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Christopher Alexander Hayward

Christopher Alexander HaywardChristopher suddenly passed away in the mid-evening of Friday, April 11, 2014 at HSC after a long fight.

Christopher has now gone travelling.  He was born August 26th, 1955 in Trail, B.C., the youngest of three children.

He enjoyed life, and celebrated life in everything he did; work, music, people, and gatherings.

He volunteered at the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the past 38 years.

He loved life, and was a kind and generous soul. He was predeceased by his mother June Florence Hayward (nee Sheane), and daughter, Kyra Leah Hayward.

He will be sadly missed by his partner of several years, Brenda Currey, son Nathanial by former wife Donna, his Dad, Charles Tupper Hayward,

brothers Bruce and Dennis, granddaughter Tiger Lily, extended family, and many, many friends.

There will be a Celebration of His Life in the summer, around the Folk Festival Sunday time, and later on his birthday in August.

We are extremely grateful to the staff of H4 and H7 in the HSC for their wonderful care of Christopher.

For online condolences or to light a memorial candle please log onto www.mosaicfunerals.ca.


Christopher Alexander Hayward

Christopher Alexander Hayward

August 26th, 1955 - April 11th, 2014

About Topher – the early years.

He disliked being called Chris, and preferred being called Christopher. After one discussion on this I started calling him, ‘Topher’ about age eight or nine.  It worked between us, though Toperisms (sayings) appeared later in his life.

For the most part we grew up in the old west end of Winnipeg, having moved from BC in the late 50s.  Very few people would rent a house to a family with three young boys so the house at 876 Lipton needed a lot of work, I seem to remember Dad shovelling the old wallpaper off of the wall. That place quickly turned into a loving home.

To put a notion of the time, when we lived at 876 Lipton, there was a junkman that used to go up the backlane (horse drawn cart)  trading and swapping,  In the summer there was the vegetable man that likewise was with a horse drawn wagon up the front street peddling his ware (and yes the women came out of the houses to buy.

And to put it in perspective, there was the iceman on a straw covered wagon up the front street, for those that still had iceboxes. It was a treat in the summer for Christopher and me to be able to grab a couple of ice chips to suck on  I cannot remember whether we did have an icebox or not.

We were raised with church on Sunday (Our Grandpa Hayward was a minister) We were taught to respect people, give up our seat to an elderly, watch our Ps & Qs, and to mind our manners, and of course, a good work ethic.

In the event we forgot, we were reminded….

Christopher got away with a lot more being the baby of the family (the youngest of three boys. 

Growing up, Christopher and I were not only brothers, but best friends being about a year and a half apart in age. We did most everything together for about the first 14 years of his life.

It was not unusual for us to put together a lunch and then bike from the old west end to the zoo at Assiniboine park. 

The old Macs theatre on Ellice< at Sherbrook offered three movies for a quarter – it hardly mattered what they were, mostly westerns, and a theatre of happy screaming kids.

We ten pin bowled at Empress lanes from 9am on Saturdays until noon (a dollar I think)

Roller Skated at the Saints roller rink.

Biked at Monkey Speedway (Oman’s creek) and tobogganed there in the winter (yes we were  outside both winter and summer) with hot chocolate and a fat boy after.

We maintained Tribune paper routes from a young age, with Dennis starting first, bringing in me, and Christopher, so even from a young age we paid for a lot of our own adventures ourselves. 

Some of this went into savings for events such as Christopher and I putting on an anniversary party for our Mom and Dad. We bought a new carving set for them at one of these events.

Some of our savings went into buying pennants (little triangular flags) from each place that we visited during two weeks of holidays that Dad packed an amazing amount of stuff into.

We learned how to play chess at a young age ( I think Grandpa Hayward taught us)  We were always fairly easily matched, and could win over most adults after a few years,

 Being three boys, we had our hand in the kitchen as well as in the workshop. We learned how to use a hunting knife, filet fish, fairly young and learned how to shoot.  We went from wolf cubs, to boy scouts, to Air Cadets, as was the day (though Christopher missed out in the latter.

Christopher and I both swam a lot, passing all Red Cross levels, including receiving the Bronze Medal (lifeguard level) – He later met Donna while he was a lifeguard at Miami beach where her family stayed in the summer.

 We did and learned a lot, thanks to our parents, and our own ethic.

 Somewhere about when Christopher hit 14, that a different world opened up. I ended up, at that time with a grade nine education, and Christopher, a grade seven education.

 Christopher left home when he was 14, myself at 15. It was the late 1960s.

 We somewhat went our separate ways, I worked up north in the bush a lot, hooking up with Christopher occasionally, in Winnipeg, and elsewhere. Though I remember hitchhiking out to Vancouver to look for him when he was 15 as Mom was worried. Amazingly so I found him, and he was fine.

 That was the early years.

- Bruce

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