John Hayward

April 2, 1938November 18, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Hayward, loving husband of Jan (nee Cadger), and dear father of Iain (Diane) Hayward, of Port Dover. John was born in London, England in 1938 and later moved to Panama for work. There he made many long-time friends who all remained close throughout his life. It was where he also met and married his wife Jan, who was his devoted wife and was by his side for over 57 years. They later moved to Canada, finally settling in the Kitchener/Waterloo area.

John was a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Racquet Club for over 40 years where he had a close-knit group of friends. He loved being a member of the racquet club, loved the camaraderie, and played squash as often as he could.

When playing squash became too difficult, he found a new love in bridge. He became a member of the Grand River Bridge Club where he played several times a week. He played his last game with a smile on his face the Monday before he passed.

He had a passion for many things in life, some of which included movies, reading, not to mention a fine scotch. He also cherished his leisurely walks.

He was a very social and extremely likeable person who always saw the good in people. He loved to recount a good joke, and in fact it was difficult to keep up with him on that level.

John and Jan spent many years cruising which enabled them to see and enjoy so much of the world.

John was well liked by everyone, and though he may be gone, his spirit will live on, and he will remain in our hearts forever.

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time to ensure the safety of others as well as the family.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to The Canadian Lung Association.

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Kathleen Grant

November 27, 2020

I can’t begin to tell you how I will miss John! Every Friday afternoon he was my go to person to critique the movies for the weekend. He was such a gentleman, soft spoken, funny, and a great story teller. He will be dearly missed at our Bridge Club.

Troudy Clark

November 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to John’s family. I knew John from my time with RBC, in Waterloo and Kitchener from 1994 to 1999 . He was the sweetest and funniest person in the entire area and a real pleasure to be around.

Cheryl and Paul White

November 23, 2020

We knew John from the Grand River Bridge Club and Paul knew him from the Kitchener Squash Club when they were both members there.
We always enjoyed hearing about the latest movies John had seen and which movies he would recommend.
He always had a smile on his face and was so warm and friendly. He loved talking about the wonderful cruises he and Jan had taken over the years.
John was also a lot of fun at the bridge table and he was definitely a formidable opponent and Paul’s partner for many games over the past few years.
We will all miss him so much. Rest in Peace John.
Heartfelt sympathies to his family who will miss him tremendously.

Sue Stoett

November 23, 2020

Such sad news in such a terrible year. So sorry Jan and Ian.
I also had the fortune of working with Johnny. For 10 years I was entertained at work and shown his horrible squash bruises from being hit by the ball. Upon entering John’s office, one would be greeted with a warm welcome and a visual of 3 inches of papers in a big mess on his desk. Remarkably if I needed anything he was magically able to procure the paper item in a flash! How he did that each time was a mystery.

I often sat beside John during the Royal Performance events when I worked with him at Westmount and Erb. SO many people would come by and give him a hug.
So glad to read on this obituary that John and Jan went on cruises. Sounds like retirement was truly enjoyed.
You were a kind funny man Johnny.

Rick Weiss

November 23, 2020

I remember fondly sharing laughs and stories with John when I was with RBC Area Office in Kitchener and John at Westmount Road branch. One day our conversation ventured to the game of squash. As I had been playing many years as well, we inevitably ended up with a challenge match. I was a member at Northfield in Waterloo and John at the Key Club in Kitchener: we were on. John mentioned he was playing a match at Northfield in the next day or two, so I made it a point of scouting him out; just to determine how quickly the match between us would be over ... well we never did play as I decided, after watching him, that I wanted no part of the thrashing I would inevitably receive ... he was a magician with a squash racket. John, thanks for the wonderful memories and time we spent together ... Rest In Peace friend. Rick Weiss

George Miller

November 22, 2020

Athelene and I were so sorry to hear of John's passing. Like many here, I met him through the squash club in the 1980s. He was instantly-likeable and we played singles and doubles frequently, with bridge games afterwards. I had to drop out of the club because of orthopaedic problems but John seemed to go on forever. He never seemed to tire. I knew him also as bank manager at RBC Westmount and he knew the names of all the customers and talked to them when they came in - a far cry from what happens nowadays! Later we would meet him and Jan in the movie theatre each year when the "Last night of the Proms" was screening and it was always a joy to see them again. He will be sadly missed.
- George and Athelene Miller

Sharon Maccandless

November 21, 2020

We are saddened to hear of Johnny's passing. The staff at Churchill Arms spent some time with John, he really enjoyed a side of garlic bread and pint after his afternoon walk. I remember the one day, we sat and watched a scary movie on the telly, one of his favorites.
We all send our love and prayers to the family.

Basil Olijnyk

November 21, 2020

Always thought the world of Johnny, his wonderful sense of humour, his positive uplifting outlook, his engaging personality. I had the pleasure of sharing time with John at the Racquet Club over the last 40 years. Will miss him more than words can express. May your own wonderful lifelong memories with John somehow ease the sorrow of your loss.

Robert Jones

November 20, 2020

This is sad and shocking news. I had the opportunity to work with John at Royal Bank . He was a pleasant individual who always had a way to brighten your day with a smile and often a good joke. He enjoyed life and will be dearly missed. My sincere and deepest condolences to the family.

Adam Hussey

November 20, 2020

A simply unforgettable man that could instantly put a smile on your face just from his presence. Thank you Johnny just for making life better. :)


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