David Mackness Hayne
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DAVID MACKNESS HAYNE Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 in his 88th year. Born in Toronto on August 12, 1921, the son of parents Herbert George Hayne, and Elizabeth Mackness. Predeceased by his loving wife, Madge Hood Robertson Niven Hayne. Father of Heather Elizabeth (David), Fred Steven (Donna), and Bruce Jonathan (Joyce), and Grandfather to Blair David, Megan Marie, Sean Jonathan and Melissa Maria. David was a professor of French at University College, University of Toronto for over 40 years. As the author or editor of more than two hundred books, articles, bibliographies and book reviews relating to Quebec literature and comparative Canadian literature, Hayne received the Centennial Medal (1967), the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1970), was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Ottawa (1985) and was appointed a member of the Order of Canada (2000). He was a former president of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association, the University of Toronto Faculty Club and the Bibliographical Society of Canada. There will be a celebration of his life on December 6th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church, 254 Sunset Blvd., Stouffville. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.


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Published in Toronto Star on Nov. 22, 2008.
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November 24, 2008
David Hayne was a brilliant academic and a superb lecturer. More importantly, he was a person who genuinely cared about others and demonstrated that love and concern through actions. The world is a better place because he has been in it.
Dennis Drummond
November 23, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
David N. Cadogan
November 22, 2008
Mr Hayne was my neighbour for my entire life. He was a man that was warm hearted, caring and very influential. He was my unofficial 2nd Grampa!

When I was married this past June, I was so excited to hear that he was attending my wedding, and that his daughter and her significant other were making their long journey from up north! He had such a smile on his face the entire evening.

I saw Mr Hayne every week at my work and he always greeted everyone with a warm smile and hello. When I walked into work and told them Mr Hayne had passed away, we all teared us.

Mr Hayne, you were a wonderful man that was an influential part of my life. Goodness knows you are the reason I got through high school french, always willing to help. I'm so thrilled and honored to have known you, and I will miss you!
Karen Bisson
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