Richard George HAYS

April 29, 1969July 18, 2021

Richard George HAYS, age 52, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Richard was born April 29, 1969.

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Drena Messenger

July 24, 2021

I will always remember Rich's contagious smile & laughter. It was a rare occasion to find him without either! I've known Rich since high school and we had reconnected through reunions and group outings over the last 10 years. I will miss him dearly! Please accept my heartfelt condolences. 🙏🙏🙏💜💜💜

Andrea Sutherland

July 24, 2021

Captain Rich I met you 5 years ago and instantly felt like I’ve known you forever! You are the real deal, one of a kind….. I will miss you so much. I’m so sad …. Sarasota won’t be the same without you. RIPmy sweet friend. I was headed down soon to see ya. Trust me I will take the fireball handle! 🔥🔥🔥 luv you… save a spot for me !

Carol Brustad

July 24, 2021

Just wanted to send sincere condolences to the family. We have known Rich for over 10 years and will always cherish the many fun gatherings with him at Ty’s Tavern, Halloween Parties, our home, and Rich’ home parties, and at my wedding. Rich was one of the most genuine, kind, and naturally funniest guys I’ve known. I remember our last Christmas party at our home where Rich, Mike, Ty, myself and a few others stayed up around the fire-pit to laugh and sit around and talk after everyone had gone home. He truly had a heart for people, and loved to make everyone laugh. Rich had an app on his phone where he could make it project video and disco lights!! Lol. Leave it to Rich to have discovered such a cool thing. My kids thought he was the bomb and became friends with him on FB. Everyone who knew him instantly loved him. He ended up sleeping on our couch that night, he woke up in the morning with a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch to share!! He was just the cutest!! He was truly one of the sweetest guys, with a huge heart for life and people. When you talked to him, he listened and was more than just a superficial friend. I’m so sad to hear he has gone. Rich will be missed so very much!! The world lost a beautiful person. Heaven has truly gained an angel. God bless you and the family, praying so hard for you in your tremendous loss. If you have a service, we will be there to honor his life and memory.