Jeffrey Dale Hayes

June 6, 1962 - August 19, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 58 A Heart of Gold and a Kind, Gentle Soul

Jeffrey Dale Hayes, age 58, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. After a long and hard-fought battle with colorectal cancer, he left this Earth surrounded by his wife of 29 years, Sandy, and loving sons, Derrick, Brandon, Emmett and Hunter. Jeff truly lived a life full of blessings as a father, husband, engineer, pilot, photographer, athlete and patriot.

Born in Bennington, VT, on June 6, 1962, Jeffrey was an honorable son to the late Richard Donald Hayes and the late Nadine Marsden Hayes as the youngest brother to the late Eric Allan Hayes and is survived by his sister, Debbie Hayes McGraw. A snowboarding pioneer and championship soccer player, Jeff excelled in whatever he focused his time and energy on. He was a student and a scholar graduating first from Burr & Burton Seminary in 1980, then the University of Vermont for his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984, and finally Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. As an airplane pilot with a passion for aerospace industry, Jeff worked at GE aerospace and then Boeing for over 30 years. He earned the prestigious role as an Associate Technical Fellow for Boeing and worked on projects ranging from Boeing’s V22 helicopter to the Apache. Jeff was an engineer with a passion for precision and worked hard to provide a better life for his family. He served his country with pride in the Pennsylvania National Guard and was a proud defender of the 2nd Amendment.

Jeffrey loved each of his sons immensely and was always proud he had raised four boys into men who all grew to be at least 6 feet tall. He loved his wife and the beautiful life they created for themselves in this world. Jeff loved the music of Frank Zappa, the movies of Jim Carrey, and he loved to cook and eat delicious food with his family and friends. He devoted much of his time to designing and building, working with his hands, and fixing and repairing things that were broken. He took countless pictures of the many priceless moments shared with his family and enjoyed capturing memories to save forever. He was a hard man with a heart of gold and a kind, gentle soul. In addition to his sister, Jeffrey is survived by his wife Sandy Hayes, and his four sons Derrick, Brandon, Emmett and Hunter.

Visitation will be held from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Jeffrey’s service will be by invitation only. However, all are welcome to participate virtually by copy and pasting the following Zoom link to your web browser:

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.



August 28, 2020 5:00PM to 7:00PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Memorial Service

August 28, 2020 7:00PM To join a live stream of Jeffrey's Memorial Service, simply copy and paste the Zoom link to your web browser at the above date and time:




  1. This is an easy way to send condolences to Sandy and the four Hayes boys but I hope they will know that I’m very sincere when I say that Jeff was a really good next door neighbor up at the lake. Always friendly and helpful. Fun to visit with too. My family and I will miss him a lot!

    Joan Campbell Shaw | September 3, 2020 at 2:47 PM
  2. My deepest condolenses to Jeff’s family. I am very saddened to learn of Jeff’s passing.

    My favorite memory of Jeff is from Saturday, June 9th 2007. Jeff invited my (late) wife Linda and I to fly from New Garden Airport in Toughkennamon, to the Lancaster airport for breakfast at Fiorino’s restaurant. Also onboard was Jeff’s son Hunter, and a friend. Jeff let me take the controls for about 10 minutes! Thrilling indeed, despite the anxiety!

    We had breakfast, with much great conversation and afterwards took dozens of photos prior to getting back onboard.

    Upon the return landing to New Garden, the winds were stronger than usual. Jeff landed his Piper Saratoga safely and skillfully. Jeff’s excellent piloting required a couple very quick pushes and pulls on the yoke (“steering wheel”), each with a very large range of motion.

    After Jeff slowed the plane down to taxi, I told Jeff that I had no idea that the yoke was capable of such a long excursion. Jeff looked at me and said (jokingly), “Neither did I!” We both laughed!

    Yes, Jeff had a great sense of humor.

    Also, I shared with Jeff my appreciation of the music of Frank Zappa. We traded compact discs of Zappa’s tunes more than a time or two.

    I was always happy when Jeff stopped by Rotor System Design Enginnering area. Jeff was always a pleasure to work with!

