Joseph Myers Hayes, 88, of Torrington departed this life on November 1, 2013. He was born in San Pedro, CA on April 18, 1925 to Myers James Hayes and Mary Hanson Hayes. He grew up in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City, and attended school there.
He is survived by his beloved bride of over 65 years, Genevieve, and five children: Theresa, of Phoenix, AZ, James (Joanne) of Barkhamsted,, Timothy (Dawn) of Northfield, Kevin (Susan), and Jennifer of Torrington, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Howard Hayes of Ocala, Fl.
Joseph retired from the Torrington Police Department as Deputy Chief. While he was a patrolman, he started the Torrington Police Union and was their first President. After retirement he was elected to be a commissioner on the Board Of Public Safety. He was a member of the Torrington Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and served many years as Commander. He stared the "Veteran's Voice " radio show that was later on cable television, in addition he instituted the monthly flag raising at Coe Park. He was also a member of the American Legion. He is a Forth Degree Knight of Columbus (in Ocala, FL) He is also a member of the Elks Club, Germania Club and the Veneta Society. He was a past member of the Irish-American Club in Hartford and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was active in many charitable events and organizations. He served in the US Navy in World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He participated in the liberation of France and has received a commendation from the French government along with many medals from the American government for his service. Joe loved to play golf and played every change he got, here, in Phoenix, Az. and in Ocala, Florida where he and his wife would spend the winter.
Joseph was a practicing Catholic and was a communicant of St. Francis Parish. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM at Phalen Funeral Home on Migeon Avenue on Monday, November 4, 2013. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Church, Main St. at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 5. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Peter's/St. Francis School 360 Prospect St Torrington CT 06790. http://www.phalenfuneral.com/
Published in The Register Citizen on Nov. 3, 2013