Thomas Patrick "Pat" Hayes III of Henrietta Township, left us on Friday, June 26, 2020, after a brief illness. Pat was born February 5, 1940 in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Thomas P. and Helen Steenrod Hayes.
With his father active in the U.S. Navy, Pat, along with his little brother, Richard, were fortunate to experience living abroad in places like Guam and Panama, as well as in states like Hawaii and Virginia. Pat graduated from high school in Norfolk, Virginia. After high school, Pat's career took him to Washington DC.
Pat met his wife of 54 years, Faye (nee Reinhart), in Washington DC. They raised their family of six kids in the Henrietta area, where they made their home for the last 48 years. Pat was employed for many years at Nordson Corporation in Amherst and was later self-employed before retiring in May.
Pat was active in youth sports coaching baseball in the Firelands area and supported his kids in sports and music in the schools. Pat is probably best remembered as the man who brought soccer to Lorain County having started the Lorain County Soccer League in his side yard and working to see it grow in the area. He was actively involved in the league for many years as Commissioner, Coach and Referee. Many of the leagues in Lorain County today can be traced back to the LCSL.
Pat loved reading, music, watching his grandkids play sports and supporting all his kids musical endeavors. In the end, Pat was a family man and was thrilled to be able to visit his ancestral home of Ireland twice in the last five years with his family.
Pat was preceded in death by his wife, Faye; his mother; father and brother, Richard.
He leaves to cherish his memory his six children, Sean (Debbie) Hayes of Kingsland, Georgia, Erin Hayes of Willowick, Brian (Jodie) Hayes of Wellington, Mary-Shannon Fulton of Elyria, Meegan (Eric) Svendsen of Willowick, Brandon (Ilean) Hayes of Oberlin, along with 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and his companion of the last two years, Joyce Rado of Ashland.
Funeral services will be private, however, a Celebration of Life for family and friends is planned for Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Leota Bettcher Hall in Birmingham, Ohio.
The family would like to thank the many professionals at New Life Hospice for their caring and compassion in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to New Life Hospice of Lorain.
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