Charles Ronald Hayne
October 8, 1934—June 6, 2016
Ron was born in the small town of Didsbury, Alberta, the sixth and last child of Lloyd and Velma Hayne, who farmed fourteen miles from town. In the days of no school buses, he rode a horse to a one-room school. Ron used to say that he was the smartest kid in his grade, but often he was the only one in his grade. He and his sister boarded in town during the week to attend high school.
When it was time for university, Ron chose the University of Washington in Seattle for engineering. On a blind date, he met the love of his life and proposed to her on the second date saying, “I am going back to Canada when I graduate. If you are not interested, let me know now.” He was very persuasive and they were married in 1958.
After graduation, Ron joined Union Carbide, Linde Gases, now Praxair, where as a result the family travelled back and forth across Canada for 30 years; at one time they moved nine times in l3 years. When Ron retired in 1990, he was District Manager for plants from Thunder Bay to Vancouver Island.
With his farm background, Ron was always able to fix anything, to remodel houses as they moved around the country and finally to build a dream home on Salt Spring. He relaxed by playing golf with the “Fickle Fingers” and playing bridge with Probus and the Men’s Group as well as being a volunteer driver for seniors.
Ron leaves his wife of 58 years, Susan, son, Stephen (Barbara) and two wonderful grandsons, Lucas and Max, many friends all across the country and fond relatives in Alberta.
Our appreciation for all the care Ron has had over the years at the Lady Minto Hospital goes especially now to the Palliative Care Nurses and the volunteers in Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your choice.