Advanced Search:

Regular Search
❮ Go Back to Listings


Born: Oct 09, 1941

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2020

Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

Adjust Text Size: A+ A-


We are profoundly saddened and heartbroken to announce the passing of Robert Hayes on Monday, August 17, 2020, after a short illness.
Robert is survived by his wife Kim; his three daughters, Tammy, Lexi and Stephanie; grandchildren, Danielle, Shay, Quinlan, Aidan and Kaedmyn; great-grandchild Brooke; his brother John; nieces and nephews; other family members; many, many friends/fellow writers; and, of course, the dogs, Daisy, Henry and Nanuq; and the cat Aleena. He was predeceased by his parents.
He will be missed for his loving, gentle nature, his never-ending wit and humour, especially his puns, and his devotion to God.
Robert was born on October 9, 1941 in Paddington, London, England during the Second World War. They moved to Hayes, Middlesex when he was about 10 years old, and, as a young man, joined a five-year apprenticeship with a civil engineering firm. From there he moved onto Twickenham College of Technology studying surveying and levelling, which further led him to Canada.
Once he landed in Canada in 1966, Bob joined Underwood-McClellan engineers after completing his apprenticeship. He was a civil engineer doing structural bases for recreation centres. He did have trouble adjusting to the Canadian winters, and one particularly cold day he stayed home from work because, as he told his boss who later called him, "nobody goes out in this weather!" His boss told him to "get his a** to work!", so he went, and eventually became partially climatized, but never fully. He did get tired of the first long winter and, in an effort to get away from it, he drove out to Grand Beach! But he did say he got a great parking space!
He started teaching math, science, and drafting at Red River College, and still found time to write several applied math textbooks, and was instrumental in setting up Covenant Home for those with mental health issues. He retired from Red River in 1995, but did not stay retired for long. He joined Horizons for retraining, and became a successful telephone solicitor because they loved his British accent. His love of design led him to work at Revy, designing bathrooms and kitchens, working at Standard Aero, and Loewen Windows. He always loved writing, and was a most beautiful poet. He was the chairperson of the Canadian Authors Association Winnipeg Chapter, and helped many, many writers with their work.
As gifted as he was with words, he was equally talented with the non-sensical, and was well known for his catch phrases of: bogies greenie, big black Barcle, and his favourite - skim bams.
Bob was a very spiritual man. He studied theology, and was an elder in the Home Street Christian Church for a time, until finding a home in the Charleswood United Church, where he was happy to participate wherever he could. Bob was a deep-thinking and feeling man, whose faith was a massive influence in his life.
He was very intuitive, and was helpful to many by reading palms and providing perspective. He loved Christmas, and played Santa Claus for the past two years. With his own white beard, he was the most authentic Santa, and even the adults loved him. One time on the way home from playing Santa, he was stopped by a train and got out of the car and walked along the line of stopped cars, handing out candy and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and made everyone smile.
He was a beautiful soul, and has influenced so many lives. He will be missed by many forever.

"Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away...And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love."

Thank you to the St. Boniface Hospital employees on 5A Cardiology, who took excellent care of Robert after his heart attack on Father's Day, and went far above and beyond, and through their perseverance, found the pancreatic cancer that took him from us. Thank you to the Palliative Care Program and home care staff who were wonderful in their care, and for getting him home to spend his last days in the care of his family and friends who loved him so very much.
There will be a celebration of Robert's life on Saturday, August 29, 2020, starting promptly at 2:00 p.m., at the Charleswood United Church at 4820 Roblin Blvd. Social distancing measures will be observed with masks and hand sanitizer.
If people wish to honour Robert's memory, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9, or to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I wish to share my sincere condolences to The beloved family of Robert Hayes. He came into my life via my poetry site on facebook about ten years ago. He was the finest moment in reviews given. Poets loved to have a comment from Robert as to them it meant they had been selected for good work done. I had lost contact with him over July. I knew he was not well. He never revealed the severity of his illness. He spoke often of his family. His deep love for you. I wrote a poem in his honor and posted it on his page. Robert was a man among men. Always upbeat. Positive and genuine. He will be missed by so many who loved him and carry his message of hope in their hearts. I will never forget his enduring strength and honor. His courage. The care he took to make sure he could help with words of love and encouragement to everyone. He helped me sort out the puzzle of my life. I pray I had time to learn all he wanted me to know. I will go to him in prayer. God bless each and everyone of you. His message of hope and integrity will be carried on. His great kindness Is an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Diana Baker Vevang - Posted by: Diana Vevang (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2020

  • Kimmy, Tom and I are saddened to hear of Bob's passing. The last time we saw Bob was at the AAoW last dinner before their association folded. We sat at the same table with you, Bob and Stephanie and certainly remembered Bob's jokes. It was a fun night and will always remember all the AAoW parties we attended and you and Bob were there. I enjoyed you telling stories about Bob and his adventures. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Stephanie, family and friends. Tom and Evelyn Hofer - Posted by: Evelyn Hofer (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2020

  • To Kim & Family. I offer you my sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. I never met him but you always had good stories to tell us about his sense of humor and character. May you continue to be the strong and wise person you are to help you cope with your loss. Sincerely, Louise Morgan - Posted by: Louise Morgan (Friend of Kim) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • I am extremely saddened to read of Robert’s sudden passing. I heart goes out to you Kim and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you struggle to cope with the void left in your heart. Sincere sympathy - Posted by: Coralie Bornais (Church friend) on: Aug 22, 2020

❮ Go Back to Listings