Walter Dale Jayes

March 06, 1931 - September 12, 2021

Walter Dale Jayes

March 06, 1931 - September 12, 2021


Obituary For Walter Dale Jayes

W. Dale Jayes of Raleigh, NC, died Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the age of 90 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and the related dementia. He was born in Toronto, the son of the late Walter George and Marguerite DeRousie Jayes. Dale grew up in Cornwall, Ontario, graduated high school from Cornwall Collegiate & Vocational School, and then earned a degree in electrical technology at Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto, followed by an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech. This would lead to a 33-year career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, primarily in Raleigh and Athens, GA.

Dale’s greatest joy was his 63-year marriage to Miriam Kyte Jayes (Mirilou). Together, with their three children, they enjoyed regular trips to visit family in Cornwall, as well as many camping trips, from Nova Scotia to the Florida Keys. After Dale’s retirement, they cherished trips to many other countries as well. Dale particularly enjoyed sailing over the years on Lake Gaston and Lake Lanier. In his quiet moments, Dale was an avid reader with a strong interest in history and non-fiction.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marguerite of Cornwall; his sister, Hilda Levi of Chattanooga, TN; and his granddaughter, Christina Jayes of Raleigh.

Dale is survived by his wife Mirilou; his son, Kevin (Friederike) of Cary, NC; his son, Brent (Diana) of Raleigh and their son, Austin; his daughter, Jennifer Whichard (John) of Rocky Mount, NC and their son, Zachary, (Lindsey), and their sons, Ryder and Silas; his sister, Marcia Tughan (Ron) of Nepean, ON; and many nephews, nieces, and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Renaissance Funeral Home and Crematory, 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. Dale will be laid to rest Friday at Pine Forest Cemetery, Wake Forest, in a private family service.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Optimist Club of Wake Forest (P.O. Box 1992, Wake Forest, NC 27588).





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  • The family of Don MacDonald from Cornwall, On would like to extend condolences to all of you on the loss of Mr Jayes. Our fathers attended high school & Ryerson together, played on school teams together, forged a friendship that lasted till our dad passed in 2009. Our mom has dementia and lives in LTC in Cornwall. We had wondered how the Jayes were doing when dealing with the move & going through their address book at the time. Thinking of you and saying a prayer. Our parents always enjoyed the visits your parents made to them in Cornwall over the years. Joanne, Don, Peter, Lorraine, Alastair & Jennifer (the Peter St gang)

  • When I moved to Wake Forest in 1998, Dale and Mirilou would be two of the kindest people my mother and I would meet and get to know as neighbors. What fine people - they don't get any better than that! I am praying for the entire family. Linda Rogers

  • We will truly miss that million dollar smile and his sense of humor. What a wonderful life he had surrounded by so many loving people. We will keep those precious memories of fun times together close to our hearts during this sad time. With love, Terri Levi Lynch and family

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