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Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West, Dundas, ON

OBITUARY

Gordon Richard Hayes

February 1, 1951January 14, 2020

Surrounded by his family, Rick passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 14, 2020, in his 69th year.

Rick is survived by his wife Lillian “Bunny” Robson, daughters Julia (Brad) and Emily (Juan), and grandchildren Beckett, Lily and Harrison. Predeceased by his brother and best friend Allen, brother Neil and sister Nancy. Loved brother-in-law to Fred and Sue Robson and Kim and Larry Bosselle. He will be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. He also leaves behind his dog Mac, “the son he never had”.

A lifelong Hamiltonian, Rick graduated from Mohawk College before working as an audio-visual technician at Mount Sinai Hospital, then at McMaster University for 18 years until his retirement in 2015. He also worked part-time at the Hamilton Spectator for a number of years. Music was his passion. He bought his first guitar at 14 years of age at the height of the Beatles popularity with money saved from his paper route. In his younger years, he earned a living performing as a solo act around Ontario, though his real love was writing and recording his own songs. He liked nothing better than hosting a good jam session with his musical friends.

For nearly 60 years, Rick spent his summers at the family cottage on Georgian Bay, where he met Bunny when they were kids. In his later years, he could usually be found on the dock with his guitar and a glass of Scotch in hand. Rick will be remembered for his gregarious personality and his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone he met, which often resulted in lasting friendships. Known for his sense of humour, he was cracking jokes right through his final days.

Special thanks to Dr. Rebecca Steen, nurse Kathy Hodge, and the staff at Emmanuel House Hospice for supporting Rick during his illness. A celebration of life will be held at Southcote 53 Tap & Grill (534 Garner Road East, Ancaster) from 2-5 PM on Saturday, February 1. Donations to Emmanuel House Hospice or the Cancer Assistance Program would be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.marlattfhdundas.com

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Christine Singer

January 31, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with both Rick & Al in the A/V Dept...There was never a dull day...they were always cracking jokes & were both great at doing impersonations! Over the summer mths ( when it was relatively quiet) Rick & Dave would bring in their guitars & play some tunes...the acoustics in the sub basement were fantastic & I enjoyed listening to the old tunes during lunch... I hope you take comfort knowing that both he & Al are together again probably cracking jokes & enjoying being reunited once more!

Kim and Paul MacKay

January 30, 2020

Dear Bunny and family,
We are thinking of all of you at this very sad time in your lives.
Such a great guy. Gone too soon dammit!

Kim and Paul



Wendy Coniam

January 30, 2020

Dear Bunny and kids,

Sending my love and condolences to you all at this very difficult time. I was so happy to hear of the safe arrival of Harrison.... wondering if he will too be a rocker?
As a young girl growing up on the Georgian Bay I shared the love of cottage life.... Rick and I always agreed it was a slice of heaven. He was taken too soon - as was Allen -as was my own father....I pray a cure can be found for this dreadful disease. I find solace thinking all who’ve passed are reunited on the other side..... and smile thinking of the reunion.
My heartfelt condolences to you all.
Love
Cousin.... Wendy Coniam

Peter Macdonald

January 29, 2020

So sad to hear this! In my final years as a statistics professor at McMaster I had some large classes and Rick was always there to make sure the microphone and the projector were working for me. To this day, whenever I put a cable away I remember him telling me never to wind it tightly. I loved working with him... and getting in a chat about music whenever we had a few minutes. We will all miss him.

Barb and Keith Mann

January 23, 2020

Dear Bunny,
Keith and I were so sorry to see the notice of Rick’s death in the paper. We always enjoyed our chats when we met on the trail while walking the dogs. He would greet us with a great smile and treated us like old friends.
We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family.
Barb and Keith

James Kent

January 21, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Rick has been missed here at McMaster since his retirement. He was always helpful and knowledge transmission between him and us CSU Av guys always flowed back and forth along with a good story or 3. Rick was always a great story teller and loved life. He will be missed.

James Kent

Trish Basham

January 21, 2020

HELLO RICK:

I CAN REMEMBER YOU AND FRED PLAYING YOUR GUITARS IN THE BASEMENT ON HOMEWOOD AVENUE. I CAN ALSO REMEMBER THE THE TWO OF YOU WENT TO HOSPITALS TO SING TO THE PATIENTS. GOOD TIMES BACK THEN.

HOPE YOU HAVE YOUR GUITAR HANDY, SO THAT YOU BOTH CAN PLAY FOR THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN. HAVE FUN AND SAY HI TO FRED FOR ME.

RIP MY FRIEND,

TRISH.

Bryce Kanbara

January 21, 2020

Rick’s brother, Allen, and I were good friends at Westdale HS and during those years we got to know eachother’s families well. One summer, on the Hayes’ urging and devulging of the key hiding-place, my mom and dad, sister, a cousin, and I drove up to Parry Soumd and spent a unique (for us) cottage weekend of fishing, swimming and poking around Blind Bay in the motor boat. It was typical of the Hayes’ open hospitality and trust.

In 1971 I had bought a guitar and wanted to sing a song at my sister’s wedding reception. When I suggested to Rick, on the very morning of the wedding, that we perform a Neil Young song, he good-naturedly indulged my audacity and agreed ( I was hardly beyond 2 chords and thumb-strumming). When the time came for our duet, I realized I was over my head, and as my fingers and voice strayed, Rick solidly kept the song on course. I recall his bemused smile and under-his-breath “cripes!” when it was over.

Among my fond memories are of times spent around the Hayes’ kitchen table in the family home on Herkimer St. I still wonder if the Hayes’ welcoming nature was characteristic of Parry Sound folk, or if it was in the Hayes/Bruckland genes. I remember how comfortable I felt speaking with all or any one of them: Al & Rick’s mom, Millie, their dad, Bucky, grandmother Mabel and aunt Edie … I always felt at home.

Robert Orchard

January 21, 2020

We will miss Rick's visits over the back yard fence while he was walking his dog through the alley way.
What a great guy, gone too soon.

Chris Jamieson

January 21, 2020

I was saddened to read of Rick’s passing today. I did not know him well but we connected over the years anytime over chance encounters. He was like that, you always felt like he was your best friend and had all the time in the world for stories.

Always talking about family and music. I have fond memories of our conversations and of the Beatle jam he hosted which I was privileged to attend. Fond memories.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to Bunny and family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Chris & Maggi

FROM THE FAMILY