Posted by: californiablogging | December 29, 2007

My grandfather

WOODROW HAYESMELBOURNE BEACHWoodrow Wilson Hayes died peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2007. He was surrounded by his family and left knowing he was well loved. He is reunited with his wife of 57 years, Eugenia Hayes, who passed away December 15, 2005. Also known as Woody or Pop, he was a beloved hus band, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grand father, uncle, brother and friend. He is survived by many family members in California, New York and Florida. As a member of the Army and National Guard, he served proudly as a Military Guard to protect President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He received a favor able loyalty check for position of trust by the United States Se cret Service and also served as an investigator in black market activities in the Philippine Islands. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. During his 38 years with IBM, he worked in New York, Minne sota and at Cape Kennedy as a Project Manager during the Apollo missions. After retiring he and his wife traveled the world and enjoyed over 12 cruises; his favorite to Alaska. He was an active member of Our Saviour Catholic Church and built the cross that hangs above the altar. The stained glass panel of his likeness in the church is a comfort to us all. A Mass will be celebrated at Our Saviour Church with Father Eamon Tobin on Saturday, December 29th at 10:30 a.m. We rejoice for him, as he is welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Arrangements by South Brevard Funeral Home, 724-2222. Sign guestbook at



  1. Sorry for your loss, Jen.

  2. Safe passage to your grandfather wherever it is we go from here.

  3. Thanks, he was ready to go and he was a great man so it really was a celebration of his life and what we have because of him. His death was beautiful and the family drama was the tragedy.

  4. He sounds like an amazing man!!! You are absolutely right to celebrate his life. Your words have such strength. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  5. A great man indeed. Sorry for your loss, too.

  6. He was a great man and because of him, a favored family story, I learned to climb steps in Washington DC. I need to dig up a photo of that. Thanks everyone for the kind words.

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