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John Hayes ’69 Passed Away

John Hayes, who received his bachelor's degree at Hobart in 1969, recently passed away at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y. His obituary is below.

Jack (John Michael) Hayes passed away at the age of 56 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., where he made his home for several years in semi retirement as a result of failing health brought on by the predictable consequences of an addiction to nicotine.

John was born on March 28, 1947, the son of the late Dorothy Irene (Thayer) and John Daniel Hayes, Esq. Jack grew up in Oxford, N.Y., received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. and his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia, Pa. He practiced law for nearly thirty years, including as a criminal defense trial attorney for Bronx County as well as for Sullivan County, N.Y.; a supervising trial attorney for the New York City Bureau of Child Welfare; a criminal law specialist on the in-house staff of the New York City Police Department; an assistant County Attorney litigating for the Department of Social Services in Sullivan County and for the Department of Social Services in Delaware County.

Jack was grateful for the many cherished friendships he had and was blessed with a collection of remarkable friends whose wisdom and affection taught him so much, even if his grasp of their wisdom was sometimes imperfect, as was his capacity to know and benefit from the depth of their affection.

He is survived by his dear wife, Karen Marie (Norris) Hayes of Liberty, N.Y., his thirteen year old, fine young son and growing up guy, Daniel Thayer Hayes, to whom he was devoted and with whom Jack always spent his most precious days striving for a better understanding of the qualities of love and affection and the power of those matters of the heart and spirit in our lives. He is also survived by a cousin, Clifton Tamsett, of Norwich.

A Memorial service for Jack will be held in the near future in Liberty, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund to support Jack's son's education. They may be sent to Kent L. Brown Jr., HC 62 Box 92, Honesdale, PA 18431.

The arrangements are by the Wilson Funeral Home, Norwich, N.Y.