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John Blair Hayes

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John B. Hayes, aka Frank H. Kiff, Jr., 86, of LA passed away on July 23, 2015. He was born Frank H. Kiff Jr. in Tarrytown, NY to Frank and Virginia Kiff and was raised in Bath, NY. Frank graduated from the GM Institute and later married Marian Klinger, a nurse at the VA in Bath. Active in fraternal organizations, Frank was awarded 33rd Degree in Masonry AASR and he played the role of Christ in the Passion Play for 17 years with the Corning Consistory. Frank served on the school board, and owned Kiff Motor Sales in Bath. In 1983, due to some tragic events, Frank left NY and moved to California to start a new life, changing his name to John Hayes. Here "John" continued good work through the City of Hope and as a patron to the Jewish War Veterans. Frank is survived by children, Susan Smith (Fred) of Orange, CA, Frank Kiff (Diane) of Bath, NY and Tracey Kiff-Judson (Don) of Ellington, CT. He was predeceased by daughter, Dorothy Palma. He had 9 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Frank touched many people with his charm. Private services for family will be held at a later date. Please visit www.legacy.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2015
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