In memory of
Thomas J. Hayden, 95, of Wilton Manors, died at home on July 22, 2019 with his sons by his side. Born in 1923 in Windham, NY he was truly part of "America's Greatest Generation". He grew up on the family farm and enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. Tom was the high school valedictorian and attended Cornell University. He proudly served as a WWII tank commander in France and Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart with 2 clusters, Bronze Star and Silver Star. After the war he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees and began his career in Education. He started as a teacher and worked his way up to Superintendent of Schools for several New York school districts, including Ellenville and Holland Patent. Tom's love of family was the most important part of his life. He and his wife Margaret believed the family that played together stayed together. Many happy hours were spent playing every sport imaginable along with the most popular board and card games. The last 12 years of his life were spent living with his sons Joe and Mike. One of his favorite activities was heading for the Beach near the Aruba Restaurant. He waved, smiled and said hello to everyone in his path. As a result he made countless friends from all over the world. Thomas was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his son Stephen. He is survived by his sons Jim and his wife Jackie, Mike, Joe and daughter-in-law Janice (Steve's Widow). He had five grandchildren, Mike and his wife Lori, Matt, Ben, Shannon, Katie and her husband Rob. He had two great-grandchildren, Juliet and Elsa. He was also predeceased by his brother Joe and his wife Beulah and was a loving uncle to their children Sharon, Tom, Mark, Kevin, Matthew, Margaret and Barbara.
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