincere condolences to Margaret and all the family. I was very sorry to hear about Les's passing. I have many fond memories of Les going back to when I was a young kid. One of my favorite memories was target shooting with Lal, Mom, Les and Wendy. Such a great time, and yes, it was a different time back then. I have memories of Wendy and me riding our bikes down to visit Margaret when Les was away working. She always welcomed us, no matter how busy she was when we arrived. I am happy that Les's children and grandchildren will have many wonderful memories to comfort them. - Posted by: Janet Paulson Donahoe (Friend) on: Dec 08, 2016

  • Sincere condolences to sister-in-law, Donna and Randy, Margaret and family. - Posted by: Vivian Palson Dayment (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2016

  • We will miss seeing Les on #419, always had a big wave and smile on his face. Our Deepest Sympathy to the whole family. Greg and Judy Malcolm - Posted by: Greg and Judy Malcolm (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2016

  • So sorry to hear of Leslie's passing. My sympathy goes out to you & all your family. May God be with you. Thinking of you. Take care.. - Posted by: Del Kehler (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2016

  • Dear Margaret & family our sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time, its never an easy thing to lose someone you love so much as they take a piece of you when they leave & life is never the same again without them..but cherishing the memories will always keep them close at heart & somehow the feeling of their presence will remain close..Our hearts go out to you all..💖 love Judy & Janice Hayward & families - Posted by: Judy & Janice Hayward & families (family) on: Dec 03, 2016

  • We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss. May our condolences bring you comfort at this difficult time, and may our prayers ease your pain and grief. I have many fond memories of Uncle Les with our family while we were growing up and will cherish these warm memories forever. Wishing you all peace at this time of year and always. Our hearts are with you all. - Posted by: Bruce and Jamie Ferens (Nephew) on: Dec 03, 2016

  • Our deepest sympathy. We have many fond memories of your dad and we will miss him at the lake. - Posted by: Ken and Sheila Palson (Brother and sister in law) on: Dec 03, 2016

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