JA Snow Funeral Home


David Sidney Hayes

25 January, 194229 March, 2021

With heavy hearts the family of David Sidney Hayes, 79, of Halifax announce his peaceful passing on March 29th, 2021 at the VG Hospital. An easy-going, likeable guy with a great sense of humour, Dave never took life too seriously and lived it his way. You could always find him puttering in the backyard; helping and sharing a laugh with a neighbour; golfing; travelling or spending time at his “happy place”- the family cottage. Dave loved a challenge and always put his “MacGyver” skills to work rehabilitating an old melted hand mixer or repurposing old materials in unorthodox ways. His endeavours weren’t always pretty and sometimes drove his children nuts, but that's probably why he took so much joy in it. Dave’s great passion for photography and editing, led him to partnering with his brother Wally to open the Hayes Shutterbug shops, focusing on camera sales and photography development. He also had a successful 32-year career with CBC Television. He was a dedicated and talented production editor who worked on documentaries, news and public affairs stories for CBC Halifax evening news and CBC Newsworld. Some of his most notable works included, Coast of Dreams and Expo 67, earned him several letters of recognition from superiors and colleagues. He was highly respected by his co-workers who found him “a heck of a lot of fun to work with.” Dave’s greatest achievement and source of pride was his family. Being a loving and dependable husband, father, and grandfather was of utmost importance to him. Everything he did revolved around his family. From annual family trips to Florida; swim meets and soccer games with his daughters; to dance recitals and Teddy Bear picnics with his granddaughters, his family always knew they were his top priority. Dave was pre-deceased by his parents, the late Roy and Florence (Bond) Hayes. Besides his wife Betty, he is survived by daughters Stephanie, Karen DeMings (Dale), granddaughters Sydney & Ashley; brothers Wally (Joyce) & Brian (Christine) and several nieces and nephews. Due to Covid 19, there will not be a visitation or funeral. A private interment will be held at a later date. The family would sincerely like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of Floor 8.4 (Halifax Infirmary) and Floor 7A (Palliative Care-VG Hospital) for the amazing care and attention they provided.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Dave, we love you and will carry you in our hearts forever until we meet again.


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L. (Andy) Anderson

18 April 2021

Betty, Betty, Betty: I am so sorry to learn of Dave's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I now have the guilt to go with not stopping by to visit as I had often planned to do.
My recollections at this point in time, are those few time we enjoyed together, The Merit days. Betty, God Bless you. David RIP.

Jean and Jim Snow

13 April 2021

Dear Betty and family - Our deepest sympathy for
your loss of Dave.
Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Take care -

Jean and Jim

Judy Mallett

8 April 2021

To Betty and the Hayes family,
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I will always remember David for his easy going manner, happiness and wonderful smile. May all your memories keep him close and provide some comfort at this difficult time.
Ken & Judy Mallett

Nicole Martin

6 April 2021

Dear Stephanie,

I am very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time...

Nicole Martin

Sylvia. ( Brown) Fullerton

6 April 2021

Remembering many years ago when Roy was teaching us both to drive......backing out of the Willow St driveway was a real challenge!

My sincere condolences to the family . So sorry we lost touch over the years.

Terry Raine

6 April 2021

Wally and Family,

I’m so sorry to hear about David’s passing. My thoughts are with your family at this time.

Terry Raine

Terry Crocker

6 April 2021

To the family of Dave Hayes,

I worked with Dave for many years at the CBC. Dave's calm efficient manner was well respected by his co-workers on both current affairs and variety television programs. (Terry)

Back in the days of open reel 2" VTR tape, Dave contributed to editing many successful shows out of CBC Halifax . When I think of Dave, I remember him standing in the VTR room, winding the tape back and forth, while smoking his pipe (we could smoke in the office in those days) meeting another deadline. (Helen)

Dave was a good man. Condolences to the family.

Terry Crocker (Audio) and
Helen Crocker (Production Assistant)

Louanne & Burris Devanney

6 April 2021

Dear Betty, Stephanie and Karen - Burris and I are saddened to learn of David's passing. From the wonderful picture you gave of his life as a husband, father, grandfather, and neighbour David clearly enjoyed a full life. He will be greatly missed by those close to him and fondly remembered by others.

Cecile Leverman

6 April 2021

To the family of David Hayes -

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of David.

My family lived next door to the Hayes’ on Willow Street in Halifax in the 1960s and, even though I’m a “little bit” younger than the 3 Hayes boys, I do remember them and loved their family. They were like our big brothers! I have fond memories.

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Cécile Boudreau (daughter of Linus and Germaine)

Lenny Jackson

6 April 2021

I worked with Dave for a number of years at CBC. In 1989 Dave was a key component in the startup of Newsworld in Halifax. His calming presence combined with his superior editing skills won the respect and admiration of many reporters and producers. I feel fortunate to have known and worked with him. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

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