Bryan Hay

HAY, Bryan…

The family and friends of Bryan Alexander Hay are saddened to announce his passing on January 12th, 2023, his mother’s birthday. Throughout 2022, Bryan made a valiant effort to overcome his cancer diagnosis and spent his last month in the London Health Sciences Thoracic and Critical Care and Trauma Units at Victoria Hospital. Bryan’s unique personality enriched the lives of his parents, Millie and Dan; siblings, Sylvia (Alan), the late Karen (2005), Cory (Will), Rob (Kim); his son, Alexander; extended family, and the numerous friends, co-workers and acquaintances that crossed his path.

Bryan began his life in the prairie city of Brandon, Manitoba where he was half of the “adventure twins: John and Tom,” with his older sister, Karen. He and KP were inseparable and, often collaborating with another playmate or two, were rescued from many scrapes by a handy adult or older sister, Sylvia. Tragedy struck at the age of 10 when his father, Dr. Arthur William Stewart Hay, passed away. Bryan and his grieving family began a new life in Northern Ontario, surrounded by the beautiful lakes, trees and rocks of the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods Districts.

During this time, Bryan’s family had the amazing good fortune of “blending” with the McInnes Clan of Fort Frances and the two families became one. Millie and Dan relocated to London, where Bryan completed High School and pursued his passion for carpentry and ultimately became a gifted custom cabinet maker. He took great pride in his skill and talent and many family members, friends and customers cherish the hand-crafted pieces he created over the past 40 years.

Bryan’s family would like to thank the dedicated and compassionate professionals of the London Health Sciences at both the Victoria and Western University Hospitals plus the various staff and services who cared for him in his last seven months. In particular, Christine and the nurses of the Thoracic floor as well as Jason and the nurses of the Critical Care and Trauma Centre, who were consistently kind and patient. A very special thank you goes out to the team of Dr. Dalilah Fortin and Dr. Mehdi Qiabi for their heroic efforts and, in addition, to the team of Dr. Michael Sanatani at the London Regional Cancer Program.

Those wishing to honour Bryan’s memory with a donation, are asked to consider donating to the London Regional Cancer Program, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of their choice. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Bryan will be greatly missed but we take comfort in the thought that he will be welcomed by his loved ones who have gone before.

“He was a kind, intelligent, talented, interesting soul and a true friend.”
~Sara, coworker… and friend

Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. Condolences to the family and friends. Bryan will be truely missed.💞💞💞💞

  2. so sad to see this my condolonces he was such a great friend to all he met the world will be a lonely place with you gpne my friend

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