Posted: March 16th, 2018

George Joseph Hayes age 87 of Val Marie, SK passed away on March 9, 2018 at the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home with his son Neil at his side. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 16, 1930 and married Annette Cote in Val Marie on November 23, 1959. George is survived by his wife of 58 years Annette; his children Laurie, Patrick (Trudy), Neil (Rhonda), Karen (Lee) Devine, Shelley (Eduardo) Salgado, and Ryan (Twila); grandchildren Jade (Marlon) McGuire, Paige, Drew Hayes, Ryland (Shianne Anton), Stephanie Hayes (Dustin Rath), Clay, Burke, Sage Devine, Aidan, Moira, Keegan Salgado, Wyatt, and Riley Hayes; great grandson Flint; brother Tom Hayes and his children Crystal (Dan) Yuzko, Leah (Kevin) Heppler and their families; many nieces and nephews; 5 sisters-in-law; 3 brothers-in-law; and other extended family and many cousins in the U.S.A.. George was predeceased by his father Patrick Thomas Hayes; mother Loretta Hayes; father-in-law Adelbert Cote; mother-in-law Therese Cote; brothers-in-law Norbert Cote and Leland Williams; sister-in-law Fern Hayes; niece Cathy George; and grandson Thomas Devine. George grew up in the Butte district and went to school there before moving to the Val Marie flat in 1941 where he continued to farm and ranch. He was a member of LID #923 and was on the board when the R.M. of Val Marie #17 was formed in 1969. George was Deputy Reeve and Councillor of Division 5, serving the R.M. for over 25 years. He was on the Community Pasture Committee for 10 years, the Val Marie School Board and the Credit Union Board. George was involved in minor and senior hockey, managing the Senior Mustangs for many years. George felt his greatest accomplishment was his family. He loved to spend time with us, playing games, camping, and visiting, he was always there to support us, whatever we did – and he usually imparted an important life lesson to us along the way. He never missed an opportunity to watch his children and grandchildren in school or sporting activities. He loved each and every one of us unconditionally. George enjoyed people – meeting them, talking with them, finding out about them and accepting all as they came. His value as a man is what he taught us and how he showed us to be caring people. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from the Church Of The Nativity with Father Joe Strohoffer officiating. The prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday March 16, 2018. The pallbearers were Drew Hayes, Ryland Hayes, Wyatt Hayes, Andre Lallier, Riley Hayes and Nicholas Cote, the cross bearer was Clay Devine, the eulogy was read by Laurie Hayes and Norbert Lepage, the organist was Colin Schmidt and the soloist was Monique Byers. The interment service took place from at Val Marie Community Cemetery. Donation in George’s memory may be made to the Val Marie District Ambulance P.O. Box 117 Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0 or to the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home P.O. Box 450 Ponteix, SK S0N 1Z0. Lemieux Funeral Home in care of arrangements. For further information please call 1-306-625-3925 or visit our website at www.lemieuxfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to the family in our book of condolence.

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