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Marie Claire Hayes

February 28, 1935 - March 21, 2016


Claire Marie Hayes (nee Provost) 1935 2016


Claire passed away at the Kootenay Lake hospital on March 21st surrounded by her family.

She was well known in Lakeside park for her years driving the streetcar in Nelson and more

recently for her grey scooter that she used to feed the birds and give treats to the passing dogs.

Claire will be remembered by her family and friends as someone who was kind, funny,

independent and loyal. Over the years she ‘adopted’ hundreds of extra kids as she had this

uncanny ability to make everyone feel at home. Her accepting and eclectic nature made for an

interesting life full of artists, musicians and writers.

She was an accomplished piano player, a painter and a lover of nature and animals. She was a

political person who loved Canada and who always stood up for equality, justice and freedom.

She’ll be missed by a great many people, and we’re sure she’ll make a formidable, if not tiny

guardian angel for us all.

Claire is predeceased by her husband George Hayes and her son Bruce Hayes. She is

survived by her son Bill Hayes, and her three daughters, Leanne Hayes, Shonna Hayes and

Tina Hayes. She has 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Marthe Lachance
Relation: Distant relative

My sincere condolences to the Hayes family on the passing of their mother.

From: Brenda Ross
Relation: Friend of family

Sending prayers of strength and peace to the family.Claire enriched my life through the friendship I had with Tina back in Fernie (70’s)and will be remembered for her humour, kindness and hospitality. She had a way of making you feel at home and welcome. Being that I was in my teen years it was quite something to be comfortable around adults. She will be missed but not forgotten. Shine on Claire!!

From: Marilyn Gareau
Relation: Worked with her at the mine.

Sending my condolences to the Hayes family. I so enjoyed the time I worked with Claire up the hill. She will most certainly be missed.

From: Meg
Relation: Friend, and friend of her family

So glad to have known you, Claire, we’ll miss you. The birds are doing fine, but they miss you, too!

From: patricia covey
Relation: cousin

so sorry to hear about aunt Claire. i truly wish i had been able to visit rather than just call her when i was out there a few years ago. don’t know if you’ll remember me but i stayed with you for awhile when u lived in Ottawa. once again my best to you all, and know she’s with Bruce and maybe even your dad. i know mom will make her welcome

From: Lilian Ralph (Belanger)
Relation: first cousin - Mother's brother's daughter

Marie-Claire was a beloved member of our family. She will be

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