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Born: Aug 22, 1948

Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2020

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August 22, 1948 - November 25, 2020

Rod, aged 72, passed away very suddenly at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lesley, and his children, Jeffery Hazlehurst of Winnipeg, Allison Hornung (Dave) of Niverville, Manitoba, and his five grandsons, whom he loved dearly - Tristan Perras-Hazlehurst of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Hunter Clayton of London, Ontario, and Jett, Kayson and Dallin Hornung of Niverville.
He also leaves his sister Diane Harding and his brothers, Bob and Daryl Hazlehurst. Rod was predeceased by his parents - Bob in November, 1982 and Fran in January, 2012.
Rod spent some of his favourite times as a kid at the family farm in Silverton, and in later years, visiting his Grannie Hazlehurst in Binscarth and then Russell, Manitoba.
He grew up in West Kildonan, and as a young boy listened to the old Westerns and Detective shows on the radio in his room at night. Rod taught Sunday School as a teen at Grace Baptist Church and attended dances at Young People's on Hartford. He was Warrant Officer 1st Class of Air Canada 177 Air Cadet Squadron and for many years civilian taught. Rod was the proud owner of the "hottest" car in West Kildonan at the time - his '63 Chevy SS convertible. Rod and Lesley married on August 23, 1969 and he traded that car to some guy at the corner store in 1971 because he thought it was too cold for the new baby!!
Rod enjoyed many years trailering with the Winnipeg Nomads Trailer Club.
Rod was a lover of animals - in fact, probably preferred them to humans, as witnessed by his neighbours - he allowed animals to reside in his house at times - raccoons, mice, etc. He fed them all and encouraged them to drop in, much to complaints from Lesley! He had a little battery operated vacuum that he would use to suck up the flies in the window sills and release them back to the outdoors.
Rod retired in October, 2001, having been with Air Canada for 35 years. He was in Winnipeg Flight Crew Scheduling, Montreal Dorval Aircraft Routing and Toronto Pearson System Operations Control. He always wanted to work out on the ramp and spent his last year as Manager out on the ramp in baggage.
The family would like to give a heartfelt "Thank You" to our dear, lifelong friends Garry and Sandra Purves of Bolton, Ontario and our wonderful neighbours in Waldemar, Ontario - John and Lucy Resendes, Jim and Jill Chaput and Bob and Nancy Simmons. Your friendship was invaluable in the most difficult of times. Love you guys!!
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Rod's life will be held at Glen Eden Cemetery, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, on Wednesday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend in person, but still wish to take part in Rod's Celebration of Life, the family would like to extend the invitation to join us online. You can access the celebration at:

Until we meet again!!

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 21, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear lesley and family our deepest sympathies time heals and you will always have Rod with you in memories. One of our memories of Rod is we were camping at Stonewall we were in your truck Camper playing cards and the kids were in a tent it started raining very hard and the kids were making a lot of noise so Rod went out and told them to be quiet and go to sleep. When he comes back in and says I don't know what their problem is needless to say they were yelling because the tent was full of water and started to float away. - Posted by: Robert & Theresa gudz (Friends) on: Aug 23, 2021

  • Wonderful person, RIP, you are missed, glad we got to see you. Love Carlos and Helia - Posted by: Helia Resendes carlos (Friends ) on: Aug 22, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences Lesley to you and your family, Rod is at peace now, I will always have fond memories of when you first met Rod, fell in love and got married. You have had a really tough year, Rod’s sudden passing, moving back home, but now it is time to put Rod to rest. Remember Lesley, memories are forever and those can never be taken away. RIP Rod. Love Barb and Gerry ❤️ - Posted by: Barb & Gerry Benoit (Friend ) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • Allison, Dave & boys. My sincerest condolences on your dad’s passing. Carol Hildebrand (Ives) - Posted by: Carol Hildebrand (Friend of Allison) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • Dear Lesley, I was so sorry and saddened to hear of Rod's passing. He was such a pleasure to work with during our days in Crew Scheduling in Winnipeg. I also have fond memories of a barbecue you had for a bunch of us while on a training course in Montreal. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Doreen Mork - co-worker at Air Canada - Posted by: Doreen Mork (Co-worker) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Mrs. Hazlehurst, Jeff and Allison. Growing up with Allison as my best friend I spent many days with Mr. Hazlehurst and family. Always lots of laughs and I have many great memories that I will always hold onto. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time ❤️🙏 - Posted by: Cheryl Huckerby (Ackerman) (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • Rod was very special to us growing up. We were all madly in love with our cousins. We shared so many fun times, dancing in the basement, family get togethers were amazing. We didn't see each other a lot as we grew older. Lesley and Rod moved to Ontario and me to the West Coast but we would meet once a year in September at Fairmont Hot Springs with Mom, Aunty Fran, Sharel and I. Rod always showed so much love and caring. We had so much fun together. This picture was taken the last time we saw Rod. He was so healthy and happy. This is how I will always remember him. I am so grateful Rod and Lesley were such a big part of our lives and Lesley continues to be so. My heart breaks to say goodbye but I want to say thank you for the years we had together. Love you now and forever. Always, Wendy - Posted by: Wendy L. Fraser (cousin on my Father's side) on: Aug 21, 2021

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