Charles Russell Hayford

October 24, 1939November 12, 2020

RUMFORD: Charles "Russ" Hayford, 81, of Livermore peacefully passed away on Thursday November 12, 2020 at the Rumford Community Home. He was born in Livermore on October 24, 1939 a son of the late Lyndon and Gertrude (Gammon) Hayford. He grew up in the Livermore area and attended local schools.

He was a graduate of Leavitt Institute in Turner, class of 1959. After high school, he joined the Marine Corp Reserves. He married Lee Lyon on September 23, 1961 and they started a family together. During that time, Russ worked as a mill wright for Cianbro for many years. He also worked as a logger, a farmer for Caldwell Farms in Turner and retired from R.E. Lowell Lumber in Buckfield. Russ will always be remembered for his love of woodworking, hunting, coin collecting and “hanging out having coffee with the boys” at the Canton Variety. Russ was a member of the Masonic Lodge #21 in Livermore. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his only daughter, Amy Knox and her husband Brian of Peru, his two brothers, Lyndy Hayford and his wife Joann of Hartford, Arthur Hayford and his wife Mary of Livermore, his two grandchildren; Courtney Gemelli and her husband Randy of Smithfield and Scott Knox of Peru, his two great grandchildren, Charley and Carver Gemelli. He also leaves behind his nieces, nephews and many friends along with his sister-in-law, Rae Shields of Andover. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Lee in 2017 as well as their two sons, Scott and Michael. The family wishes to thank the staff at Rumford Hospital and Rumford Community Home for the care and compassion they showed Russ during his time with them. Condolences and fond memories may be shared with his family at

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines, there will be no services at this time. Interment will take place at Demeritt Cemetery in Peru at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 250 Penobscot St. Rumford, 364-4366.


  • Services will be Private.


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Judy Libby

November 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Russ, Russ, Lyndy, and myself all classmates at Leavitt Institute. Many fond memories of the Hayford guys. Prayers for you all.Fly high Russ. Hugs.

Carole Works

November 16, 2020

I remember Russ from our early childhood days; Our folks were good friends. We Bowles girls and the Hayford boys started school together and graduated from Leavitt in the late 50's. Russ did haying with me one summer on my father's farm. We had fun and nearly backed the truck over the stone wall. Rest in peace Russ. My sympathies to the family.