Mark Phillip Hayward

June 20, 1951December 18, 2018

Mark P. Hayward, Sr., 67, of Westmoreland, died peacefully on December 18, 2018, in the comforts his home after a nearly year long struggle with cancer.

Mark was the son of Don M. Hayward Sr. and Pat (Russell) Hayward, grew up in Keene and was educated locally, graduating KHS in 1969. He married his high school sweetheart Michelle (Marrotte) Hayward the following year and soon started a family. In 1976 they purchased Happy Home Farm in Westmoreland to raise their family and bring the old farm back to life, which they did, growing a large garden, raising many animals, maintaining a sugar bush, doing the cord wood, haying, and renovating the house and both barns. He worked construction for a short time but soon began apprenticing and learning the craft of shoeing horses and eventually became a Master Farrier who specialized in harness race horses. He worked for years at such raceways as Hinsdale, Foxboro, and Rockingham, and also worked at NH fairs such as Hopkinton and Rochester. When harness racing ended in the area, he worked at area horse farms. He was an expert on corrective horseshoeing, and his motto as a farrier was “No foot, no horse”.

After about 30 years he went back to construction as an independent contractor, M.P. Hayward General Contractor. He was a master craftsman who could fix and/or build just about anything he set his mind to, and he built both of his sons the houses of their dreams. After the many years of backbreaking work under horses he always felt that building was much easier work. While roofing a house on the hottest summer days he would say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” or “This is just good, honest, work.” He had just recently retired and purchased an RV to finally relax and travel when he was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer last January.

He was a man who worked tirelessly to give his family everything, while never asking for anything in return. He was incredibly selfless, compassionate, kind, and generous, and cared most about making the world a better place for those around him. He was a devoted husband to his wife who was the love of his life for over 50 years and he was a dedicated father and grandfather who loved his family dearly. He was a voracious reader and highly self educated after decades of reading history, philosophy and the biographies of the great lives. He cared about the things that directly impacted our lives such as politics/government and the health/welfare of humanity and our environment. For the past several years he worked to give back to his town after giving so much to his family. He led the building of the new shed at the recycling center, helped with renovations at the town hall, and donated time to helping with facility projects at Westmoreland School. He joined the Lion’s Club which he held various positions along with being the President over the past several years. While in the Lion’s Club he participated and led the annual town roadside clean up each spring, helped with the Keene Lion’s vision screening at the school, assisted with the food basket donations to families each holiday season, and many other projects.

He is survived by his wife Michelle and their two sons, Mark Jr. and his wife Meloney of Westmoreland and Jeremiah and his wife Kathleen Dooher of Waltham MA. Four grandchildren Eleanor, Adelyne, Cal, and Betty. His brother David and his wife Susan of Keene. He is predeceased by his parents and older brother Don M. Hayward Jr.

A memorial service will be held at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene, NH on Thursday December 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Home Healthcare Hospice, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431 or the Historical Society Cheshire County, PO Box 803, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 27, 2018

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Stephen Seraichick

December 29, 2018

To the Hayward Family: I go back a long way with Mark. If my memory is correct we both entered Keene Junior High in 1962. Mark and I ran with different crowds in those days but when we did bump into one another it was always as if we were good "buds". He had the kind of personality that just fit with everyone that came in contact with him. He was easy to chew the fat intros. conversations with him just seemed to flow..I'll miss that! I guess my overall impression of Mark would be "genuine" yeah, he was the real pretentiousness. He was an asset to the town of Westmoreland. Mark's work ethic was known far and wide!! Part of my class..Miss him big time!! With Respect, Stephen Seraichick

Dave and Linda Minickiello

December 26, 2018

We are so saddened to learn of Mark's passing. We so remember his friendly and helpful presence at his boys wrestling meets at KHS. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle, Mark Jr., Jeremiah and their families as they endure this sad time. Luckily we all have many wonderful memories to hold onto.
Warm hugs, Coach and Linda

Juliana Perez

December 20, 2018

What a wonderful tribute to an incredible man. I am a firm believer that a life well lived is measured in the love and legacy that one leaves behind. Marks life and the way he lived it definitely paints a beautiful portrait of a life very well lived. A life full of happiness, accomplishments, gifts of himself and time to others, and most importantly his love and devotion to his beloved family. It was a privilege to have known him . My love and prayers are with the Hayward and Harlow families as you celebrate his amazing life. May the warmth of a lifetime of beautiful memories comfort you all in the difficult days ahead.

All my love,
Ju Ju ox

Mary Fish

December 20, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I’m just on the other side of the mountain (Gilboa), if you ever want to talk to someone. I’d love to hear from you. I’m in the book.

With my sympathy,
Mary Fish

Paul Szoc

December 19, 2018

A great friend and classmate at Keene High 1969. RIP my friend.