Clayton C. Hayden
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Clayton C. Hayden of Lower Makefield Twp. Clayton C. Hayden of Lower Makefield Township, PA died Thursday October 1, 2015 at his home. He was 61. Born in Burlington, VT, a son of Ivan Hayden and the late Lillian Hayden, he had been a Lower Makefield resident for the past 23 years. Mr. Hayden was Director of Global Real Estate at Merck & Co. He was a graduate of Villanova University, served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy, and an involved member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Clayton was a loving father, avid musician, and founding member of the Woodside Brass Quintet and Cantus Novus. He is survived by his father, Ivan Hayden of Heuvelton, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Colin M. and Jane Hayden of Bryn Mawr, PA; a daughter, Caitlin E. Hayden and her fiance, Richard Thill of Boise, ID; two brothers, John and Joseph Hayden, and three sisters, Donna Ballard, Arlene Kummer, and Angela Bailey. Funeral services will be at 12pm Friday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 47 W. Afton Avenue, Yardley, PA. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10am to 11:15am Friday at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cantus Novus, PO Box 714, Newtown, PA 18940, cantusnovus.org or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 47 W. Afton Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067.

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Published in The Reporter from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2015.
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October 13, 2018
I relieved Clay as Navigator aboard the USS CONCORD (AFS-5). He was a wonderful friend and incredibly funny. We often would relieve each other as Officer of the Deck. After going through the ritual, Clay would announce to the Pilot House, "Attention in the Pilot House, this is Lt. Hayden. I'm on the deck and I have been conned." After he left I used the same announcement when I took the Deck. I remember that he broke his ankle while jogging on the ship on the way back from the Med. He was given the honor of being OOD for the entry into our home port, Norfolk, VA. He had a "boot" on his leg. We navigated to the anchorage where ships off-loaded weapons before going pier side. We ran into fog just prior to getting to "Whiskey Anchorage." I, as Navigator, had to ensure that we hit the anchorage like a bulls-eye. I knew when we had lost visuals on all of the aids to navigation and calculated in my head when we should slow and then stop and drop anchor. Clay trusted me, because we'd done this before in Palermo, and aced an anchorage for grade by Sixth Fleet. As it turn out, I told Clay when to go to All Stop, when to go Back Two-thirds, again go All Stop, then when to drop anchor. Almost coincident with dropping the anchor, the fog lifted. I directed that the Quartermasters take a round of bearings to verify our position. Turns out we were dead-center in the anchorage. Our Skipper asked me "How the hell did you do that?" I told him Zen Navigation, Captain, Zen Navigation. Clay transferred soon after that. I lament the fact that we never got back together. He taught me a lot. Villanova should be very proud of him.
March 24, 2016
Clay,
Working the night shift again. Just wanted to let you know I miss you. Until we meet again.
John Hayden
November 5, 2015
I served with Clay on the USS CONCORD from 1980-1982. I will always remember him for his professionalism as an officer and his sense of humor as a friend. Rest in peace, shipmate.
Dennis Norris
October 6, 2015
Heaven has gained a new musician and singer! I will always remember your great prayers and your beautiful voice. Rest in peace.
JoAnn and Louis Leigh
October 5, 2015
With tremendous sadness in my heart, I offer condolences and prayers to Clay's family. Clay was the ultimate "gentle-man", filled with love and humor. His musical prowess and commitment to his choirs is a testimony to the greatness of his character. I will miss him dearly and pray that the love of family will ease your pain, comforted by happy memories.
Ed McCAll
October 5, 2015
I only met Clay a few weeks ago and instantly liked him. He joined our EFM group at St. James Church (Langhorne)in September and in just a few short weeks contributed so very much. We will all miss him. Heaven has a new musician and singer in their choir. Rest in peace, Clay.
Alma Deal
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