Putnam – Donald L. Hayes, 92, of Grove St., died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 surrounded by his family who adored him. He was the loving husband of 57 years to the late Leontine M. (St. Peter) Hayes who happened to be his high school sweetheart. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Charles Olin and Delia (Breault) Hayes.
Mr. Hayes was a graduate of St. Mary’s School, and attended Putnam High School. He proudly served his country with the Army Air Corp in Guam during WWII. He was a member of the V.F.W., the American Legion, a proud member for 25 years of the Putnam Lodge of Elks #574 and the Putnam Fire Department for 25 years. He worked for John Dean Manufacturing, Putnam Herzl for 32 years, and National Chromium for over 60 years retiring in 2008. He was a kind, and gentle man who was loved by everyone that knew him. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need. He loved a good laugh and a glass of red wine, cooking, and taking care of his family. He enjoyed golfing, yard work and his garden, repairing things, and mostly being with his family cooking and celebrating life. He was a fan of UConn Women’s Basketball, the Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots.
Donald is survived by his sons, Donald H. Hayes of CA, Peter “Bud” Hayes of Putnam, Ricky Hayes of Putnam, and John P. Miller of Putnam who he always considered to be like a fourth son; his sister, Eileen Albergo of MD, his grandchildren, Kimberly Marie Emilian, Jessica Hayes, Dylan C. Hayes, Molly C. Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Kyle Hayes, Alexandra Flicher, and Lindsey Stewart; seven great grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, the late Almaron “Al” Hayes, and Clifford Hayes.
Services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to the Deary Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.