Gerald Hayman

12 November , 19327 February , 2019
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HAYMAN, GERALD age 86, of Halifax, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019, in the Victoria General Hospital. Born in Fox Island, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late George and Winetta Hayman.

Gerald coached minor hockey for over 20 years, was a member of the Armdale Yacht Club and the Nova Scotia Schooner Association, was a mechanic and he owned his own business Grafton Motors, he was the commodore at Armdale Yacht Club, sailed and raced 2 schooners named the Tide and the Wawaloon. He loved his music. He played the accordion and guitar and played them well.

He was loved and will be missed by his family. Survived by daughter, Sharon Darlene (John) Durant; son, George Nathan (Bev); sister, Margaret Cutler, St Catherine’s, ON; grandchildren, Stacey, Thomas, Matthew and Adam, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife, Florence.

Visitation to be held Monday, February 11, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home. Funeral service Tuesday, February 12, at 11:00 am at St Margaret of Scotland, 3761 Robie Street, Halifax.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross.

A very special thank you to all the Canadian Red Cross care givers and the staff of the 7A Palliative Care Unit at the VG for taking such wonderful care of our father and our family.

“Haul away your anchor, it’s your sailing time. Haul away to Heaven, God be by your side”


  • Visitation Monday, 11 February , 2019
  • Visitation Monday, 11 February , 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 12 February , 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, 12 February , 2019

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Francis Tibbetts

12 February 2019

It was sad to read of the passing of "Gerry Hayman" in the social media yesterday. I am also sad and disappointed that I am in Florida and therefore will not be able to attend his funeral today.

I have known Gerry from when he first joined Armdale Yacht in the ate 60s/ early 70s, where I was, at the time, a fairly new member myself. About 38/40 years later It was my pleasure to be at the annual meeting when Gerald was presented with his LIFE MEMBERSHIP, presented annually to the member who has reached the top of the senority list in the Club.

Another recollection of Gerry was as the owner of his successful auto repair business. Around 1970 the YWCA on Barrington decided to offer a brief
course (perhaps 10 or a dozen evenings) in basic auto maintenance, geared towards the interests of women car owners. They secured the services of Gerry Hayman to instruct this course. He also took the girls over to his garage for a bit of a practicum. The course was well received, and he was asked to repeat this offering over a number of years. I was a fellow instructor, teaching swimming at the same Y at the same time.

I could ramble a whole lot more, as could many of us; Gerry was sooo well known in Yachting circles. I'll always remember him.

Wendy Lyons

11 February 2019

I would like to offer condolences to our friend and colleague, Sharon. Our condolences to the family as well. We are thinking of you during this difficult time!
Joseph Howe

Wanda Burton

11 February 2019

My God be with you all at this sad time. I remember you Dad well and missed seeing him on Sunday mornings for church service. We always had a chat, shared a drink of juice and a cookie( when we had our coffee time ). It was also my pleasure to bake sweet treats for your dad .
God Give you blessings and peace
Wanda Burton ( Sheffield Baptist Church)

Jennifer Millar

10 February 2019

Sharon, George and families.,

My thoughts are with you all in this difficult time. I have fond memories of Uncle Gerald’s house, his boat and the outings he would take us on, and of him crashing supper at Nan’s when I was in university. He enjoyed the good home cooking and he will be dearly missed!

Much love,

Jennifer Millar

Ruth Wells

10 February 2019

George, Sharon and families,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Uncle Gerald,

Your life was a blessing
your memory a treasure,
you are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.

Lovingly remembered,

Ruth, Darrell and family

With your hand upon the tiller
her bow pointed to the wind
sail on sailor
til we meet again.

Love Ruth xox

Daphne Millar

10 February 2019

George, Sharon & families,

We are so very sorry for the loss of Uncle Gerald. Our thoughts, and prayers are with you at this difficult time and we're sending hugs and kisses to you all.

You know how special your Dad was to me, and he will always have a place in my heart and memory! He was a very important presence in my life. He was my godfather, I was his flower girl, he gave the toast to the bride at our wedding and drove the wedding car. He loved honking that horn!

I remember the trips to Silver Sands to celebrate George's birthdays, the trip to Lunenburg to see the launch of the Bluenose ll, the camping trips where I got to go horseback riding, the rides to Church on Sunday mornings.

I am going to miss our phone calls and the stories of his boyhood on Fox Island. We agreed that he was a 'hard ticket' and was lucky to survive his childhood adventures. He was always up to some kind of mischief!

I am so thankful that I got to visit with him in December and I cherish the video of him playing the accordion.

Although we are unable to be with you in person to share your grief, please know that we will be with you in spirit on Tuesday.

Daphne & Joe

Yehyo, Uncle Gerald, Mr. Hayman - I'm going to miss you lots, but thank you for the great memories. I will think of you often especially when I'm cruising.
Love you. Daphne

Ron Mac Lean

9 February 2019

Wanted to pass along our condolences ,love and support for the loss of your father. Gerry and I were friends for what seems like a life time. Lots of hockey memories . as well as his beautiful sail boat two of his favorite things .
Rest in peace my old friend. Ronald & Rita Mac Lean

Geoff Tingley

9 February 2019

Most of what I have learned over the years was by wonderful gentleman like Gerry. My father and I liked to have lunch with him at the club and listen to his wonderful stories. Always a good laugh. My condolences to his family. He will be missed in the sailing community and afar.

Geraldine Beck

9 February 2019

George, Sharon and families,

Deeply sorry on the loss of your father. Thinking of you, sending love and strength in the coming days.
Love Winetta & Scot
Geraldine & Wanda Hannah

Uncle Gerald,
I’ll be looking for you where the ocean meets the sky, I know you’ll be sailing.
xoxo Winetta

Chris Pelham

9 February 2019

I met Gerry at my Dad's funeral. He was a pallbearer and borrowed my NSSA Blazer. I don't think he ever gave it back.
We sailed the Wawaloon together for over 20 years, sometimes we agreed but most times not. We were not great friends but we shared a bond that transcended any disagreement. His quiet capability always impressed me.
I will forever remember our first trip together. It was through the Sambro ledges on the way to the 30 anniversary of NSSA in Hubbards. It was rough, foggy, and wet. I was navigating . We did not have GPS but we managed to hit all the marks. He said I am going to go back. I responded it is six of one and half dozen of the other as we were half way through. We continued and met the sunshine in St. Margaret's Bay.
Years later he remarked. "I saw you nd Allice roll your eyes back in the ledges" He was referring to Alice Webster a globe trotting sailor who was with us that day. We were a bit skeptical at times.
He had a great memory for many of our trips together and recounted them often both good and bad.

He never liked the yellow fisherman I made but flew it anyway .

Harden the sheets Skipper. See you on the other side.

Your mate Chris