MARSHFIELD - Harold M. "Hap" Hayward, 88, passed peacefully away on Feb. 7, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center with his family at his side.
Hap, a seventh-generation Vermonter, was born in Brookfield on Feb. 17, 1924, to Lewis and Ruth (Angell) Hayward. After being widowed due to a farming accident, Ruth purchased a home in Marshfield where Hap grew up. He graduated high school and, for a short time, had his own farm. He was a farmer at heart his entire life. He served in the Army
twice, once in Texas and the second time he was called up, during the Korean War
, he served in Germany as a corporal.
He had fond memories of traveling one summer, working the wheat harvest out West. He was also a union carpenter for a number of years.
On Aug. 31, 1950, Hap married E. Nakote "Tippie" Curtis. They co-owned Hayward and Gilman Lumber Co. in Marshfield with his brother-in-law, Vaughn Gilman, until Vaughn's death, at which time they bought out his interest. Hap owned and operated the sawmill and building supply business until he retired.
He spent many happy springs gathering and boiling maple syrup. He loved watching the Red Sox, his favorite team. He had a wonderful sense of humor, bringing a smile to those near him. His kind and gentle manner was enhanced by the twinkle in his eye. His love and devotion for his family was ever present.
Hap was a proud and active member of the Marshfield community. He was a member of the Marshfield Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years and served as fire chief from 1969 to 1973. He was on the school board, on various committees to start a union school. He was one of the founders of the Marshfield Historical Society, a keen and passionate interest of his. He was also the town tax collector for many years and was voted in as the inspector of lumber, shingles and wood numerous times. He loved and cared for his town well.
Hap is survived by his family who loved him with all of their hearts: his beloved wife of 62 years, Tippie; his daughters, Valerie Ducharme and Sally Burkart and husband Ed. He is also survived by one sister, Beth Bissonnette. He had seven deeply loved grandchildren, Anthony Ducharme and wife Elaine, Joshua Ducharme and wife Martha, Adam Ducharme, Aimee Ducharme and partner Uriah Paire, Nicholas Burkart and wife Jana, Gabriel Burkart and wife Cammie, and Matthew Burkart and partner Natalie Campbell. Hap had six great-grandchildren whom he adored, Marc Cruz Ducharme and Molly Paire, Esther and Cora Ducharme, and Chase and Isabella Burkart. He is also survived by the many nieces and nephews he was so fond of.
Hap was predeceased by his son, Michael; brothers Alvin and Welden Hayward; and sisters Merle Houghton and Lois Gilman.
Memorial donations may be made to the Marshfield Fire Department or the Marshfield Historical Society, c/o Marshfield Town Clerk's Office, 122 School St., Room 1, Marshfield, VT 05658.
A memorial gathering will be held in the spring.