Passed away peacefully with family by his side at the age of 57. Bruce was the loving husband of Shelby for 31 years. Proud Dad of Ryley, Jade, and Aidan. Beloved son of John and Fran Hayter, and younger brother of Scott (Sue) and Jim (Lindy).  Son-in-law of Roma and Wynne Watson and brother-in-law of Andrea (John) and many nieces and nephews.  Bruce will be dearly missed by his family and friends. For 25 years, Major Hayter served in the Canadian Airforce and most recently was an instructor for Transport Canada. He loved spending time at his Muskoka cottage which he always called home for family and friends.  He was incredibly fun-loving and always supportive of family activities. His great sense of humour will be missed by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Ottawa on December 29, 2019 from 1-4 pm.
Celebration of Life location: Ottawa International Airport, 200 Comet Private, Ottawa ON, K1V 9B2   Detailed directions: Enter the airport property via Airport Parkway; first left turn at lights onto Airbus Private; at stop sign turn right onto Comet Private; first right into parking lot; Hangar is across the street from the parking lot with the external steel truss roof system; Only one entrance through a secure entry (press call button for access).
  ICU Nursing Staff Room Appeal   In honour of Bruce Hayter and in recognition of the extraordinary care he received from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and at the Toronto General Hospital, his family would like to fund an upgrade to furnishings in the ICU nursing break rooms. We’re hoping to provide a more comfortable, relaxing, and restorative environment for the nursing staff, who are so important for patient care.
E-transfer funds to: [email protected]
Cheques and cash payable to Scott Hayter. Mail to Bruce Hayter ICU Appeal, 1164-2 Cooper Point Road, Port Carling, ON., P0B 1J0.  Call Scott Hayter at 416-522-1561 with any queries on the appeal.





February 11, 2020
Jeff & Lori Fowler
Dearest Shelby, Ryley, Jade, Aiden and the entire Hayter and Watson Clans. The news of Bruce’s passing has just reached us here in Hong Kong. We are gutted to hear that one of life’s most decent and outstanding human beings has departed this earth. The times we all spent together in Moose Jaw (as room mates, squadron mates, team mates, at progressive dinner parties, combined mess diners, euchre nights, house parties, MC’ing our Wedding, on cross-country flights, and ski trips etc) well….. let’s just say that that posting alone provided Lori and I with a life time of cherished memories. We have Bruce and yourself to thank for it. Lori and I have been blessed to have had several wonder people come into our lives. And Shelby, you and Bruce are two of the finest individuals we have had the privilege to be able to call friend. Per Ardua Ad Astra. Godspeed Bruce Hayter. Keep shooting the puck. You had one-hell-of-a one-timer.
January 17, 2020
Irit, Glenn, Jonah and Benjamin
Dear Shelby and Family, We wanted to express our deep sympathies for the loss of Bruce. He was a consistently kind, genial and supportive "volleyball parent", always helpful and always a treat to talk with. His absence will be sorely felt by family, friends and colleagues. Please know our thoughts are with you.
January 14, 2020
Sandy Hutchison
Dear Shelby and Family, I was very sad to hear of Bruce's passing. Thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time. Sandy
January 06, 2020
Anne-Marie, Alex and Jeremy Scott
Deepest condolences to Shelby, Ryley. Jade and Aidan. Your husband/father was a genuinely good person, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was devoted to his family, was a supportive husband and father, and Dave always spoke highly of him from years of working with Bruce at both 412 and TC. He was always in good spirits and never complained. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him. One comforting thought is that Bruce and Dave are now soaring the skis together - two close friends that always kept in touch.
January 04, 2020
Joost, Rosemary and Nicholas van der Sanden-Gillott
Dear Shelby, Ryley, Jade and Aidan, we are deeply saddened by the news of Bruce's passing. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. We fondly remember meeting Bruce and the rest of you over the course of three volleyball seasons and could not agree more with his characterization as a fun-loving and supportive man. Please accept our sincere condolences.
January 01, 2020
Bill and Arlene Carswell
So sorry to hear about Bruce’s passing today, Shelby. He was such a wonderful human being and a great work colleague, husband, and father. I echo all of the comments on this book of condolence, particularly those that admired his sense of humour and love of life. Through the course of our lifetime we encounter unforgettable characters; Bruce was one of them, and that make the loss particularly acute for us all. Our deepest sympathies to you and the family.
December 30, 2019
Peggy-Sue Lerette
I was sadden to here of Bruce's passing. I worked with him in Shearwater and Greenwood at 434 Sqn. Condolences to all the family during this most difficult time💕
December 30, 2019
Lynda and Keith Thorslund
Dear Shelby, Ryley, Jade and Aidan, Our deepest sympathies are sent to you during this very difficult time. We will always remember Bruce's sense of humour, kindness and dedication to his family. May you find comfort in the memories you shared and strength in the days to come. Condolences to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lynda, Keith, Jeff and Neil Thorslund
December 30, 2019
Nancy MacDonald
Dearest Shelby and Family: I am so sorry for your loss, my sincerest sympathy. You have many people thinking and praying for you. Take care and best wishes, Nancy MacDonald oooo
December 29, 2019
Alison Cordiner
Heartbroken to hear the news of Bruce’s death. My deepest sympathy and condolences to everyone. A terrible loss.
