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SUNDERLAND -- Harry W. “Red” Hayden, 88, of Sunderland, died on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 28, 1917, in Sunderland, the son of the late William F. and Eleanor (Burt) Hayden. He attended the Sunderland schools and was a graduate of Arlington Memorial High School in the class of 1934. He graduated from Green Mountain Junior College and the University of New Hampshire in 1939, where he excelled in athletics.

Harry pitched professionally in the minor leagues until an injury ended a promising baseball career. He later served as a part-time major league baseball scout for many years. When the Mack Molding Company purchased its Arlington plant in 1939 he was employed to establish and supervise an Arlington office, and he served in various capacities with the company for 40 years, retiring as secretary/treasury controller and a director of the company in 1980. He then served the company part time as a consultant and editor of the Mack Plastigram, for 13 years until fully retiring in 1993.

He was a member of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Arlington, where he served as an usher and lector, a member of the Arlington Fire Department and former member of the Arlington School Board, a 4-H Club leader for 20 years, treasurer of the Bennington County 4-H Foundation, a director of the 4-H Camp Ondawa Association and chairman of the board of trustees of the Vermont 4-H Foundation. Harry was also a charter member and treasurer for 10 years of the Bennington Regional Commission, and was a member of the Tree Farm Association.

He was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman. Mr. Hayden organized and led the Kelly Stand Symphony String Band, in which he played violin, for many years. He also sang second bass with the Arlington Chorale for several years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a U.S. Naval lieutenant and staff officer in the Philippines.

He married the former Nellie Robertson of Sunderland on Nov. 15, 1941, who predeceased him.

Harry is survived by six children, William B. Hayden of Montpelier, Mary Beth Van Alstine of Camden, Maine, James F. Hayden of Sunderland, Katherine Maddaloni of Arlington, Dr. John H. Hayden of East Greenbush, N.Y., and Michael B. Hayden of Lyndeborough, N.H.; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of resurrection will be offered on Friday morning, Nov. 25, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Arlington with the Rev. George Dupuis, pastor, officiating.

A reception will follow the Mass at the St. Margaret Mary’s Church hall.

Interment will take place privately in the family lot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington. There are no calling hours scheduled.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 23, 2005
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