• Hayward Francis Smith

    October 24, 2020
  • Hayward Francis Smith October 13, 1943 – October 23, 2020

    It’s with profound sadness we announce the passing of our Captain “Hayward Francis Smith” October 23, 2020 at the Palliative Care Unit, L. A. Miller Centre, St. John’s, NL, with his Wife, Daughter and Son-in-law by his side. Dad fought a courageous 18 month battle with skin cancer. Predeceased by his parents Mary and Dena, step-father Fred, Brother Arch (March 2020), Brother-in-law Morgan, Sister-in-law Beulah, Sister Norma and Uncle Reg. Left to mourn with a lifetime of memories his wife Sylvia of 56 years. Sons, Paul (Diane) in ON, Mark (Vicki) in MB and daughter Kelly (Albert) in NL, 6 grandchildren and their partners, and 3 step-great grandchildren. Siblings, Maude, Ron (Elsie), Marie, Violet (Gerry), Florence (Joanne), Ida (Clayton) Laura, Eddie (Doug). Aunt Mary. In-laws, Lillian (Alf), Mavis (Bern), Nancy (Bill), Terri, Darlene (Bill), Stan (Sandy) George (Sam), Darren (Marlene), Adrian (Donna). Special friends John and Mary Thorne, his fishing buddy Harold Piercey and special friends in Manitoba, plus a large number of nieces and nephews whom he loved. Dad was a friend to all and loved the community he lived in. After joining the Canadian Army Service Corps and serving in the Congo Dad met his bride in Toronto and they ended up back in Newfoundland where he worked in the Long Harbour Plant until his retirement. He served on the Lions Club, Town Council, Fire Dept, Cadet Corp and Harbour Authority. He was on the board of the NL Trappers Assoc for many years and part of the Peacekeepers Association. As an avid outdoors man he spent his retirement doing what he loved. Cutting wood alongside his brothers, salmon fishing, trapping, cod fishing, trouting, moose hunting with his Son and most of all, boating with his daughter and son-in-law. He also loved to drive across Canada with Mom to visit his family especially his Son in Manitoba. Dads love for the Long Cove Harbour and Trinity Bay was immense. He spent many days taking family, friends and even strangers out on the water, and took every opportunity he had to tell people about the beautiful harbour we have. He believed in the Province, his community and was proud of where he came from.
    Special thanks to; Doctors Tibbo, Angel, Armstrong, Tompkins and the radiation and chemo team at the Dr H Bliss Murphy Cancer Clinic. Dr McKelvie for the years of outstanding care. The Palliative Care Team, Dr. Susan Macdonald, Dr Rogers, Social Worker, Connie and the Nursing staff at the Palliative Care Unit 3rd floor who are angels on earth. And warm appreciation to Tracy, Robyn, Clarice for the home support visits that Dad enjoyed, and Corey at the Chapel Arm Pharmacy for the special attention you gave Dad.
    Words could never express the gratitude we feel to family and friends for all the support. From helping to bring Dads wood home to driving him to appointments and everything in between we will forever touched by your generosity.

    Due to COVID 19 restrictions Family Visitation Tuesday, Oct. 27,2020  2:00 – 6:00 pm.  Private family  Funeral service at The Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Norman’s Cove  on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 2:00 pm.

    Flowers gratefully accepted or donations can be made to the “Patient and Family Support Fund” at the Dr H Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation.

    Funeral Arrangements entrusted in Holloways Funeral Home, Whitbourne. Cremation has taken place. Funeral and visitation details will follow.

    “We can’t control the winds, but we can adjust our sails.”

  • 39 comments

    Hayward's wit will always be remembered. My first trip with Morgan to NL. I asked why there were no brick houses - Ward without missing a beat said: "Sure, Terri, there are no wolves in Newfoundland..." (although, now there are, accordingly to him). I will always remember the wonderful times at "Fire Lake"!

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    So sorry for your loss. Hayward was a sweet man. He will be missed by family and friends. Big hug to you all. Joanne

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    so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. condolences to the family R I P our friend

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    Both Garfield and I send our deepest condolences to the Smith family. Thinking of you all through this difficult time,hugs to all

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    Another loved one gone too soon. Thinking of all family and friends. ❤️🙏

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    I am so sorry to hear about Hayward. I have memories of him from growing up with Mark, seeing him when I was home in the summer, and talking about Manitoba. Cherish your memories. Arlene Kinden

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    Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. May the happy memories keep him alive in your heart. He will be looking out for you! Good thoughts for you and your family.

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    Our condolences to cousin Sylvia and all the family.

