Manchester - Daniel J. "Bones" Hayden, 83, passed away suddenly at his home on Nov. 26, 2013.
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Dan was born in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 31, 1930, as the fifth of eight children born to Daniel and Margaret (Donahue) Hayden.
He graduated in 1949 from Chevrus High School in Portland, Maine, where he excelled at track and field. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force during the Korean War.
In 1954, he met the love of his life, Mary Catherine "Susie" Conley, whom he was married to for over 57 years. In 1986, Dan retired from New England Telephone, where he spent his entire 33-year career.
Dan spent countless hours volunteering his time for the Manchester Swim Team, where all five of his children swam for many years. He was a longtime communicant of St. Catherine Parish and the Precious Blood Monastery. Dan also was a member of Intervale Country Club, where he had the same foursome for over 20 years.
However, his true passion was spending time with his family and most recently the various sports fields, courts, tracks, pools and gymnastics mats where his grandchildren competed locally.
He leaves his wife, Susie; three sons, Paul V. Hayden of Merrimack, John J. Hayden and his wife, LeeAnne Hayden, of Manchester, Michael T. Hayden and his wife, Hollie Hayden, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; two daughters, Jane A. Gatsas and her husband, John, of Manchester and Jean M. Mitchell and her husband, Joe, also of Manchester; and his 11 grandchildren, Dan, Erin, Jake, Hayden, Emily, Phillip, Ryan, Abigail, Jess, Bobby and Molly..
SERVICES: Calling hours will be at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester, N.H. on Friday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Catherine Church in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m. Burial will be in the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that one donate to a charity of their choosing.
To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 27, 2013