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Robert (Bob) Hayes Jr. - A Life Celebrated
Born on January 4, 1941, in Tampa, Florida, Robert (Bob) Hayes Jr. graced the world with his presence, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the extraordinary legacy he leaves behind.
Bob's journey through life was nothing short of extraordinary. With a heart filled with compassion and a spirit brimming with kindness, he touched the lives of countless individuals, leaving behind a trail of cherished memories and a legacy of love. His infectious laughter, warm smile, and unwavering optimism brightened even the darkest of days, reminding us all of the beauty and magic that exists in the world.
As a devoted husband, Bob shared an extraordinary bond with his beloved wife, Dana Hayes. Their love story was one of resilience and unwavering commitment. Through the ups and downs of life, they stood by each other's side, facing challenges with unwavering strength and determination. Their love was a beacon of hope, inspiring all who witnessed it to believe in the power of true love and the beauty of a lifelong partnership. Bob and Dana's relationship was built on a foundation of trust, respect, and deep admiration for one another. They nurtured their connection through open communication, shared dreams, and a shared sense of adventure. Together, they created a home filled with love, laughter, and warmth, where their love for each other radiated and touched the lives of those around them.
Bob's role as a father was nothing short of exceptional. With boundless love and unwavering dedication, he embraced the joys and challenges of parenthood. He was a pillar of strength and guidance for his sons, Greg and Ben Hayes. Bob instilled in them the values of integrity, compassion, and perseverance, serving as a role model for them to follow. He encouraged their dreams, supported their endeavors, and celebrated their achievements with pride. Bob's unwavering belief in his sons' potential propelled them to achieve greatness, both personally and professionally. He was their biggest cheerleader, always there to offer a listening ear, wise advice, and unwavering support. The bond between Bob and his sons was unbreakable, built on a foundation of love, trust, and mutual respect. John, Greg's partner, and Ellie, Ben's wife, were welcomed into the family with open arms, and Bob embraced them as his own, extending his love and support to them as well.
As a grandfather, Bob's love knew no bounds. He cherished his grandchildren deeply, finding immense joy in their presence. Bob showered them with affection, wisdom, and unwavering support. He was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, celebrating their achievements, big and small, and nurturing their dreams. Bob's presence in their lives was a guiding light, teaching them the importance of family, love, and kindness. He created lasting memories with his grandchildren, whether it was sharing stories, playing games, or simply spending quality time together. Bob's love for his grandchildren was a testament to his nurturing spirit and his desire to see them thrive and succeed in life.
Bob also had a special bond with his siblings, Sylvia Allmon and Thomas Hayes. Despite the demands of life and distance between them, Bob always made sure to keep in touch with his sister and brother. Sylvia Allmon, Bob's sister, shared a close relationship with him. They were not only siblings but also the best of friends. Bob and Sylvia would spend countless hours talking on the phone, sharing stories, and offering support to one another. They had a deep understanding of each other and cherished the bond they shared. Tom Hayes, Bob's brother, was another significant person in Bob's life. They were not only brothers but also partners in countless adventures. They would embark on vacations together, exploring different parts of the country and cherishing the experiences they shared. Bob valued the time they spent together, creating memories that would last a lifetime.
Bob's love extended beyond his immediate family, touching the lives of friends, neighbors, and the community at large. His selflessness and unwavering commitment to serving others made him a pillar of strength and a source of inspiration. Bob's radiant personality and genuine kindness left an indelible impression on all who had the privilege of crossing his path.
In addition to his family, Bob's faith was a cornerstone of his life. He was a dedicated member of his church and served as a leader for the Keenagers group for 20 years. His commitment to his faith and his community was unwavering, and his leadership brought comfort and guidance to many. Bob's spiritual journey was a testament to his deep faith and his belief in the power of community. His dedication to his church and the Keenagers group was a reflection of his selfless spirit and his desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Bob's work ethic was unparalleled, and his dedication to his profession at Johns Manville was exemplary. His contributions were invaluable, and his commitment to excellence was recognized and admired by colleagues and superiors alike. Bob's retirement at the age of 47 was a testament to his foresight, financial planning, and the prudence with which he approached life.
In every aspect of his life, Bob embodied a spirit of frugality that was both admirable and inspiring. He found joy in the simple pleasures, cherishing every moment and making the most of every opportunity. Bob's thrifty nature was never about deprivation but rather about ensuring the security and well-being of his loved ones. His commitment to providing for his family in the best possible way was a testament to his unwavering love and devotion.
As we bid farewell to Bob, let us remember the invaluable lessons he taught us through his life. May his unwavering love, compassion, and resilience serve as a guiding light in our own lives. Let us cherish our loved ones, embrace the beauty of simplicity, and strive to make a positive impact on the world, just as Bob did.
In celebration of Bob's remarkable life, his family will receive friends at Westgate Chapel 2500 Wilford Dr. Toledo, Ohio, 43615 at 10:00 AM followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM.
May Bob's soul rest in eternal peace, knowing that his love and legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.