Edwin John Hayes, Jr. 82, of St. Mary’s GA returned to his heavenly home on Dec 5. due to a long fight with cancer. His devotion to his family, and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. He is survived by his devoted wife Diane of 26 years, son John Hayes, Pam and husband Rick Emmons, Tammy Long, Wendy and husband James Cichy. Ed had five grand children Genevieve Lizotte, Lewis Long, Cassidy Darrow, Nicholas Cichy and Justin Cichy. Ed was also blessed with two great grandchildren. He will be missed by his brother Bob and wife Janet; sisters Gladys Allen, Peggy Hayes, Linda Warden. He was predeceased by his brother Bill Hayes, mother Alberta and father Edwin John Hayes.Ed was a longtime resident of Mattydale, NY and was an active member of the Pastime Athletic Club, St. Margaret’s parish and St. Mathew’s before retiring to Georgia. Ed also belonged to Our Lady Star of the Sea in St. Mary’s, GA. He will always be remembered for his upbeat spirit, easy-going manner and trademark laugh. He was an avid sportsman, loved to golf, which he did so until his last few years. A life-long Syracuse Orange and NY Yankees fan, Ed collected sports memorabilia and had a tremendous knowledge of sports history.Ed spent most of his childhood in Sherrill, NY, attended Sherill High School and joined the Navy after graduation serving his country for four years. His career was in sales, starting with Coyne Laundry in the 60’s, followed by 20 years at Weber Marking where he was recognized multiple times for his outstanding sales achievements. In 1986, Ed became the owner and proprietor of NH Sports in East Syracuse, NY.Privately Ed was a man of deep faith, and shared that faith with those in need; many men is Syracuse owe much to Ed’s understanding of how to live close to God. Ed was a good son, a devoted husband, and a loving brother and father- Ed set himself aside for those he cared about. He always welcomed friends and family gladly into his home, and loved to tell stories of his time as a traveling salesman, his bowling career and the 1-22 record with the Sherill Basketball Team, among others. Ed was many characters in his day- Big Sarge, Santa Claus, Grampa Texas, and Grandpa Santa- among others. He will be greatly missed- but those that knew him know he is sharing a laugh wherever he is.
Funeral services were held December 10, 2014 at 11 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL.
Allison Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.