John F Hayes – “Jack” -of Stoneham, formerly of Somerville, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. He passed peacefully, surrounded by family. He was 91.
Beloved husband of the late Therese (Maher) Hayes. Loving father of Christine M. Hayes of Stoneham, James M. Hayes of Chicago, Il., and John K. Hayes of Stoneham. Devoted and proud Papa of Abigail E. Hayes of Wilmington.
Born and raised in Somerville, he was the son of the late Thomas P. and Helen M. (Normile) Hayes, both of Ireland. Dear brother to the late Thomas Hayes, James E. Hayes, and Kevin W. Hayes. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Jack was born April 25, 1932, and graduated from St. Clement High School in Somerville. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He returned home to attend St. Anselm College in Manchester NH, where he graduated with a B.A. in education. He would go on to attend Boston University, earning a master’s degree.
For more than 30 years, Jack worked as an educator with the Burlington Public School system, where he taught history and television production. He also worked as a photographer during the summer months with the Somerville Recreation Commission for over 30 years.
Jack was a passionate lifelong fan of the Boston College football and hockey teams, sharing his enthusiasm with many dear friends at the Chestnut Hill Campus.
Jack made friends everywhere he went, sharing stories about his time growing up in Somerville, his days as a student at Saint Anselm College, the chances of BC’s football team making it to a bowl that year, or how proud he was of his children and his much-loved granddaughter, Abby.
His greatest legacies were his unwavering Catholic faith, his love of God, and the unconditional love that he had for his friends and his family.
Calling hours will be held in the George F. Doherty Funeral Home on Sunday, October 15th
from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.
A funeral procession will be held on Monday, October 16 at 8:30 AM. Followed by a funeral
mass celebrated at St Raphael Church, 512 High St. Medford at 9:30 AM.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Services will conclude with Jack being laid to rest with his beloved wife Therese at the
Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:30. Please meet directly at the gate.