HAYTER, Sarah Lucille (nee Fallon)
Born on a family farm near Port Dover, just as the Great War was coming to
an end, Sarah later graduated from Hamilton General Hospital as a nurse
and soon after joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Later, in
WW11, she took her nursing skills to the Royal Canadian Navy. Following
the end of her marriage to a naval pilot, she set out, in 1953, to begin a
new life in the small, friendly city of Guelph. There she raised her
young son Bryan as a single mother and established a distinguished career
as a public health nurse and, later, as an addictions counsellor.
Along the way, she took a break from her career to obtain a much cherished
BA at the University of Guelph, studying there at the same time as her
son. Throughout her long life, she was involved in local nature and
conservation groups; became an expert knitter, seamstress and gardener;
practiced green living habits before they were called that; and walked
everywhere (a possible source of her longevity?)
She was Grammie to her grandsons Simon (Liz), of Garden Bay, B.C. and
Devon (Nichole) of Ottawa and provided unswerving support for their young
To her son Bryan (Monika) of Fergus, she was the rock of his existence.
She provided unconditional love and was always ready for tea and a chat!
Her wisdom and experience as a counsellor made her a good sounding board
for her family and friends.
Sarah had a long affiliation with St. James Anglican Church where she
served in many capacities and developed several close friendships. Few of
her contemporaries are around to read these words, but many family and
church friends or their children, plus a few scattered relatives, remember
her fondly. Heartfelt thanks to those faithful and welcome visitors to
her little home at Riverside Glen; Rev.Trudy Lebans, Gary Thomson, Nan
Hogg, JoAnn Hayter, Julie Wheeler-Bryant with Molly the dog, Donna Moore,
Wendy Woodhouse, Frank Bayne and Lynn Borthwick. The care Sarah received
during her year-long residency at Riverside Glen was outstanding and
memorable. Her ashes will be interred in Port Dover Cemetery beside the
remains of her parents William and Bertha Fallon and her two sisters Laura
Fallon and Evelyn Andrews (nee Fallon) A celebration and appreciation for
a good, long life, well spent, will occur in the spring. Her son Bryan
will celebrate, especially, the fact that he was able to enjoy the comfort
and companionship of having his mother as a part of his life for almost 70
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