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Newest Bowen road recognizes influential Islander

Hayes Road, named for well known Islander Piers Hayes, is now officially on the Bowen map

Bowen’s newest road is just a few days old, and named for an Islander who was a force on Bowen for many years.

Hayes Road - appropriately named for Piers Hayes (1944-2016) - can be found in the new Arbutus Ridge community on the west side of the island. Piers and his wife Jo took over operation of the Snug Cafe in 2007, and there’s a good chance anyone who came through the doors in the following decade was called ‘Blu’ by Piers - the affectionate moniker he gave to everybody new he met. Piers was also founder of the local Rotary Club, a cause he believed in deeply.

On June 4 Piers’ family gathered to unveil the new road sign and toast their beloved family member and man who gave so much to the island.

To read more about Piers, you can take a look at a pair of 2016 stories from former Bowen Island Undercurrent Editor Louise Loik: 'A life together full of adventure', and 'Team Blu'.

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