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Peter S. Hayward


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Peter S. Hayward Obituary
Peter S. Hayward, a long-time resident of Jamaica, passed away November 7, 2017. Pete was a loved and valued member of the Jamaica community, volunteering his chef skills for many community organizations and events, including the Jamaica Community Church and Jamaica Old Home Day. He also served on the Town Planning Commission, as a Trustee of the Community Church, and as a volunteer for the Jamaica Memorial Library. He had a wonderful voice, and enjoyed singing in the Church choir and elsewhere; he had a song for every occasion and took pleasure in entertaining his many friends this way. Generous to all, especially to families with young children, Pete would help out with school pickups and drop-offs, care-giving on a moment's notice, and often gave his own limited resources to help others in need. For many, he served as taxi-driver for those who needed a ride to work or to medical appointments, delivery man for those who needed medicines, and always offered a sympathetic ear and heart to everyone. Peter especially enjoyed fishing and reading for recreation and loved all animals, especially his support dog, Titus.

Before settling in Jamaica, Pete worked in many locations as a chef, including operating his own food truck in Connecticut. He was honorably discharged from his service in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as an Army Ranger. While in the Army, he also served as a drill sergeant. He was self-taught in culinary arts and worked for many years at Stratton Ski Resort. Afterwards, he owned and operated several food-service businesses, including the "TFG" Food Truck in Rawsonville, and later his own hot dog cart in Jamaica.

Born March 13, 1947 in Lynn, MA and raised in Lynnfield, MA, Pete was educated in local schools and graduated in 1966 from Lynn-field High School. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Raymond W. and Barbara S. Hayward, and Lillian P. Hayward, as well as a sister, Marjorie Tavares. He is survived by his sister, Dawn McKeone, of Nashua, NH, and brother, Raymond Hayward, of St Paul, MN, as well as a daughter, Tara Hayward Davis (Craig) of Ontario, Canada, and granddaughters Sydney and Alexandra. He is also survived by a niece, Ashley Murphy (Mike) of Princeton, NJ, and nephew Alex Hayward of Wilmington, DE.

In addition to his family, Pete Hayward will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by everyone in the Jamaica community; his ready smile, kind heart, and generous spirit will live in our hearts always.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at the Jamaica Community Church at 5:00pm on Saturday, November 11.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 11, 2017
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