It is with heavy hearts that the family of Daniel Joseph Hayes of Southfield, NB announces his passing after a short and courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Saint John Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sussex on August 31, 1958, a son of Connie (Mason) Hayes and the late Delbert Hayes.
Danny is survived by his loving wife Connie McGinnis-Hayes; son Bradley (Michelle); daughters Crystal Coates (Harry), Carla Monahan (Sean); step-daughter Tracey Hanlin (Karl); brothers Warren (Arletta), Everett (Dale), David (Erin); sisters Debbie Benson (Tony), Sharon Townsend (Blair Drake), Jean Hayes, Thelma Folkins (Cecil), Heather Dalling (Gregg); grandchildren Spencer & Kennadi Hayes, Charlotte & Dahleigha Coates, Molly Monahan and her expected sister February 2018; step-grandson Drew Hanlin (Brianna Fournier); brothers-in-law Maurice McGinnis (Kelle), Francis McGinnis (Georgie), Carl McGinnis (Patti-Jo); sisters-in-law Brenda Wilkins (Wayne), Marlene McGinnis (Rene); mother-in-law Doris McGinnis; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Besides his father, Danny was also predeceased by his infant sister Valerie, maternal grandparents Bernice and Joe Mason and paternal grandparents Warren and Iola Hayes and his father-in-law Gerald McGinnis.
Danny was employed with Department of Transportation for 42 years, starting in 1976 as a casual mowing ditches and over the years worked his way up to a Highway Supervisor II. Danny was very conscientious about his job and went above and beyond. If there was a call for snow Danny was always out to ensure the roads were cleared.
Danny was a gentle soul who made friends anywhere and always had a smile. He loved camping with family, driving his ATV, working with his tractor on his brother’s farm and he was very proud of his black dodge ram. He loved Christmas and attended many family functions. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was loved by his family and will be greatly missed by all.
He is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (506-839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, where visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8PM. The funeral service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 2:00PM from the Sussex Wesleyan Church, 280 St. George Street. A private family interment will take place following the service in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Norton.
Donations in memory of Danny may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the memorial of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through SherwoodsFuneralHome.com