George I. Hayek

29 septembre 192612 janvier 2021

George Hayek, 94, of Fredon was called Home to be with the Lord in the everlasting joy of Eternal Life on January 12, 2021 after a brief illness. George’s legacy lies in his profound love for his Catholic faith, his deep sacrificial and unconditional love for his family, his great joy for the community he served through his businesses and volunteer work, and his abiding commitment to the United States he served.

George was born in Clifton, New Jersey in 1926 to Elias and Nadima Hayek. He moved to Newton in 1937 when his father, Elias, opened Hayek’s Market. George was a graduate of Newton High School. In 1944 George enlisted with the Merchant Marines for World War II. He was sent to Panama, Manila Bay and the Philippine Islands, where he was when he received the news of the dropping of the atomic bomb. After the War George was sent with the Merchant Marines to Germany, France and England to pick up supplies and troops. Upon his return to New Jersey George joined the Army National Guard in Franklin from 1948-1951. George volunteered with the Army for the Korean War and was sent to Fort Hood, TX, Camp Polk, LA and Camp Kilmer, NJ, working in the military finance offices. George then served in the Reserves for 10 years in NJ.

George married his beloved wife Agnes in 1962. George was the true Patriarch of his family, loving as a Servant Leader. His legacy will live on through his five (5) children, Michael (Rita), Daniel (Denise), Christopher (Lily), Patricia and Andrew (Jennifer), seven (7) grandchildren, Loretta (Michael), Amanda, Josh, Alexandra, Julie, Natalie and Andrew George, and one great grandson, Theodore. He was predeceased by his Parents and his brother Mitchell. He is also survived by his sister Josephine Dibsie, cousin Teri Accad, several nieces and nephews and dear and devoted caretakers Valerie Purcell and Lucy, and many loving friends including Bernie and Barbara Andrews and Steve Okeson. George’s sacrificial love for his family came very naturally, without a second thought. His greatest joy in life was to be surrounded by the love and laughter of his family. George went to great lengths to make this continuously possible, including providing beach vacations in Cape May for his family for the past seventeen (17) years. The endless cherished memories of happiness from these joyous vacations together as well as all the family holidays will continue to fill the hearts of George’s family. Wisdom was a gift George possessed, and his children and grandchildren have cherished his guidance and knowledge through each step of their lives. George’s quick wit, tender kindness, awe at even the smallest joys and radiant love for all who entered his path are hallmarks of his life.

George, along with his brother Mitchell, owned Hayek’s Market for 35 years before passing the family business on to George’s son Dan in 1991. The community of Newton was at the heart of George’s life. His joy was in serving customers and sharing stories and getting to know their children and grandchildren in years to come. Even in his retirement years, George loved to go to Hayek’s Market and sit at the Customer Service Desk or walk through stores in town and greet members of the community.

In his bachelor years, George became a private pilot and expert skier. True to his selfless nature, George put his love for risky adventure on hold while he committed himself fully to working to support and raise his family. But the love for adrenaline rushes never left George, and in his later years he continued to enjoy skydiving, riding a mechanical bull, airplane rides with aerobatics and glider rides.

George is also the co-owner of Delaware Family Campground, which he managed for ten (10) years after his retirement from Hayek’s Market, and former co-owner of Panther Lake Camping Resort. George’s many former community activities include Knights of Columbus Don Bosco Council 7784, St. Joseph’s Church Trustee, President of the Fredon Planning Board, fundraising committee for Don Bosco College, St, Joseph’s Thrift Shop Volunteer. George was recognized for his dedication to his community as a past recipient of the Fredon Township Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the designation as Grand Marshall of the 2017 Newton Memorial Day Parade.

The Hayek Family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Walter Grote for caring for George for over 30 years with the love of a son, and to the Newton Medical Center Medical and Pastoral Staff for their loving care for George and his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 24 Halsted Street, Newton. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, January 18, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

The Hayek Family understands some will be unable to be with us in person due to health concerns. We ask that you join with us during these times in love and prayer.

