Alvin was born in Williamstown, Vermont, the oldest son of Louis and Ruth Angell Hayward. He had two brothers and three sisters. Alvin's father died when he was 10, leaving his mother with five children and a sixth child on the way. He was the head of the family from then on. They moved the family to Marshfield, Vt., in 1930 where he lived most of his life.
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He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, stationed in Great Bend, Kansas, when he met the love of his life Polly Coine on Dec. 26, 1943, and they were married on Feb. 4, 1944, in Great Bend, Kansas. Soon after he left for overseas he was to learn he would become a father. He was in India during the war when he learned his first child was born. He later had two other daughters and he is survived by his wife, Polly, daughters Maribeth (Fred) Mould, Susan (Clifford) MacAskill and Janis Hayward and her longtime companion David Billings. He had four grandchildren, Seth Mould, deceased, Ruth Mould Hulse, Valerie (Mark) Ouimet and Bryan (Tara) MacAskill; six great-grandchildren Callie Mould, TaMia (Sean) Richardson, Hagen, Eli and Gabriel Rhodes, Emma Ouimet; and three great-great-grandchildren Kaden Combs, Mckinnly Richardson and Hudson Rhodes. Having five generations near was very dear to him.
His siblings were Weldon (Louise) Hayward, Lois (Vaughn) Gilman, Beth (L.L.) Bissonnette, Harold (Tip) Hayward and Merle (Rob) Houghton.
He is survived by Beth Bissonnette, Harold and Tip Hayward and Rob Houghton, his sister-in-law Betty (Jack) Sawyer, his wife Polly and daughters, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.
After the war, he returned to Vermont to work on construction jobs until he went to work at the Sprague Electric as a machinist in Barre, Vt., and he retired from there in 1983. In 1989, Alvin and Polly moved to Nampa, Idaho, to be close to their daughter and her family. They were active in the Methodist Church and Senior Center, where they had many friends who helped to make the move very enjoyable.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Nampa Care for the loving care they gave Alvin over the years as he was in and out of there for care, he made it home three times, but "Home" the fourth.
At Alvin's request, no services will be held.
Published in Times Argus on Dec. 28, 2012