    Robert Anthony Ruble | August 29, 2020 at 2:36 AM
  3. Holding a light in my heart for you and yours, dear Sandy.

    Tina Skinner | August 28, 2020 at 9:12 PM
  4. I want to extend condolences during this difficult time. I wish I could be there in person but am grateful to be here virtually. With Love and Sympathy, Julian.

    Julian Evans | August 28, 2020 at 7:31 PM
  5. I’m very sorry to hear about Jeff. Haven’t seen him for a while, but Ive known and worked with him for many years on many Boeing programs, the latest being JMR, and it was always a pleasure, never a dull moment. He was a smart man and never backed away from a challenge. We went on a number of business trips together and had some good times, I remember at one dinner he ordered a 32oz steak and finished it, not a big challenge for him! I’ve been on medical leave for a while myself and he’s one of the people I miss and think about often. I hope you are all doing ok and my deepest condolences for your loss.

    Marty Wraga | August 28, 2020 at 7:20 PM
  6. Jeff was one of the most unique individuals I’ve met in my life. Between his physical stature, his intellect, the way he dressed, his sense of humor, his snowboarding and water skinning abilities, piloting skills, etc, etc …it’s safe to say I don’t think I will meet anyone like Jeff again.

    Jeff attended my wedding a few years ago and I’m pretty certain he and his wife were the first to start dancing at the reception. They were the catalyst for everyone else to really get the party started. The day after, my wife and I started to opening the gifts we had received. As we started to unwrap the various presents, I came to a small box that was extremely heavy for its size. I quickly realized it was a box of shot gun shells??? I thought to myself this is a rather strange wedding present. I then peered across the room to spot a long rectangular box a alone in the corner. Yep, it was a shot gun! Needless to say my wife was not as exuberant as I was with this incredible offering. After I dug around some more I realized it was from Jeff. A few days later I thanked him for the gift but I went on to mention that my wife was NOT as overly excited about the present and …. Jeff quickly cut me off and replied “Exactly, it’s the perfect wedding gift …entry into gun ownership! What are you going to do …decline a wedding gift?”

    Rest in peace my friend…

    Eric Kaiser | August 28, 2020 at 6:56 PM
  7. Dear Sandy, sending you much love. I am so sorry. Love , Ellen

    Ellen B Davies | August 28, 2020 at 1:33 PM
  8. Jeff was an excellent engineer and mentor to work under during my first years at Boeing. His knowledge was extensive and covered a variety of disciplines. Whenever you needed advice or help with anything, Jeff was always there to lend a hand.

    My most memorable experience with Jeff was our road trip to NY to visit a supplier. I never knew that 12 hours’ worth of Zappa music existed! On that same trip, during a breakfast, Jeff taught the team (and the entire restaurant waiting staff) how to properly tie a bow-tie. Jeff’s dry, but witty, humor at work will definitely be missed.

    Richard Naffin | August 28, 2020 at 12:35 PM
  9. Jeff’s passing is more sad news in a year filled with sad news.
    It does, however, bring back fond memories of the wonderful Hayes family together at UPC on a Sunday morning.
    Sandy – I will pray for you and your boys in this time of grief – Regards to Derrick.

    Fred Hoge

    Frederick C Hoge | August 26, 2020 at 8:26 PM
  10. As a supplier to Boeing, I interfaced with Jeff on a number of projects. Jeff was a great engineer, who was always helpful and kind. His gentle soul and manners were genuine and shined thru with ease. God bless him.

    Alex Habibvand, RBC/ITB Engineering Fellow-Director | August 25, 2020 at 4:19 PM
  11. I worked with Jeff on a Chinook helicopter project that Boeing had with my company, Rexnord in Milwaukee. I always enjoyed when Jeff would visit us to observe progress. His passion and talent were so evident. He was one of the smartest engineers I met during my 40 year career. My condolences to his entire family.

    Bill Arbiture | August 25, 2020 at 10:54 AM
  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love to Sandy, Hunter, Derrick, Brandon and Emmett. Jeff will always have a special place in each of your hearts.

