Mary Patricia (Pat) Hayes “Crossed the Stream” on August 31st, 2023. Her final moments were spent smiling and laughing, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had the opportunity to chat with lifelong friends, reminiscing and having quite a few laughs about her rambunctious days growing up in Kearney Ontario.
Pat was born on June 10, 1939 in the small town of Kearney, Ontario. She was the daughter of Mel and Mary Reeds (both predeceased). Pat grew up on the Magnetawan River and loved being on or near water. She would fish before school and paddle canoes or row boats with her dear sister Beverley (predeceased) and her friends as often as they could. Pat and her gang could often be found hanging out at Belfoy’s store, drinking sodas and whiling away the summer. That’s where she fell for the charms of a handsome young lad by the name of Oran Hayes (predeceased). They were married, and together raised four children; Michael, Richard, Patti-Anne and Terence.
Railroading eventually brought Pat and Oran to Capreol, Ontario, where they laid down roots for many years. Pat was very active in softball, and had a reputation for being the fiercest pitcher in the league (Go Sunrays!). Pat loved to be active, enjoying square-dancing, curling, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Once again the railroad called, and Pat and Oran spent a few short years in Hornepayne and Oshawa. Eventually their train tracks led back to Capreol, where Pat and Oran settled and retired.
Throughout her senior years Pat continued to curl and help out at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum. A little known fact, Pat was a big fan of Star Trek, especially the Jean-Luc Picard era! Pat always enjoyed her adventures with the Red Hats, and cherished her friends at 36 Coulson. She truly loved her annual summer vacation on Manitoulin Island, happiest to play ladder ball and be by water once again.
Pat will be dearly missed by so very many, yet her legacy will carry on, her family will make sure of it!
Pat is survived by her 4 children: Michael (Debbie), Richard (Patty), Patti-Anne (Steve) & Terence (Julie); her 10 grandchildren: Samantha (Dennis), Christine (John), Cheryl, Shawna, Julie (Matt), Tyrell, Jamie Lynn, Logan (Michelle), Reed & Jake and her 9 great-grandchildren: Kylie, Justin, Alex. Eric, Jacob, Josh, Garen, Quinn and Cole
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held in Kearney, Ontario in the Spring of 2024.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the NeoKids Foundation would be greatly appreciated. https://neokidsfoundation.ca