OBITUARY

William G. Hayes

May 12, 1952April 10, 2021
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William G. Hayes, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at home, on April 10, 2021, at the age of 68.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Deborah Hayes, his parents, William and Patricia Hayes, and five siblings, Kathleen, Joanne, Carl Matthew, Daniel, and Mary Ellen.

He is survived by his loving children, Patrick Hayes and Tiffany Hayes; his cherished grandchildren, Quamae Newsome, Madeline Newsome, Stephan William Hayes, and Micah Hayes; brothers, Michael and Kenny Hayes; sisters, Noreen Murray and Rachel Keys; the Parker family; and a large extended family and many dear friends.

William retired from Strong Memorial Hospital after 30 years, as the Director of Materials Management. He was also president of Aid to Hospitals. He was very involved with the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, where he held the position of Sexton, and worked in Pastoral care. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

William will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-7pm, on Wed., April 14th, at the Funeral Home of ALVAH HALLORAN & SON, 2125 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624. Masks are required for anyone in attendance and social distancing guidelines must be followed. A private funeral service will be held for the family at 12:00pm on Thurs. April 15th, for those unable to attend, the service will be available via livestream at Live.RochesterUnitarian.org. Interment will take place in White Haven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

Memories

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Denise (Neecy) Bordeaux

April 14, 2021

Will thank you for being you, you always listened and were the most loving and caring soft spoken person ever. Whenever I saw you, you always had a warm smile with a matching hug. We've shared laughs as well as tears and through it all you always welcome me and allowed me to be myself. 20 yrs ago we became family and you've always treated me and my family as such. Thank you for your unconditional love for Quamae and Madeline. Will I'm truly going to miss you . Continue to watch over your children and grandchildren. Until we meet again . Love Neecy

James Frederiksen

April 14, 2021

There are a myriad of memories I have of my time with Willie at Strong Memorial Hospital so I will share a few of the best!!!!! First, there was the pantyhose soccer game he taught me. It takes two teams. Equipment: one pair of pantyhose & one unbaked Idaho potato per team member & one soccer ball!!!! Team members tie one leg of the pantyhose around their waist. The potato is inserted into the other leg and "dangles" between the person's legs!!!!! The object is to "swing" the potato at the soccer ball to try & score a goal, no hands!!!! Needless to say risque but all who played, had a great time!!!! Second, the stage show on the lawn at SMH. Administration approached me to come up with an idea to boost staff morale. I decided to do lunches on the lawn and they were a hit. For a finale, I decided we needed to do some sort of entertainment. Knowing Willie has entertainment experience, I asked him to assist and he volunteered willingly!!! We rented a city stage, Willie solicited talent from the SMH staff & eventually emceed the production!!! The show went off with only one hitch - one of the singers stopped in the middle of the performance. Willie and I asked later what happened. We were told the mic went "DEAD"!!! Willie and I looked at each other & immediately said to each other, "The performer forgot the words!!!!!!!! Third, Even today but certainly back when, there are always more takers than givers. Givers are a rare, special breed & Willie certainly was one of the givers!!!!!! For many years he co-chaired the annual SMH holiday party. He coordinated all the entertainment and because of his position, he used his contacts to provide staffing as servers as well as soliciting people to entertain the staff. Needless to say, the event was successful year after year; due in large part to Willie's talents and abilities!!!! It was my pleasure to work with Willie & will always remember our time together!!!! Rest in Peace!!!!!!!!

Rachel Keys

April 13, 2021

Will was the most generous and compassionate person. His wisdom and insight were always so helpful. His soft tone has always brought me comfort more times than I can really count. Dear Brother, you will be sorely missed. You have always been the anchor in the storm always ready to help pick up pieces or stand behind me in support. The world will never be the same.

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