Thomas E. Hayes

July 01, 1941 ‒ January 23, 2020

Cleveland, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Thomas E. Hayes, age 78, of South Euclid, Ohio passed away on January 23, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.
Tom was born on July 1, 1941 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Maurice and Ruth (Payne) Hayes. He graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School in 1959, where he was captain of their first football team.
Tom attended the University of Cincinnati, and in 1962 joined the Ohio National Guard.
Professionally, Tom worked for the People’s Bank in Gambier, Economy Savings and Loan, First Knox National Bank, and Oberlin Saving Bank before becoming Vice President of First Federal Savings and Loan.
Tom always gave back to the community serving from 1977 to 1983 as Treasure of the Knox County Symphony. He served as president of the Knox County branch of the American Cancer Society, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Knox County Board of Elections. He was a life member of the Elks Club.
Tom was a big Ohio State Buckeye fan, staunch Cleveland Indian’s fan and a long suffering Cleveland browns fan.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Susan; his son Thomas (Kirsten) of Cleveland Heights, OH; his son Matthew of Alexandria, VA ; and two beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth and Henry.
He is also survived by his brothers, Joe and Mike, and his sisters,  Carol (Dick) Carpenter, Cathy (Rich) Boughner, and Debbie Chaffin, as well and a number of nieces and nephews.
There will be a private burial and celebration of life at a later date.
Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve,
or to your local food bank.

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  • We remember Tom well from our St. Vincent days. Tom was such a nice guy with a shy smile. He was a great athlete,a star football and basketball player. Tom was a sharp dresser and loved to dance. It was always nice to catch up when we would see Tom and Sue in Mount Vernon. We send our deepest sympathy to all of Tom’s family. He will be missed.

  • So very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. My sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace Tom.

  • Susan, we so sorry hear of Toms passing. We have so many fond memories of the times Scott spent at your house. You are in our thoughts and prayers🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Dear Susan, Tom and Matt,
    So many fun memories from basketball games back in the day. These losses are tough and we’re never quite prepared for the transition. May love and laughter be what you remember most!
    Love and prayers,
    Rachel Blevins

  • Remembering our trip together down to Canyon de Chelly and when you both visited us in Grand Junction. We savor those memories now.

  • Dear Susan, Tom and Matt,

    So many great memories of the time spent at your house with Matt and the whole Hayes family as we were growing up. From basketball in the driveway, to shooting pool in the basement, to learning how to play Nintendo I always remember Mr. Hayes joking around with all of us. Also remember all of the support in sports from Little League and YMCA hoops through junior high and all through high school. It has been many years since I have seen any of the Hayes family but you are definitely one of the families that I consider an important part of my life. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God bless,
    Scott Bechtel

  • I knew Tom from the day I married his sister Cathy. He always wanted a Carolina Gamecocks football hat. HA! HA! I will always remember the expression on his face when he went for a VERY QUICK ride in my purple Dodge Challenger when he visited us in South Carolina. I will miss you Tom !

  • Susie, Tom, and Matt,

    We are so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. From time raising our families, being in the Jaycees, to neighborhood parties in Fredericktown. With love and prayers, you are in our hearts.

  • My family and I were so blessed to meet Tom and Susan the first week we moved into our home 3 years ago. A plate of warm chocolate chip cookies were delivered to us by Susan and from then a new friendship was born. Tom was such an easy going man. Our talks always included warm smiles and laughs. I loved seeing Tom and Susan out around the neighborhood together taking walks, tending to their yard, enjoying life and each other. I could see the friendship and love they shared. I appreciate the times we shared, talks, and memories we made. I will miss hearing my little guy Wayne say “there goes Mr. Tom mama!!!” with so much excitement in his voice. Thank you both for letting us be apart of your lives and people that we could look up to. Prayers for strength, comfort, and love to Susan and the family.

  • Susan and family, we were so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Cherish the memories.
    Mike & Fran Murphy
    The Fairways

  • Susan and family,
    I’m so sorry to read about the loss of Tom. While I haven’t seen you all in years, my sincere sympathy is extended to you and the rest of the Hayes family.

  • He was definitely one of a kind and loved his family ferociously. God has a special place for him in heaven! Peace to Susan and family!

  • So sorry to hear of your loss!. Prayers to all of you during this difficult time. You are in our hearts.

  • Dear Susan, we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, He was such a positive and friendly neighbor and we will miss him. Please let us know if we can help in any way. Our prayers are with you, remember we are just across the street if you need us.

  • Sue and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Tom was my idol growing up as he was St. Vincent’s first quarterback, and a good one. He also starred in basketball. But, more than that, he always had time for us younger kids in the neighborhood, and later was my 8th and 9th grade basketball coach. Tom had such a positive impact on others because he was truly a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Matt
    Seashells remind us that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind so my Friend Matt and family take heart and let us celebrate the life of our Dad.
    Nicholas,from Kenya.

  • I am so sorry to read of Tom’s passing. He was in my sister Peggy’s class at St. Vincent.
    Tom wrote a letter of reference for me , so I could get a banking job, while I attended Ohio State. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Susan, Tom, and Matt

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. I have fond memories of being at the house in my younger years and his distinct laugh is still in my memory.

    My sincerest thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

    Dennis Beckholt

  • Love to all the Hayes . Tommy was a couple of months younger than me we grew up together. I stayed at their house in the summer for a week or two and have a great time. We were double cousins our grandfather’s married sisters. I’m happy to hear that Tommy had Sue and children and even grandchildren as well as many friends and a successful career. We lost our brother Jim over a year ago to cancer we understand your loss. You have my prayers. Crissy

  • To Sue and your dear family, Gary and I send our love and condolences. We had such fun together when we were newlyweds and new parents so many years ago. Unfortunately we lost contact in recent years but have always remembered our early friendship. Prayers and love.

  • To the Hayes Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. Our hearts go out to all of your family. I (Michael) have many fond memories. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Michael and Laura Abell

  • Thanks to everyone who shared their memories about Tom with us. He was a very special person who we will miss everyday.

  • Dear Susan and family,

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Kimble Family – Harriet, Chauncey, Jim and Kay

  • Dear Susan and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I use to say to him we are almost cousins.

    I remember when he and I worked at First Federal S&L he would get so upset when he had to type something, he just couldn’t get use to those electric typewriters and that is why they gave him that old favorite typewriter when he left First Federal S&L.

    Love and Prayers, Kay Schlairet Bostic