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Of Point Breeze on Monday, November 18, 2019, age 92. Devoted husband of the late Dorothy Walsh Hays; loving father of Judy Daw, Maureen Capp (Jim) and the late Kevin Hays; beloved grandfather of Megan Daw Mannering (Clayton), Dan Capp, and Julie Daw (Luke McGowan); great-grandfather of Ezekiel Mannering; predeceased by four siblings; also survived by nieces and nephews. Howard was a proud WWII US Navy veteran who served on the USS Montpelier in the South Pacific. He enjoyed his career as Director of the Pittsburgh Zoo for 38 years and was thrilled to see his dream of natural habitats for the animals come true. Howard was very active in the Penn Wood Campground in Limestone, PA. He served for more than 25 years with the University of Pittsburgh IACUC committee and was active in the Point Breeze Community and St. Bede Church.  Friends received at McCABE BROS., FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside on Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Bede Church on Thursday at 10 a.m. Condolences may be left at

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2019.
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November 20, 2019
Dear Judy,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family!
Marilyn Hite
November 20, 2019
My grandparents, Louis and Carmela Lamanna,
lived next door to the Hays family on Kirtland Street in Point Breeze. As grandchildren, my brother and I always enjoyed visiting the grandparents, especially to see what baby creature Mr. Hays had brought home to nurse along. We remember all sorts of baby animals, and we were allowed to hold them and play with them,under close supervision. Mr. Hays was a wonderful man, and we have nothing but the fondest of memories of our time around him. Condolences to the family.

Louis and Richard Lamanna
Murrysville, PA
Louis Lamanna
November 20, 2019
Maureen, Judy & Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad.
My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.
With heartfelt sympathy.
Michele Kocian
November 19, 2019
Maureen and family,

Please accept my thoughts and prayers for you all during this difficult time. I knew your dad proudly served our country, but I did not know about his unique and cool career; I'm sure there are many stories to share! Treasure the memories and find comfort in knowing he is at peace.
Tracy Shepherd
November 19, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.
November 19, 2019
My family and I were so sorry to hear of Mr Hays passing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
The O'Donnell Family
November 19, 2019
Hays Pond
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Howard.
We met him when we became members of PENN Wood Campground, it was an honor and pleasure to work beside him. His dedication and hard work at the park were unmatched and will long be remembered

Dave and Rory Fagan
Dave Fagan
November 19, 2019
Howard was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed greatly. Both he and his late wife, Dorothy, were an active part of our Kirtland St. neighborhood in earlier days when their health permitted more active lives. I heard many tales from the past from both them and older Pt Breeze residents about Howard, who was one of the Pgh Zoo Directors, bringing baby zoo animals home to care for them and how neighbor children were able to enjoy the company of those animals while in the Hays family care. Howard and Dorothy, when in good health, were always present and welcome at our annual Kirtland Street Block Party. Condolences to family members. His was a life well lived.
Mel Packer
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