Obituary of Richmond Hayes, Jr.
Richmond S. Hayes, Jr. of Fayetteville, NY died March 20, 2017. He was born in Jamestown, NY on July 8, 1928, and graduated from Chautauqua High School in 1946. His college education was interrupted by two years of service in the US Marine Corp after which he graduated with a BSME from Syracuse University. He was employed in various engineering capacities at Carrier Corporation from 1954 thru 1984 and ETL Testing Labs from 1984 to 1992. He received several patents in design areas related to air conditioning.
A member of Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church since 1955, he served as an Elder for over 30 years and also sang in the choir. Mr. Hayes also served as a school board member at Fayetteville-Manlius School District for four years. He also served on and chaired several committees for the Cayuga Syracuse Presbytery. Richmond was predeceased by his son, Richmond III; and by his brother, Tyler Hayes. He is survived by his wife Jean, nee Briggs; daughters, Lauren Haswell (David), Lisa Hayes (Kurt Schmidt) and Lynn Hayes-Ford (Rob Ford). His grandchildren are Kate, David, Meg, Josh, John, Carl, Evan and Elizabeth. Richmond is also survived by his sister, Susan Lippincott; and her two children.
He was a devoted husband to Jean whom he met at Syracuse University. They were married for 63 years. He was devoted to his family and beloved by all children, grandchildren and three great grandchildren, one of whom was named for him. He was a bridge player and enjoyed playing the piano and singing in his deep bass voice. Richmond was dearly loved by family neighbors and all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 7 at 3:30 pm at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, Jamesville Road, DeWitt. Calling hours will be Thursday, April 6 from 5-7 pm at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church or the American heart Association.