West Newbury, MA — Robert E. Hayes, 81, of West Newbury, Mass., passed away after a period of declining health on Monday, July 29, surrounded by family.
Bob was born February 9, 1932, to Rose (Myles) and James Hayes in Revere, Mass., the younger of two children.
Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1951, and served during the Korean War. Upon his return, Bob enrolled at Salem State College, earning a bachelor’s in history, and then went on to earn his degree in law from Boston College.
Initially a public defender and a lawyer in private practice, he received a judicial appointment in 1976 under the Dukakis administration. He spent most of his career at Lynn District Court, and then various courts throughout Essex County. After 25 years of service, he retired in 2002 at age 70.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, and entertaining his grandchildren with his wry sense of humor. He particularly enjoyed spending his summer vacation in Rangeley Lakes, Maine. It was a tradition that first began with his parents, then continued with his own children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Janice (Pickul) Hayes; along with their five children, Daniel and Diane McDonald of Haverhill, Mass., Anne and Mark Tashjian of Groveland, Mass., Jennifer and John Roche of Deerfield, Mass., Holly and Chris Ragusa of Newburyport, Mass., and Robert and Jac Lyn Hayes of Newton, N.H.; and 11 grandchildren, Daniel McDonald, Tyler McDonald, Michael Tashjian, Sara Tashjian, Tierney Roche, Maggie Roche, Hannah Roche, Lilly Ragusa, Abigail Ragusa, Kayla Hayes, and Emma Hayes.
The family would like to thank the staff at Amesbury Village for their exemplary care.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Twomey–Le Blanc and Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, at 9 a.m., in St. Anne’s Church, West Newbury, Mass. Burial will follow at Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boston Strong Fund, C/O One Fund Boston, Inc., P.O. Box 990009, Boston MA 02199.
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