Donations in George’s name may be made to St. Joseph R.C. Church, 22 Halsted Street, Newton, NJ 07860 or Newton Medical Center, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860.


  • Agnes (Griffin) Hayek, Wife
  • Elias Hayek, Father (deceased)
  • Nadima Hayek, Mother (deceased)
  • Michael Hayek (Rita), Son
  • Daniel Hayek (Denise), Son
  • Christopher Hayek (Lily), Son
  • Patricia Hayek, Daughter
  • Andrew Hayek (Jennifer), Son
  • Josephine Dibsie, Sister
  • Mitchell Hayek, Brother (deceased)
  • 7 grandchildren
    I great-grandson


  • Visitation

    lundi, 18 janvier , 2021

  • Visitation

    lundi, 18 janvier , 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    mardi, 19 janvier , 2021

  • Interment

    mardi, 19 janvier , 2021


George I. Hayek

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janvier 20, 2021

To the Hayek Family,

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

God Bless,
The Kelly Family

(Jim KOC 7784 Treasurer)

Peggy Wright

janvier 18, 2021

Dear Dan Hayek and all loved ones of George Hayek. I’m so sorry to see that George Hayek has passed but I always will remember him as a wonderful and gracious man who created a landmark, Hayek’s Market. I’m very sorry.
Peg Wright

Carolyn Fitzpatrick

janvier 17, 2021

Growing up with his daughter Patty, I always remember the warm welcome we received when we would visit. He always asked about our family and appreciated our presence and was so kind to talk to. His life of Faith and love gave us a glimpse of our Heavenly Father’s love...I imagine him being very much at home there.

Bill Hammann

janvier 15, 2021

Linda and I express our sincere condolences to the Hayek Family on the passing of George. Although we no longer live in NJ, Hayek’s Market was an integral part of living in Newton and we miss it still today. I fondly remember George from our days in the Knights of Columbus and for his outgoing and friendly spirit whenever we would meet in the store or around town. His first question would always be how’s the family? May you Rest In Peace George.

Regina Giannantonio. Mrs g from camp auxilium

janvier 15, 2021

Dear Dan,Denise, and extended family,
I would like to extend my condolences to all of you on the passing of a very kind, soft spoken, man's passing. I would see George at the st Joseph's thrift shop often. He was always quiet, kind , and so helpful, he would be so excited to see what you chose and would chuckle at the Cheap prices and bargains you would go home with. Simple happiness from a simple man. He was qenuinely happy to be helpful. The heavens gained a new shining star.

Julie & Bill Lintz

janvier 15, 2021

We met George thru His Daughter, Patty. Subsequently, I gave Him an FBI ballcap which He proudly wore.
Having served Myself as a Special Agent for 27 years, I can attest that He unquestionably epitomized Our Motto; "FIDELITY, BRAVERY, INTEGRITY."

Kathy Trexler

janvier 15, 2021

My condolences to the Hayek Family in the passing of George, a very special friend to me. I'll miss his outgoing personality, huge smile and most of all, our friendly banter about handicapped parking. I'm sure the Lord has given him a "Reserved Spot." Much Love and prayers for your family.

Judith Dacanay

janvier 14, 2021

Mr Hayek was such a welcoming and kind man. I was blessed to know him.

Marion & Don Kimble

janvier 14, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the Hayek family. George was such a joy to work with at the market & we all have great memories of him. He always greeted everyone with a smile & caring heart. Helen Cooper & I dressed up one Halloween & went to his house. He could not imagine who the 2 of us were & tried half the night guessing. I’m not sure if we ended up showing our face finally, but we sure had a great laugh. He reminded us for days over that. He so enjoyed it. May you Rest In Peace George as you fulfilled your life here & are now with the Lord. Save us a spot up there & will continue our friendship. Marion & Don Kimble

Karen Biamonte

janvier 14, 2021

Dan and the Hayek family,
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father. Many great memories of George over the years, he was a incredible person. Loosing a parent and a husband is so difficult, my thoughts and prayers are with you all, may George Rest in Peace.
Sincerely, Karen Biamonte