Dr. Richard Read Hayes

November 11, 1932August 8, 2021

Admiration and love for noted physician and outdoorsman Dr. Richard Hayes, didn't come to an end when he passed away on August 8, 2021 at the age of 88. Richard went to the University of Florida, and graduated from Tulane Medical School in 1958, going into the US Navy's School of Aviation Medicine before moving into his new role as a Naval Flight Surgeon with flight pay.

Dr. Hayes enjoyed his time with the Carrier Air Group 1 protecting the Mediterranean area on the US Navy carrier FDR and almost made naval aviation medicine his career but opted instead to set up a private Family Medicine practice in Winter Park, FL in 1963, retiring in 1995.

While always striving to practice evidence-based, preventive medicine, Richard's passions included his wife, Sandi, his children, Read, Neal (Sandra), Dale (Kathy), and Richelle (Paul), seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren (with two more on the way); quail hunting, deep sea fishing, tennis, the Bahamas, Yellowstone, and his friends.

A celebration of Life to honor his memory will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Polasek Museum (Capen House) and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. It will include a military tribute to recognize his years of service.


  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, September 16, 2021


Dr. Richard Read Hayes

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Gregory Hicks

September 16, 2021

Dr. Hayes took care of me over 50 years ago. He was a straight talking common sense Doctor . He loved to talk about his boat (sayah) and his many fishing trips to the Bahamas. I still miss his years of good advice to me. RIP.

Cindy High High

September 15, 2021

Dr Hayes was a very special person. He is an extended family member( my sisters father in law) and a client of mine from my pharmaceutical sales days. Always willing to take time to discuss his favorite topics: his family and his boat! He will be remembered as a loving father , grandfather and friend ❤️

Jackie Devine

September 12, 2021

Dr. Hayes was one of those people who influenced with subtlety. I learned this after being invited to go fishing on the SEYAH, Dr Hayes’s 46 foot Ocean sports fishing boat, as a teenager. I caught the fishing bug on day one! We would always rise early, go out to breakfast ( we never ate in the salon), pack our lunch, depart the dock, rig the ballyhoo on our way out of the Canaveral inlet, ran for about a hour, lines in, and wait for the fish to strike! We ALWAYS caught fish!!!! After a full day of fishing we would head back in and get the boat back in ship shape. Richelle and I would mop and shammy making the SEYAH look shiny and new. My love for fishing is a direct result of Dr. Hayes’s impactful direction and time he spent with me. Those were formative days. I see Gods hand in all of my experiences on the SEYAH as it led me to my husband of 32 years and our mutual love for fishing. I pray Dr. Hayes is up in heaven, fishing on a glassy sea, catching a big one!

Steve Edwards

September 9, 2021

I remember some outstanding fishing and hunting trips with him. He let Dale burn warts off my hands when we went to see him at his office. I have the scars to prove it. He will truly be missed.

Robin Elder

September 8, 2021

He was our family doctor for years, while living and growing up in W.P. Hugs to the family and especially Read.

Dave Dickinson

September 8, 2021

I will cherish many, many fond memories of the tennis games we had at lunchtime over the years and the quail hunts with his dogs, also allowing me to bring along a couple of my grandchildren for a first time experience in watching them work! But above all, just the friendship, it was very special and will miss him!