C. Hayes

C. Edward Hayes

Sunday, April 15th, 1934 - Friday, January 10th, 2020
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C. Edward Hayes died January 10th at NYU Langone Medical Center. The son of Charles Hayes and Frances (Long) Hayes, he was born on April 15th, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pa. He attended pubic schools in Landsdowne, Pa. Winning a full scholarship, Ed attended Lowell Technical Institute in Lowell Mass. (now, UMass-Lowell). He graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering.
During his four years at Lowell Tech, Ed also trained with the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). He graduated from college in 1955 as a lieutenant in the Air Force. For two years after college, Ed worked as a textile sales rep for Spring Mills in Boston, Ma. In 1957, he reported to duty at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He served there as a personnel officer for two years. After he returned to civilian life, ED remained as a reservist until 1968, when he received an honorable discharged as a Captain.
Upon leaving McGuire Air Force Base, Ed established residence in New York City, where he would live for thirty years. He resumed his career in textiles, which spanned more than forty years. Early on, he realized he had a gift for numbers. He parlayed this talent into a specialty as a market researcher. One of his proudest accomplishments was a large -scale study on the tire industry, which he undertook for Monsanto. In the sixties, he also worked for smaller consulting companies and performed studies on various aspects of the textile industry. In 1971, the West Point Pepperell Textile Company hired Ed as a product developer. In this capacity he travelled throughout the southern United States, Europe and Asia. He particularly enjoyed developing and supervising the manufacturing of industrial textiles.
Ed left West Point Pepperell in 1981. He started his own consulting company, Textile Market Research.
One of his most active clients was Werner International. The company dispatched Ed to Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand where he advised managers and factory owners about potential markets for their products. Even after retirement, Ed spent many hours a day tracking the world- wide textile market. He produced an annual report, which was published in the international trade publication, Textile Technology.

For many years, Ed was an avid hiker and runner. He scaled high peaks in the Sierra mountains, the Rockies and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While living in New York, he regularly ran six to ten miles. In Poughkeepsie, he continued a less vigorous running schedule, which he complimented by
“walking everywhere”.

Ed loved music, in particular, classical and opera. As he neared retirement, he decided to study piano. Unfortunately, he developed severe arthritis in his hands and had to abandon his musical pursuit. On the advice of his wife, he joined the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. He found that his deep bass speaking voice was well suited to singing. He settled into the bass section of the choir, where he sang until the week before he passed away. Ed also sang with the Golden Age Singers. As one of several basses, he performed with GAS in nursing homes, senior residences and other adult venues throughout the Hudson Valley. His last performance with the singers was at the Lutheran Church Lunch n Listen concert two days before his death.

Ed and Anne Lancellotti, his partner and wife of forty years, moved to Dutchess County in 1984. Anne survives him in Poughkeepsie. He is also survived by a daughter from his first marriage, Francesca Hayes of Flagstaff, Arizona, two step-daughters, Maureen Bryant of Helena Montana and Denise Johnston of Phoenix, Arizona . He is also survived by his brother, William Hayes (Judy) of Falmouth, Maine, and many, nephews, nieces, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ed’s life will be celebrated at a musical memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, in OCTOBER. FIND THE DATE & TIME AT WWW.UUPOK.Org

Donations can be sent to the Helen Baldwin Singers of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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