, Salem, MA

September 18, 2013

Robert Francis Hayes, 92

Salem — Mr. Robert Francis Hayes, 92, of Danvers, formerly of Salem, beloved husband of Mary G. (Dukas) Hayes of Danvers, died on September 16, 2013, at Salem Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Francis J. and Harriet (Varley) Hayes. Raised and educated in Salem, he graduated from Salem High School in 1939.

An honorably discharged veteran, Bob served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Aboard the U.S.S. Essex aircraft carrier, he performed ceremonial music and entertained his shipmates daily.

For 40 years, Bob was as a buyer for General Electric. After his retirement in 1985, he and his beloved wife, Mary, enjoyed over 25 cruises throughout the world.

He was a longtime, dedicated communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, in Salem. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Valloid Council #76. Bob was a member of the Musicians Union of the North Shore, Local 126, and was known for his passion and dedication to live music. He was a longtime resident of Salem Willows. This past June, the bandstand was named in his honor. His life centered around his love of family, music and faith.

In addition to his loving wife of 65 years, Robert is survived by his sons, Dennis P. Hayes and his wife, Karen McCann of Farmington, Maine, David P. Hayes and his wife, Kathleen (Tivnan) of Peabody, and Daniel P. Hayes and his wife, Ellen Hayes of Concord, N.H.; his grandchildren, Patrick, Jonathan and Kate, Sarah, Kevin and Michaela Hayes; and brother, Donald Hayes and his wife, Gloria, of Salem. He was also the brother of the late Ruth McInnis, and Kenneth and Gordon Hayes.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, at Salem Common, Salem, on Friday September 20, at 9:15 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are on Thursday, September 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Robert’s name to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit