OBITUARY

Kevin Richard Hayes

18 December, 195424 October, 2020
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Kevin Richard Hayes was born on December 18, 1954 and passed away on October 24, 2020 and is under the care of Olinger Hampden Mortuary & Cemetery.

Funeral Service will be held on November 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Olinger Hampden Mortuary & Cemetery, 8600 East Hampden Ave, Denver, CO.

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John Friedkin

November 24, 2020

I met Kevin around 20 years ago when he began to come in to Fagan's restaurant occasionally for a Guinness and a meal. We instantly became friends. I was honored to introduce him to a few of my closest friends. He enjoyed meeting people and showed genuine interest in their lives. He was always very kind... and charming. Kevin was such a great conversationalist and could talk to anyone on any level. He invited me to his house in Southeast Denver for dinner and we got to know each other better. Over the years we spent some quality time together, although now I wish it was more. The house on the hogback in Fairplay was such a great getaway with a killer stereo and a nice deck with a great view and I could use it whenever he wasn't up there; a testament to his generosity and hospitality. I talked him in to a few concerts, to each other's house for dinner or a beer. I can't even put a number on the amount of times he visited my bar. I attended his wedding at a Russian Orthodox church in Denver and he came to my graduation at the Buffalo Rose in Golden. Sayulito was gifted to me.. Kevin hosted gatherings and I watched a few of Conor's football and basketball games. He was so focused on Conor and his progress in school and sports. Whenever we talked he couldn't help boasting about Conor's recent achievements, how big he was getting, or his intellectual growth as a young man. He was so proud of Conor and was such a loving father...Conor was his main priority and his "project" to guide and mold in to the young man he has become. Kevin was so involved in every aspect of Conor's development and the biggest tragedy is that he won't be able to continue that effort.... fortunately, the groundwork has been laid.
Kevin was so smart,clever, well - read, interesting, funny, insightful, generous, sarcastic..a great story teller. He lived a full, purposeful life... sadly, it ended too soon. Cheers Kevin. I love you and already miss you. Johnny

danielle syodrenko

November 24, 2020

I just wanted to share another story. My dad was killed in Vietnam before I was born and a couple years Ago I took Kevin to my dads gravesite in Pueblo, C0 and a few months ago he told me he silently told my dad that he would love and protect his daughter for the rest of his life. For Conor, you have all of us who will do the same. We will love you and be there for you anytime you need us. Please reach out to any of us and know we are here just like Kevin made his promise to my dad.

David Marotta

November 9, 2020

I still remember that day when a new kid came into our 6th grade class. Kevin quickly became one of my best friends and was soon one of the most popular kids in the class. And he was definitely the unofficial class clown for the next few years! Wild times in high school, Sean and Pete can attest to that! I won't go into details... We all thought it was great when Karen and Kevin were elected President and Vice-President of the student council. Not surprising since Kevin was friendly with all the high school groups, the jocks, the nerds and of course the "freaks"! Sandy and I had a fantastic time with Kevin on our trip to Sayulita in 2002. The two photos posted above of me and Kevin sitting at the table are from that trip. Like everyone else, Sandy loved Kevin. And Joe and Sandy really hit it off, in fact I might have gotten a wee bit jealous when he started flirting with her! There were many times when Kevin's re-assuring words and sage advice got me through some very difficult periods in my life. Boy will I miss you Kev. Ironically, the last time I spoke with Kevin was in May when he called on the day Sandy passed away to offer his condolences. Goodbye dear friend.

Kirk Sinn

November 8, 2020

Kevin and I flew 707's together at Ports of Call, and when they suddenly terminated all their flying, we were both almost immediately hired together at Buffalo Airways. We flew down to Waco TX for the requisite company and aircraft training. In a preview of how Buffalo operated, when we got there we were each handed a stack of training attendance forms to sign, as well as tickets to Rio De Janeiro. Surprised that our few weeks of training had been condensed into a few meetings, our new assignment was to go pick up a "new to Buffalo" 707 that was being purchased from the Brazilian national airline Varig. We were told it would be a "down and back" overnight trip. Boy were we--once again surprised--when the actual transfer of funds took something like 7 weeks. In the meantime, and for the duration we were "stuck" at a very nice high rise hotel smack dab on Copacabana beach. We had a helluva lot of fun together. This photo was taken at the famous and huge "statue of Christ the Redeemer" in Rio.

