Fun-loving dad kept family on their toes
It was not unusual for Bill Hayes to come home from work and tell his unsuspecting wife to get the children ready so they could all take off for a family outing.
“He was a character, a fun-loving guy who liked doing things off the seat of his pants,” said his wife of 44 years, Alice C. Boyle Hayes. “We never planned anything.”
William C. Hayes Sr. of Valencia, a Vietnam War veteran who spent 24 years as an aircraft mechanic for US Airways, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Butler VNA Hospice. He was 67.
“He would come home and say, ‘Let's go camping; let's go to the caverns.' We would take the kids to central Pennsylvania and go touring and sightseeng,” Mrs. Hayes said. “We never made hotel arrangements. Oh, my God, you don't know how many bug-infested hotels we stayed at.”
Mr. Hayes knew how to have fun but was a hard-working, family-oriented man who loved children, his widow said.
“We belonged to a bowling league. He loved to bowl. He loved to golf. He coached Little League baseball even before I met him. He coached (youth) football for a long time.”
Mr. Hayes, a Montour High School graduate, coached youth baseball in the Crafton-Ingram area, where he and his family made their home for many years, and youth football in Green Tree.
He met his wife, who lived in Butler County, at a dance in Green Tree.
“Bill asked me for my phone number. I never expected him to call me. I thought, ‘He will never make that trip to Mars.' But he did, in the days before (Interstate) 79 was completed. We ended up hooking up and would have been married 45 years in May.”
Mr. Hayes and his wife were complete opposites in many ways, but she said there were important similarities that pulled them together.
“He had a love of life and love of children. He had the same values of family that were always important to me.
“I am going to miss his sense of humor. He was so quick-witted. I am going to miss the companionship. I have nobody to fight with now,” she said with a laugh.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hayes is survived by sons William C. Hayes Jr. of Mars and Jason Hayes of Virginia Beach; daughter Shane Saddler of Virginia Beach; a sister, Mary Fox of Aliquippa; a brother, Jack Hayes of Scott; and 10 grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Kilian Church, Clark and Cherry streets, Mars. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery.
Michael Hasch is a Trib Total Media staff writer.