Winchester Press – obit – Arnold Grant Haystead

Arnold Grant Haystead

Arnold Grant Haystead of Ingleside passed awaypeacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thurs.,May 1, 2008. He was 65.
He was born on Dec. 12, 1942 in Athens, Ont. to the late RankinHaystead and the late Mabel Earl. He was the beloved husband ofStella (nee Robinson), whom he married on Oct. 22, 1969 at theUnited Church manse in Winchester. He was the loving father ofPriscilla of Cornwall, Robin (Brenda) of Brockville, and Kevin(Melody) of Grand Prairie, Alta. He was the caring grandfatherof six. He was the dear brother of Ron (Gloria), and Burt (Daphne).He was predeceased by his son Shawn.
He attended public school on Archer Road and high school in Morrisburg.He jointed the military – army division – like his father beforehim, where he stayed for three years. Upon his return home, hedrove a transport for a couple of years before beginning a 30-yearcareer with the St. Lawrence Parks driving a dump truck and usuallyhauling gravel. One of his favourite sa yings was “if thewheels are turning, they are making money.” He finally metthe love of his life, Stella, on a dairy farm in Winchester afterbeing pen pals for some time. After a courtship and then marriage,they lived in Williamsburg for a couple of years before settlingat their current home near Ingleside. He would farm and work outat the same time. When laid off from the St. Lawrence Parks overthe winter, he would work for Cruickshank Construction.
Arnold always had humorous stories to tell his wife and kids atthe supper table. He would often be heard singing his favouritesong “Roll-on 18 wheeler, roll on.” He began collectingmetal and was known as a “steel man.” He was alwaysa hard worker and had big hands to match his big heart. As a familyman, he thought of his wife and children before himself. He showedperseverance to go ahead with whatever life dealt him, and henever gave up. He was a people person – putting others first.He had a natural friendliness and could speak with anyone, andnever said an unkind word about anyone.
Arnold was a humble and generous man. He was honest and sincere,and had a determination and sensitivity about himself that onecould admire. He will forever live on in the memory of his familyand friends.
Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburgon Wed., May 7. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg UnitedChurch on Thurs., May 8 with Rev. Elaine Beattie officiating,followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.The pallbearers were Verlin Gallinger, Ron Marcellus, Rejean Longtin,Gordon Garlough, Gary Whitford, and Lee Johnston. The honourarypallbearer was Harold Gallinger.
In memoriam donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospitalor Williamsburg United Church would be gratefully acknowledged.
Condolences and donations may be made at parkerfh@personainternet.com.