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Hayward, Paul

Paul Hayward, a resident of Dedham for 57 years, died Monday, March 14th, 2011 at the West Roxbury VA Hospital in Boston after a short illness.  He was 87.  Paul was born November 30, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the six children of Henry and Catherine (Casey) Hayward. He served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 as s seaman first class on the USS Colahan (DD658).  Paul was a retired engineer with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, and a former commander of the Dedham Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He was a well known figure in the Town of Dedham and a long time elected Town of Dedham public official with the planning board.  He was a jovial participant in town meetings for over 40 years where he was a staunch advocate of people before buildings.  Paul greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and avidly followed their academic and sporting pursuits.  He was also a lifelong parishioner of St. Anne’s Parish in Readville, MA.  Paul is survived by his wife, Virginia M. (Donahue) Hayward; his son, Mark Hayward, and his wife Laura, of Glendale, Rhode Island; his siblings, David Hayward and Catherine Hayward; and his grandchildren, Vaughn, Garrett, and Nolan Hayward, and Ashley Gorham.  He was the brother of the late Henry and William Hayward , and Molly Herlihy.  Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home Friday at 9 AM and proceed to St. Anne’s Church, 82 West Milton Street, Readville for his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o clock.  Burial with military honors will follow in Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Michael Rabbitt
    March 16th, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Dear Ginny,

    My sincerest condolences to you and all the extended family.


    May the roads rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields,
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    Michael and Janet Rabbitt

  2. The Martin Family
    March 16th, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jay,Erin, JJ and Conor

  3. Jane McCaffrey
    March 17th, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    Dear Virginia,

    Our thoughts are with you and Ashley.


    Jane, Tim, Caitlin and Spencer McCaffrey

  4. george whitney`
    August 20th, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    We were long time shipmates. We both had our battlestations on the #2 stack. I was a signalman and we met a number of times in Charlestown for get togethers. He was one of the best, and he had a wonderful wife Virginia. Love to you all. George

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