Pelham, NH — Clifton E. Hayes, 81, a lifelong resident and former Selectman of Pelham, died on Thursday, September 26, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, with his devoted family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Gladys L. (Lipnicki) Hayes, with whom he would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in December.
Born in South Kingston, R.I., on June 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward and Dorice (May) Hayes. Clifton attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in architecture at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Clifton proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. After being based out of Pearl Harbor for four years while on active duty, he went on to spend many years in the reserves, and ultimately retired as a Commander. Clifton was also the owner/operator of Hayco Corporation in Nashua, where he designed, built and distributed specialty cabinets. Previously, he was employed at Horton & Hubbard, also located in Nashua.
Clifton was a member of the Masonic Pulpit Rock Lodge No. 103 in Pelham. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and spending time at Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham, N.H. He also harbored a great passion for history.
A talented designer and craftsman, Clifton loved to build and create; furniture, cabinetry and children's toys to name a few. Ever the innovator, he also loved to design and build things to make life easier.
In addition to his wife, Gladys, Clifton is survived by two daughters, Susan M. Hayes of Pelham, and Jessica A. Paulsen and her husband, Lon, of Nashua; a son, Christopher E. Hayes of Tuckahoe, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Meredith, Nicholas, Benjamin, Ethan, Brendan, and Olivia; a brother, William T. “Spike” Hayes and his wife, Judith, of Pelham; and several nieces and nephews.