Jervis Hayes was a much loved and respected member of the Adelong community in general and the Adelong Men’s Shed in particular, and the Shed paid tribute to him by hanging his picture on the wall on Wednesday.
“I can’t say enough about how great Jervis was,” Shed publicity officer Ian Elliott said.
“He was a highly educated man and a very active man. Toward the end when his body was failing his mind was still very active, to the benefit of the shed. He was in Sydney but he was still very interested in what was going on here.” Just before hanging up his father’s picture, Snowy Valleys Mayor James Hayes thanked everyone and said he was sure his father would leave a legacy.
“He engaged people; he was a people’s person and he liked a yarn. There were a few things he didn’t like and I’ve done all of them – teaching, politics and cricket.
“I’m lucky about the opportunities he and my mother gave me. He was an egalitarian and gave me a lot of advice I will cherish. I miss him and the family misses him.”
Shed members and guests wrote their appreciation of him in a book.
“We feel very privileged to have shared many times with Jervis; his skills as a veterinarian were nothing short of astonishing whilst always accompanied by his wit and entertaining conversation. These sort of people are not born any more. A truly wonderful man.” Kerry and Marlene Pearce.
Since Mr Hayes’ passing many have come forward with praise. Warwick Arden, now the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, North Carolina State University, has described him as “a man dedicated to his profession and continued learning, experienced, hardworking, wise, perceptive, and compassionate.
His dry, quick-witted humor was legendary! He was committed not only to the health and welfare of his patients, but indeed their owners, whether they be companion animals, horses or livestock.
I will be forever grateful to Jervis for taking this scared, confused kid under his wing and setting me on a solid path.”
Paul McMahon said the following:
“With the passing of Jervis, not only did the Adelong district lose one of our most well known and loved icons, but the Veterinary Profession lost a living treasure. “For those of us who were lucky enough to be mentored by him – all four generations of us –we will never forget his bestowal to us of his veterinary knowledge and life skills, his support of us during our journey, and his ability to always entertain us.”