John James Hayes

August 17, 1939 - May 20, 2015

John James Hayes, age 75, of Newark, DE, child of God and devout member of the Catholic Church, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in the surgical ICU at Christiana Hospital.

Husband of Joyce Koria Hayes; father of John Patrick Hayes of Coatesville, PA and Elizabeth Ann Hayes of Boston, MA; and proud grandfather of Olivia Meadow Owens of Boston, MA. John is also survived by brother, Jeremiah Hayes and sisters, Marjorie Hayes and Catherine Hayes Farrell.

John was born and raised in New York City and was a graduate of Iona College. John was an avid golfer and longtime member of Three Little Bakers Golf Course as well as an ardent sports fan, cheering on his New York and U of D sports teams. John also loved music of every genre — except country. He will be disappointed to miss the Wilmington Jazz Festival next month.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 8:30 am until 10:30 am. Interment will be held privately in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions are made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.


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11 Condolences for John James Hayes

  • Joyce, You are in my prayers at this sad time. Jinx Steele

  • Elizabeth,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. From my family to yours we’ll be praying for you all through this difficult time. Please accept our condolences.


  • So very saddened by John ‘s passing. Know he will greatly be missed by his family & friends.
    Blessings to you Joyce, John P. & Beth

  • I am going to miss you Uncle John. The man without a mean bone in his body. The one who was just starting to share his repertory of jokes with the new generation. Watch over us from heaven. I’ll be lighting a “fat one” for you down here.

  • Joyce:

    My thoughts are with you. Very sad news. Hope you are doing well.


  • My sympathy for your loss.

  • Joyce my thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel your pain.May the peace of our living God comfort you and your family.

  • Joyce and Family – Extending not only my thoughts, prayers and love, but soooo many of our members ….of your classes express their feelings to all of you.
    Your Bear Family loves you, Joyce 🙂

  • I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  • Joyce,
    I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear that John has left us way too soon. I always enjoyed his company when we were all hanging out and playing golf. He will be greatly missed by everyone. You are in my thoughts at this very difficult time. My sincere condolences.

  • Joyce, I am so sorry to hear about your loss! God Bless you and your family. Vivat Jesus!