December 29, 2019
Lois and Keith McDonald and Darlene, Roseann and Mike
Dear Shelby, Ryley, Jade and Aidan, we are so very sorry to hear the heartbreaking news of Bruce’s passing. We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to the entire Hayter family at this time of great loss. We fondly remember meeting you and Bruce and the rest of the Hayter family while we visited our very dear friends John and Fran in Muskoka. You are all in our prayers. May The God of Heaven provide comfort and love in great measure at this time of need and in the days ahead.
December 29, 2019
Mike and Rebecca Savard
Dear Shelby & family: We are truly shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. We have fond memories of our time with you in Dartmouth, and remember Bruce as a friendly, welcoming guy who was always willing to lend a hand. We wish you peace during these difficult days, and hope that you find joy in Bruce's memory. Our sincere condolences, Mike and Rebecca Savard
December 29, 2019
BC and Andrea Campbell
Shelby and Family Andrea and I are so sad to hear of Bruce's passing. I went right to my log book, and was reminded of our wonderful times together on two squadrons (414 and 434) and three bases (North Bay, Shearwater and Greenwood) in the 90s. A gentleman, superb pilot, husband, father, friend - what a special man. Although he has left us much too soon, he touched many lives and left a proud legacy of family and friends. Your friends and family grieve with you and hopefully provide some comfort at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
December 29, 2019
Jacqueline and David
Words fail. Shelby, Ryley, and Aidan, hearing of Bruce’s passing was a shock. May you somehow feel comforted surrounded by friends and family as you relive memories, laugh, cry and share stories of a wonderful husband, dad and friend. We will continue to pray for you all that you find strength in each other and that you find comfort during such a difficult time. Jacqueline and David
December 29, 2019
Ken Murton - Air Canada (Capt CAF ret)
To Shelby and family. It was a terrible shock to hear about Bruce's passing. I had the good fortune of having Bruce as one of my instructors in Moose Jaw (90-91) and as a squadron colleague at 434sqn Greenwood (95-97). Bruce was always a pleasure to fly with, even as one of his students. His sense of humour and professionalism helped mold many aspiring new pilots by bringing out the best in us, even when I know we were trying his patience. His legacy continues to this day as we all carry on his teachings in our careers and we, ourselves, now mentor the next generation of pilots. Bruce ... You will be missed, but never forgotten. Per Ardua ad Astra my friend.
December 29, 2019
David & Dianne Dares
We were shocked to hear of Bruce's death. So sorry, to hear of it. Our condolences and best wishes to Shelby and the rest of the family. Great guy. David & Dianne Dares
December 29, 2019
Janet, Brock, Megan, Ethan Kalef
Shelby, Ryley, Jade, and Aidan, So very sorry for your loss. Words can't describe how shocked and saddened we were to learn of Bruce's passing. He was truly one in a million and we will always treasure our fond memories of him, especially from volleyball events. Please accept our deepest and most sincerely sympathies to all of you at this extremely difficult time. xo
December 28, 2019
Stéphane Paquet
Most sincere condoleances from one of Bruce's former students on the CC-144 Challenger at 434 Sqn,Greenwood, N.S. (1995-1997). Bruce was one of the nicest and most professional pilots I've had the honor to work with. I still carry his teachings with me to this day at Air Canada. His legacy, and unmistakable sense of humour will continue to fly way up there with all of us. God Bless and God Speed. Stéphane "Pacman" Paquet and spouse Julie Boucher.
December 28, 2019
Janice and Chris Morrow
Shelby and family....this is so hard to believe and I wish I was there to hug you. Bruce was such a fun-loving and fantastic guy. Our Moose Jaw days were so memorable. We can't look at those old pictures without a big grin on our faces. He knew how to laugh and how to make us laugh. Shelby, I told you that he is the one person that could crack me up no matter what and this was his gift to me that I will treasure. His sense of humour was amazing. We witnessed a fantastic husband and father and his presence will be missed. I have stories that I tell about you both and will continue to tell. He will be forever in our hearts. XOX Janice, Chris, Bryanna and Kailyn XOX
December 28, 2019
Dale & Pattie Hackett
Shelby and family. Bruce was one of the really good guys. We flew together in MJ and I really wanted him to put his name in the hat for the SBs, he would have been an outstanding teammate. I remember the four of us curling in a mixed bonspiel in the Jaw, such great times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Per Ardua ad Astra Love Pattie and Dale Hackett
December 28, 2019
Rodney Ermen
Bruce was a ROCK! Karen and I are saddened to hear of your loss. Sincere condolences to you, Ryley, Jade, Aidan and the rest of your families. He will be missed. Rod
December 28, 2019
Sandra and Dennis Dillon
Dear Shelby and family. We are so saddened by the news of Bruce's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.
