BREWER – Gerald “Jerry” C. Hayes, 77, passed away Oct. 21, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 3, 1935, in Bangor, the son of Walter F. and Winnifred (McGee) Hayes.
Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Star in the West No. 85 A.F. & A. M., Unity; and Anah Shriners, Drum & Bugle Corps. Jerry was an entrepreneur throughout his life with successful ideas for businesses such as G & J Market, Unity, and was the founder of Hayes Unfinished Furniture, Brewer. He was an avid golfer and baseball fan. He was a member of the Saturday Nighters where there are many fond memories. Jerry was a very positive person, had a zest for life, a great sense of humor, and was always very happy with everything he did. His family was his life and he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by the love of his life, his high school sweetheart and dear wife of 53 years, Jacqueline (Fraser) Hayes; children, Catherine Bartley and husband, Dale, of Bucksport, Jerry F. Hayes and wife, Denise, of Brewer, Colleen Nason and husband, Wayne, of Brewer and Ralph C. Hayes of Brewer; nine grandchildren, Maureen, Melissa, Jessica, Erica, Marsha, Danielle, Jerry, Nicole and Nicholas; four great-grandchildren, Madasin, Mytchell, Mykenzie and Emma; a brother, Jay Hayes of Bangor; sisters, Nancy Hickey and Joan Eberhart of California; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Fraser of Brewer; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Lucille Fisher; and brothers, Byron and Charles Hayes.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 531 North Main St., Brewer. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer, after the service. Gifts in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, care of Anah Shrine Center, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402-0735. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.