HAYS, DAVID BRUCE of Arnold, MD passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. Born September 18, 1954 to Roy and Grace Hays of Galesville, MD, he was the third of four brothers in the family. He grew up in Galesville, graduating from Southern High School in Harwood before attending Anne Arundel Community College, an institution that his maternal grandfather, Louis Siegert helped create.Subsequently, he graduated with a BS and MBA from the University of Baltimore and later earned a Juris Doctorate from the same school. He also earned a degree with the University of the State of New York. Often called a "firefighters firefighter" David started his career with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department as a volunteer at the Galesville station.In 1976, he attended the county Fire Recruit Academy to become a professional firefighter and rose through the ranks to Battalion Chief before retiring December 1st, 2002. During that time he ran the Special Operations Section managing hazardous materials, served as Emergency Medical Services Supervisor, and also trained aspiring firefighters as part of the Recruit Training Academy. He practiced family law for many years, overlapping with his service to the Fire Department and his work as a fundraiser for the Lutheran Mission Society.He worked on the Maryland and national teams for John McCain's presidential bid in 2008. An active member of St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, he was a member of the Men's Group, taught Sunday School, and sang with the choir. He loved restoring classical automobiles. Known for his great charisma and sense of humor, he was a loyal friend and sought-after mentor. But he was most proud to be known as the devoted father of his two daughters from his marriage to Ellen Hawes Hays and grandfather to the light of his life, Aidan Leigh. He is survived by his eldest daughter, Allison Hays, a rising Junior at University of Baltimore studying Criminal Justice and his younger daughter, Elizabeth Hays, a senior at Auburn, studying Bio-medical Science, as well as Allison's son, Aidan. Additionally he is survived by his three brothers: Roy Louis Hays of San Jose, CA; Todd Hays of Port Republic, MD; and Richard Hays of Harwood, MD. He was pre-deceased by his mother Grace S. Hays by only two days. A memorial service and reception will be held at the Earleigh Heights Fire Station (Hall) on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anne Arundel Fire Safety Foundation, 1 Riverview Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 or the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202. Online condolences may be made at www.LastingTributesFuneralCare.com
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Published in The Capital on Feb. 2, 2014