Jane Lubanski (Caruana)

November 7, 2020

a funny, friendly old chum from school days, Spotswood and South River. God bless!

Robert Scott

November 7, 2020

I first met Kevin 10 years ago at a quiet local bar, Fagans, in Denver. We both knew Johnny Friedkin the bartender. We soon became close friends enjoying bbqs, happy hours and watching Broncos games. He immediately nicknamed me Bobby Scott. Kevin and I traveled together spending time in Costa Rica and Mexico. Last year I road shotgun for 5 days as we pulled his 36-foot trailer down to a sleepy coastal village, Los De Marcos, Mexico. What a journey! We were held up by banditos, paid off police, leaking radiator, blown tires and had Kevin’s car stolen just to name a few adventures. What ever we encountered Kevin always landed on his feet. Kevin was a gentle and very generous easy going guy.

Dennis Yamaguchi

November 7, 2020

Loyal, helpful, trust worthy friend. Many, many adventures. Great pilot! Fly high & enjoy eternity. Never another like you. Dennis Y.

CONOR HAYES

November 6, 2020

Dad,

I will love you forever and ever. You were my best friend. You were the best dad I could've ever imagined, you guided me through so much. I remember when you were working I'd stay up late to say "hey" to you after you got back from work and give you a hug.  Or the time when me and you were at the cabin and I caught my first fish with you, or when you were teaching me how to ride a bike and I fell. Or when me and Cougars won the national championship and Las Vegas and  we took a plane, while the rest of the team rode the bus, and you rented a Mustang and wanted to drift in the parking lot. Or when you were the coach for our flag team and we went undefeated and we won in overtime. 

Never in a million years did I think you would pass. I never wanted to stop making memories with you, Dad
I miss you so much. You have taught me so many amazing things I would have never learned any other way  and I appreciate it so much. I will never let our memories fade.

You were the most kind, loving person I have ever met, and I will never forget you and I just want to make you proud. Please look down on me and be proud, dad.

Please don't forget me whenever you are.
I love you more than you know. I will forever miss you.
Conor

Tasha Hayes

November 6, 2020

Kevin, we will miss you every day. Without you, our lives are forever changed
To you son Conor you have been the UNIVERSE, the best father, friend, mentor and a role model.
You raised him in abundance of true love, you taught him so much through telling your wonderful stories. You created the most remarkable childhood for him, full of the happiest memories.
You are the most kind, generous and loving person, but above all you are an extraordinary FATHER.
Please look down on Conor, as he will be thinking of you and missing you every step of the way

Anne Sinn

November 6, 2020

Kevin Hayes, a pleasure, always, to be around. We first met at POC (Ports of Call Travel Club, in Denver) around the mid eighties, as crew flying all over the USA & the world. Friends for at least 35 years, & fond memories. Although our career paths diverged, we'd get together every couple of months when both in town. Sometimes we'd get an "out-of-the-blue" call from Kevin, & there he'd be standing IN our driveway, with a huge smile, holding a big stack of steaks and beers saying, "have time for a quick visit & BBQ?" He took our son canoeing, introduced him to fishing, invited us sailing, to share his Mexico place, spend time in South Park, his holiday parties - always the generous man. The jokes and laughter never stopped when Kevin was around - him making rather pithy observations on life, himself...& US, too. Comments always spot-on. Kevin always, always said he wanted a son; he called us when he knew about Conor and could hardly believe he'd be a dad. He was so very happy. We, and all who knew him, will deeply miss Kevin. We send our heartfelt love and sincere condolences to his family.

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San Antonio 2008

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2008

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With Uncle Pat 2008

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Cabin Fishing 2008

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2008

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Sweetwater Xmas Staff party December 1984

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Hong Kong 1995 with Phil Haduck

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Kevin coaching flag foot ball team. October 2016

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Kevin and Marcos (2016)

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