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    Sylvia, Kelly and family...I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost such a kind, gentle soul, your Dad always had a smile for everyone and will certainly be missed.

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    Sylvia and family , so very sorry to here of haywards passing . I remember the many chats Hayward and Steve had when they both proudly represented the Harbour Authority, happier times for sure . God Bless you all . Sending hugs and prayers. Carol

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    Though we had never met Hayward in person, we have many fond memories of talking to Hayward over the phone discussing Trapping and Trapping courses. We are so sorry for your loss our deepest and most sincere condolences of our wonderful friend. Signed Derek and Dalphine Pye Churchill Falls Labrador.

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    So sorry to hear about Hayward’s passing , we loved running into him down at the wharf . He was such a nice man. He will be missed.

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    So sorry to hear about Hayward's passing. He was a kind man ready to help anyone. Sure will be missed in our community. Our deepest condolences to your family.

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    So sorry .. thinking of you all...

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    RIP my old friend, you’ll be missed.You watch has ended, go in peace my Friend.

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    This was such sad news, Hayward always had great stories to tell everytime we spoke. He told me of his return from the Congo when we did the veterans dinner many years ago and it was such an honor to hear of his experiences. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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    My sincere condolences to the family on Hayward’s passing. I knew Hayward from Long Harbour, were we worked together for many years. May He Rest In Peace.

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    Sylvia and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Hayward Rest In Peace.

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    Hayward was my best buddy ,he was like a brother since 1967.we fished together ,hunted, trapped partied and much more .The laughs we shared cant be counted Life will be different without him around.Rest in eternal peace my friend.Our heart felt sorrow goes out to Sylvia .Kelly .Mark and Paul and all the Smitb family .

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    We were very saddened to learn of Hayward’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to your Mom, you and all the family. Hayward was a warm, caring friend and he will be dearly missed by many, especially those whose lives he touched. Please give your mom a big hug for us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Selby and Helen

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    Hayward was such a kind and gentle man. Couldn’t wait to get you on the boat or out on the water. We have wonderful memories of him. From reading his beautiful obituary it’s plain to see he lived life to the fullest, was well loved and loved well. He touched a lot of lives and made this world a much better and kinder place. God bless.

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    A great outdoors man with stories of wit and wisdom! Always enjoyed his visits and hearing his stories. Truly a very lovable person! Al and I send our condolences to my dear cousin and all the families! hugs!

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    Sylvia and family, so sorry for your loss, Hayward will certainly be missed in this community, always smiling. Our deepest condolences to the family! Hugs to all.

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    So sorry to hear of Haywards passing. Condolences to everyone. May he Rest In Peace.

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    Our sincere condolences to all of Hayward’s family.

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    Our sincere condolences for your Loss. May Hayward rest in the Arms of our Jesus, and his love and our prayers help you and the Family in your grief.

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    So sorry about Hayward passing my condolence to all the smiths family

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    Sylvia and family, We express to you are heart felt condolences on the death of Hayward. May God’s assurance of hope in the new life to which he has called Hayward comfort your hearts at this difficult and challenging time in your lives.

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    I’ll always cherish memories of the time I spent with Ward. We had a great friendship and spent a lot of quality bonding time together. From fishing and boating to home/boat renovations and repairs. Thanks for teaching me so much. Fishing on the ocean without a rod?!? I never knew. I think that even in Manitoba he caught more fish than me! Here’s to you, my friend.

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    My deepest condolences to Slyvia and to the Smith family. Hayward will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.

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    So sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family 🙏

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    Sylvia and family Sorry for your loss Thinking of you and extending deepest sympathy

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    We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Haywards family. He will be deeply missed.

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    Most sincere condolences to you, Sylvia, and all your family. Hayward will be so missed by so many whose lives he touched - especially for his quick wit and friendliness. Big hugs to all of you...

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    Sylvia we are so sorry to hear of Hayward's passing. We have fond memories of him from the Tapper's Conventions. Our sincere condolences. Dermond and Joanne

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    Sylvia, Kelly , Paul and Mark and families. So very sorry to hear off Haywards passing . May your memories bring you peace of mind during this very trying time Remembering the times together (camping) and dances at the Lions centre. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless.

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    We are sending out our heartfelt condolences to Sylvia and all the family at this sad occasion , may you all feel comfort in knowing that he is in a better place.....God bless !

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    Going to miss my wonderful uncle so much. He was one of the kindest people I've ever known. I'll never forget all the times he took me out in the boat and taught me how to put a hook on my line "the right way". I only wish I got to spend more time with him. Deepest condolences to the rest of the family. I love you all so much and am sending all my thoughts and prayers your way.

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    So sorry for your lost.

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