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HAYES, FRANCIS E. Francis E. Hayes, 91, beloved husband for 66 years of the late Marie Cuneo Hayes, loving father of Michael Hayes of Colchester, CT and Greg Hayes of Clinton, CT died after complications from heart surgery on November 22. He also is survived by a sister Katherine Hayes Corrao of Miami, FL and his sister-in-law Rita Alexander, West Haven, CT. He was born in Milford, MA, son of Daniel Roy Hayes and Albina Guertin. He was predeceased by his sister Alice Hayes Rabaioli and her husband Robert and three brothers, William Roy Hayes and his wife Mary, Robert Edward Hayes, Joseph Harold Hayes and his wife Catherine. Frank spent his early years in Milford, Mass and then moved to New Haven, CT. He worked for the U.S. Army Ordinance before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He served in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Baltimore as the Captain’s Yeoman. During his service on the USS Baltimore he earned five battle stars. In October, 1944, he was transferred to the U.S. Naval Small Craft Training Center in San Pedro, CA, as a court recorder. After the war, he returned to Hamden CT. He received his accounting degree from the University of New Haven and graduated from the School of Executive Development, also at the University of New Haven. He also completed one year of the Executive MBA Program. He worked for 15 years for Safety Car Heating and Lighting Company in Hamden, CT, as the consolidation accountant. He then joined the U. S. Naval Products Division of United Nuclear Corporation, serving as comptroller for over twenty-five years before retiring. He and his wife Marie traveled in their motor home for many years and visited all contiguous forty-nine states and then visited Hawaii. He is a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 6378, a member of the VFW, Post 9918, and an active member of the Westbrook Veterans Honor Guard. He served as a Eucharist Minister for St. Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL before returning back to Clinton CT. He also served as an usher at St. Mary’s Church of the Visitation in Clinton CT. Friends may call Monday, Nov. 25 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church of the Visitation, 54 Grove St, Clinton on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 1 pm. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Rt 145, Westbrook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westbrook Veterans Honor Guard, 6 George Dr, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit: www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com
Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 24, 2013
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