Hayes, Charles (Charlie) P.
68, died in the arms of his family on September 6, 2011 at his Superstition Mountain home. Charlie was born on March 10, 1943, in Darby, Pennsylvania to Irish immigrants Michael & Margaret (Caherty) Hayes. Charlie attended Monsignor Bonner High School and danced on American Bandstand in Philadelphia PA. He joined the U.S. Air Force, after graduation at the age of seventeen. He was stationed on the island of Bermuda, followed by Davis-Monthan in Tucson, AZ, where he was awarded airman of the month. He met his wife, of 45 years, Vickie L. (Griffin) Hayes in Tucson. They settled in Phoenix in 1966 where Charlie began his career with Arizona Janitorial Supply and Building Maintenance Services. He also attended Phoenix College. He would eventually go on to begin his own business, Bonded Cleaning in 1977, followed by Northern Chemical Company and various other enterprises. He was a true entrepreneur. Charlie and Vickie moved to Tolleson, AZ to raise their family in 1975. He served on the city council beginning in 1979 and than as mayor until 1995. During his term as mayor he was a member of the Maricopa Association of Government, serving as the chairman from 1992-1994. He was also an elected official of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, served on the board of WESTMEC, and was a member of the Self-Insured Board of Trustees of Maricopa County. He was an ardent supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs and helped build the club in Tolleson. Charlie was passionate about the economic development, the progression, and the lifestyle for the citizens of Tolleson and the West Valley. He served as the chairman of the West Valley Fine Arts Council and helped organize the inaugural Diamond Ball. After their life in Tolleson, Charlie and Vickie built their dream home at the base of the Superstition Mountains were he pursed his passion for golf and traveling with his wife. He is survived by his beloved wife Vickie, his daughter Brenda Hayes of Litchfield Park, sons and their wives Clyde and Laura Hayes of Avondale, Charles (Spanky) and Danielle Hayes of Litchfield Park, and his two grandsons Keegan Michael Hayes and Charles Patrick Hayes III. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Clot, of Mesa, AZ, Shelia Fassnacht, of McKinney, TX and his half-brother Joseph Hayes of Philadelphia, PA. A visitation will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2001 at Queen of Heaven Mortuary Chapel, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ. Rosary will be recited prior to the Mass at 9:30 a.m. There will be a celebration of his life immediately following the Mass. Charlie would like everyone to know that he loved life, that you should always greet each day with optimism and an open mind, and finally, the one those closest to him heard the most, listen with your ears, not your mouth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Charlie's honor to Rusty's Morningstar Ranch. Charlie was an active supporter of the ranch, which is a residential facility for men living with autism. Our goal is raise enough money to build The Charlie Hayes Recreational Room, a new multipurpose room dedicated in Charlie's honor. Donations can be made at www.rmr.org <http://www.rmr.org/>. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary, Mesa, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 11, 2011