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VERNON, CT: William R. Hayes, 81, of Vernon, Conn., formerly of Manchester, Conn., passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Haverhill, July 5, 1933, where he attended local schools. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1951, where he held the football extra point record for 33 years. He attended Norwich University Military College in Northfield, Vt., graduating in 1956. After graduation, Bill served in the United States Army while stationed in Japan, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant Armored Division.

His love of playing football at an early age extended from high school into college then in the U.S. Army. Bill was active in Manchester youth sports, coaching the Patriots Midget Football team. Bill worked in the medical supplies sales industry until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, Bill worked for UCONN Event Staff, providing attendant assistance for special and sporting events.

Bill’s greatest love was his family.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Bernice of 58 years and his loving children, Susan Daar of Phoenix, Ariz., Michael Hayes of Ellington, Conn., Cynthia and her husband, Michael Jalbert of Tolland, Conn., Stephanie and her husband, Michael D’Averso of Tolland, Conn., and four wonderful grandchildren, Alison and Nicole Jalbert, Michael and William D’Averso. Bill also leaves a brother, Jack and wife, Gail Hayes of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Patricia Boulanger and husband, Charles of Boxford; a brother-in-law, Thomas Lynch of Shirley and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Ohanneson of Nicasio, Calif., Pauline Cook of Oakland, Calif. and Deloris Adamopoulas of Strasburg, N.D., plus seven nieces and two nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Harriet and Milton Hayes and a sister, Marilyn Lynch of Shirley.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Touchpoints at Manchester, Conn. and Dr. Saquib Naseer and Dr. Ronald Buckman for the compassionate care shown to Bill. Funeral services will be private. Donations may be made in Bill’s name to a charity of one’s choice.
Published on  April 16, 2015
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