Visitation

Visitation on Friday from 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond.

Service

The funeral service will be conducted at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Anglican Church, 442 William St. at Queens Ave., on Saturday, March 22 at 11 am.

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Donations

Memorial contributions to Nature London, Box 24008, London, ON N6G 5C4 would be gratefully acknowledged. Please remit directly to the charity by mail. Complete and send the form on this page to notify family of your contribution.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Thomas Hayman

Death Notice

HAYMAN, Thomas - peacefully at his residence on Monday, March 17, 2014, Thomas Norton Hayman of London in his 90th year. He leaves his wife and soul-mate Jill; son Tom Hayman (Diana), daughters Mary Lou (Peter Byrne), Jeannette (Dennis Skinnner); stepchildren Kimberley (Tom Gal), and David Waters; grandchildren Sam Byrne and Victoria Hayman, and Nicole Reschke, nee Waters and Alex Waters, Jacob, Jordana and Zara Gal; great-grandchildren Halle Reschke and Leon Waters; and his sister Nancy Pettinger. Son of the late Lorne Thomas and Lucy Norton. Tom lived his entire life in London. He went from Broughdale Public School to Ridley College where he graduated in 1943. Tom went on to the University of Toronto where he received his PEng degree in 1948 and later received a BA at University of Western Ontario. Last year, Tom received his silver medal award from the Chancellor of U of T, commemorating his 65th year as a Professional Engineer. After graduating, he worked for a short time with John Hayman and Sons, and later acquired Cities Heating Company Ltd which he ran until its sale in the 1980s. Tom was a past member of the Emily Creek Club, Upper Thames Conservation Authority, Nature London (formerly the McIlwraith Field Naturalists), the Hunt Club, and the London Club where he was a member for over 60 years. Tom was an avid birder and spent many years teaching bird identification classes at Fanshawe College. He wrote The World Outdoors for the London Free Press for 48 years. His great love of nature taught everyone around him to appreciate our world in a much brighter and happier light. He took great delight in teaching his children and grandchildren the wonders of the world outdoors. His birdwatching took him all over the world, including Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Australia, and Africa which was his favourite birding spot. Tom was an annual fixture at Point Pelee, Rondeau and Hawk Cliff. In 1973, he was the first birder to sight over 300 different bird species in Ontario in one year. In 2003, he was honoured by receiving the Ontario Field Ornithologists Certificate of Appreciation for his dedication and support of the South Western Ontario bird watching community for his unwavering commitment to public education and about birds and nature in a weekly column in the London Free Press for the past 40 years. Tom also received the Conservation Award from Nature London in 2006 for his outstanding contributions to conservation. Visitation on Friday from 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Anglican Church, 442 William St. at Queens Ave., on Saturday, March 22 at 11 am. Private interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Nature London, Box 24008, London, ON N6G 5C4 would be gratefully acknowledged. "To those of you who will listen and who are able I ask you, even beg you, to keep this place one of quiet enjoyment, one of rest, recreation and fun. I ask you to keep it the precious place it has been in the past. After all, the earth does not belong to us; we belong to it. May we all remember that in years to come, so that those who come after can enjoy as we have enjoyed." Tom Hayman