December 28, 2019
Robert Harpelle
Dear Shelby, I am so sorry to see this news. I was fortunate enough to serve with Bruce in 434 sqn He was an upstanding person and a skilled instructor. I was fortunate enough to see Bruce down at WOrld airline training seminar in Orlando twice. Take care.
December 28, 2019
Regner Family
Dear Shelby, Riley, Jade & Aiden, please accept our deepest condolences. We always enjoyed talking with Bruce after your walks. He always had a smile when we saw him. He will never be forgotten. Love, Mona, Rich, Emily & Matthew.
December 27, 2019
Phuong Nguyen
Dear Shelby, We are truly sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Phuong
December 27, 2019
Chris Spring
My heartfelt condolences on your loss. I worked with Bruce at Aircraft Services. On meeting him it was soon apparent, his family meant everything. I always respected him for that. I also respected him for the fact that in the time I knew him, he was always a gentleman to deal with.
December 27, 2019
Elena, Rod and Vanessa Goobie
Shelby, Jade, Ryley, Aidan and Hayter family; Sending you our thoughts and prayers. Sincere condolences for your loss. Such an amazing friendly, caring, funny man, Bruce will never be forgotten.
December 26, 2019
Dave Granger
Please accept our condolences on the passing of a great guy. Bruce's impact on my time at ASD was always that of a fun loving guy who loved his family.
December 25, 2019
Mark and Janet Wuennenberg
To Shelby and the rest of the Hayter family. We were saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing. I crossed paths with Bruce several times over the last 30 years including in the Jaw and at ASD. He always had such a positive attitude and friendly demeanour. We hope that the find memories you have of Bruce as a husband, dad and friend will help you get through these challenging times.
December 25, 2019
Elaine Goetz
To Shelby and family, I am deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. Bruce was an inspiration as you continue to be.
December 24, 2019
Fraser Wright
Many fond memories at the lakes in Muskoka, on the slopes in Quebec, many Holiday Seasons shared.. will miss you Bruce ! Our deepest condolences to Fran and John; Shelby, Ryley, Jade, and Aidan; Scott and Jim; and all the Hayter and Watson Families. Fraser, Emiko, Rosemary and Emily
December 24, 2019
David Maranger
Dear Hayter family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Bruce was an incredible person and had such an amazing zest for life. If there is anything I can do to help you guys out in the near future please don’t hesitate to call me, I’m not far away. My deepest condolences and may he Rest In Peace. Love David
December 23, 2019
Ryan & Lisa Eyre
Our deepest condolences Shelby and family — Many best memories flying with Bruce in Ottawa - a great friend, fellow RCAF Pilot and a devoted family man.
December 23, 2019
Jamie Straw
So so sorry for your tragic condolences to you all.
December 23, 2019
Paul, Moriah and Simone Marcogliese
Shelby and family. We want to send our deepest condolences to you and the entire family. Like you, Bruce was an inspiration. All our love.
December 23, 2019
John &Marlene Oldham
Christmas is so bittersweet A rose’s beauty is incomplete Without the stem of thorns. Sending supportive Love and Light in your grief. May happy memories warm your grieving hearts. Former Muskokans (Isle of Skye) John and Marlene Oldham
December 23, 2019
Heather McEwen
Shelby, Ryley, Jade and Aidan. My deepest condolences. So very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I knew Bruce through hockey. He was such a proud dad and will be missed.
December 23, 2019
Joelle, Bruce, Ally and Grady McClure
We are so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends who were lucky enough to have Bruce for a time in their life story. Bruce will be remembered and missed by many.
December 22, 2019
Anna and Ian
Dear Shelby, Ryley, Jade and Aidan, we are so very sorry to hear the devastating news of Bruce’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time.
December 22, 2019
Brian Forbes Colgate
Dear Shelby, Ryley, Jade, and Aidan, John and Fran, and all of Bruce's extended families. My prayers will be with you all for this immediate time of raw grief, and will continue for you in the months ahead. Blessings, Brian
December 22, 2019
Adrianne Petitti & Scott Milligan
Shelby and family, Our sincere condolences on Bruce's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Adrianne & Scott
December 22, 2019
Ken Rennick
Our sincere condolences. Ken & Wanda Rennick.
December 22, 2019
Chris Hope
I flew with Bruce in Moose Jaw in the late 80s and he was a great man. So sorry to hear we lost him at the prime of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
December 22, 2019
Peter, Linda, Matthew and Hannah Burgstaller
Dear Shelby, Ryley, Jade and Aidan, We were so very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. We are thinking of you with deepest sympathy. Wishing you strength and peace in the days ahead.
December 20, 2019
Clark and Rhonna Da Costa Gomex and family
Our deepest sympathies at this sad time. Thinking of you all and saying prayers of strength. A terrible loss of a vibrant soul.