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BAYES: George Harry, September 27, 1948 ~ January 15, 2021. George Harry Bayes passed away surrounded by family in Beaumont, AB on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the age of 72 years. Dad will be remembered as our courageous, fun-loving, dependable and adventurous father. He was born to Fred and Florence Bayes on September 27, 1948 in Minnedosa, MB. George spent his childhood in Minnedosa. After graduating high school, he followed his childhood dream and joined the R.C.M.P. His postings were in Alberta, where his experiences gave him confidence and prepared him for what life would bring. After his exciting R.C.M.P. career, George had the opportunity to take over the family business in partnership with his brother, Bob. The farm equipment dealership was a natural fit due to his social abilities and business skills. After close to 20 years, George sold the dealership and made his first failed attempt at retirement. It wasn't long before the farm equipment industry drew him back into the capacity of marketing and special event planning. The seasonal nature of this job allowed George to focus more on the ever-expanding family hobby farm. With the home farm operating efficiently, Dad attained his private investigator license, and worked in the field of agriculture once again. After he sold the farm in Manitoba, he moved to Beaumont, AB to be closer to his family. Dad was well known for his love of travel which complimented his adventurous spirit for all outdoor adventures. He was always there to lend a hand, and become project manager as we enlisted him for our frequent renovations. We supplied the pie and the many band aids. He was a great father which prepared him to be an exceptional grandfather. Dad loved to be with family and has given us endless memories to cherish.
Left to cherish his memory is his partner, Charlotte Lehman; his three children, Andrea Sawicki (Leigh), Chad Bayes (Cheryl), Carrie Bayes (Elaine); four grandchildren, Kaylene, Kylelee, Teryn and Layne Sawicki; brother Bob Bayes (Holly), sister Kathryn Cairney (Bill); as well as nieces, nephews, relatives and numerous friends. George is predeceased by his parents Fred and Florence Bayes, and sister-in-law Deirdre Bayes. Due to Covid, a memorial will be planned during a safer time. Donations in memory of George are gratefully accepted to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

Serenity Funeral Service, Wetaskiwin (780) 352-5300

As published in Brandon Sun on Jan 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I lived in Minnedosa just up the street from Bob and George and spent hours playing street hockey in front of their white house. Lots of meals at their house and occasional sleepovers. I remember going to church with the whole family, and playing baseball and hockey with Fred as the coach. Road trips to Neepawa, and Strathclair, and I believe we hosted a Japanese team once that we trounced 22-2. I left in 1959 for Brandon but I have never forgotten my days with the Bayes boys in Minnedosa. Sad to hear of his passing. Stay safe and well. John Menzies - Posted by: john menzies (childhood friend) on: Jan 28, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. We had only ever been together once, but when we read about him, it brought up quite a memory. We had met on a trip to Spain. We ended up spending all our time together there. We had celebrated the nite before we left, so I know my husband was suffering, which left me to tend to all the luggage. That was the start of the scariest/worst day ever. We had to change flights as we were to land in NY, and a plane had gone off the end of runway and was dangling into the water, so we were changed to fly to Montreal. About 1/2 way into our flight home, We heard we had a bomb threat on board our plane. We finished our flight very nervous, and we landed and stayed out on the runway, fire trucks and police cars circled the plane, and we slid down the slides on the open side doors. Later they laid the suitcases on the runway for us to identify. Needless to say, we missed our flight home, and no bomb after searching the plane! We had enjoyed their company very much and always planned to get together again...but as you probably know life gets in the way. We just wanted to let you know that we had a lot of fun and a lot of excitement with your parents that we will forever remember them! ❤️ - Posted by: Clark & Donna Tweed (Fellow farm equip. Dealer) on: Jan 26, 2021

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