    Joan & Dale | August 24, 2020 at 7:47 PM
  13. Jeff was a great colleague and mentor. I learned a great deal from Jeff as he was a great teacher, very knowledgeable, and a passionate engineer.

    I have fond memories of skiing with Jeff with his vintage purple and neon “mystery air” snow board which he managed to keep functional with some Home Depot parts and engineering creativity. I remember him getting lots of comments from folks on the slopes about his vintage equipment. I think he even still had the original boots!

    Jeff was a great man. What we are doing at Boeing today would not be what it is without you. You will not be forgotten. Thanks for everything and God Bless.

    Scott Bouwer | August 24, 2020 at 7:06 PM
  14. Jeff was my good friend for many years. He and I ate lunch together practically every workday and we talked about
    many things. He helped me in my work and he helped me in my life with his friendship. We went together to Vermont several times for weekends in his home town. He taught me how to drive a bulldozer and lots of other cool things.

    One day Jeff and Sandy, and my wife Laurene and I flew together in his plane to have lunch at the pilot lounge in Lancaster and then flew back to New Garden. A fun day to remember in sad times.

    Goodbye to a good friend

    Keith Roddis | August 24, 2020 at 4:40 PM
  15. So sorry for your loss, Sandy. Thoughts and prayers for you and your boys.

    Janis Kumpf | August 24, 2020 at 3:10 PM
  16. So very sorry and saddened to hear about Jeff’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to all. I’ve had the honor of working with Jeff for several years when I handled the Boeing account at SKF. Jeff was well-respected in our organization and an all-around gentleman. I was just thinking about Jeff last night while watching the Weather Channel and wondering if he had traveled to Cuba to see the classic cars. Will fondly remember Jeff and his bowties. Sandy

    Sandy Martin | August 24, 2020 at 2:24 PM
  17. Such a sad news. My condolences to the entire grieving family. Even with my limited time of interaction with Jeff in the stress group, I realized that he was smart, talented and great colleague who was ready to help others. We all Boeing friends will miss him. May your sole rest in peace. Amit Patel (Boeing-Dynamic Stress Group).

    Amit Patel | August 24, 2020 at 12:53 PM
  18. I remember Jeff as an excellent engineer with a critical mind. His induction into the Boeing Technical Fellowship was a eell deserved recognition of his abilities. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Jeff’s wife and family. He is missed by an entire community. God bless….

    Raymond Drago | August 24, 2020 at 9:42 AM
  19. My deepest condolences to you. Jeff was a great co-worker and an awesome teacher to us. He was a great engineer and well respected. I will always remember our drives to Connecticut where he shared his love of Zappa. He will be missed.

    Yiyi Zhang | August 24, 2020 at 9:19 AM
  20. Peace and love to you and your family Sandy. Love. Ellen Rodolfy Russell

    Ellen Russell | August 23, 2020 at 9:55 PM
  21. Sandy

    Big hugs to you and your boys! Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and prayers to you all. ❤️

    Sandy Pinsonault | August 23, 2020 at 8:53 PM
  22. I am so saddened to learn of Jeff’s passing!! My sincere condolences to you all. Jeff is now at home with his parents and brother❤️

    Debbie Douglass | August 23, 2020 at 6:44 PM
  23. my Deepest Condolences for your loss. I first met Jeff in 1987 he was full of passion and enthusiasm for his snowboarding. Then we crossed paths again in 2015. Jeff will always be remembered! One of the most knowledgeable engineers and helpful on personal levels to everyone. -Leo

    Leo Yuknevich | August 23, 2020 at 6:32 PM
  24. So very sorry. Knew you both at Burr and Burton freshman year, many moons ago.

    Stephanie Smith Breed | August 22, 2020 at 6:44 PM
  25. My condolences to all of you. Four great sons is so true! Thinking of UPC and good times together. May God grant you all peace – it has been a long struggle. With sympathy, Joyce Parrett

    Joyce parrett | August 22, 2020 at 7:17 AM

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