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: https://zoom.us/j/91702748803
Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.
VisitationAugust 28, 2020 5:00PM to 7:00PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Memorial ServiceAugust 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:
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