John F. “Jack” Hayward, 88, of Ashville passed away Thursday (March 31, 2022) in his home.
He was born May 13, 1933 in Emporium, PA, the son of the late John B. and Geraldine Hemphill Hayward. In his early years his family moved to Chautauqua and owned and operated Hayward’s Emporium also known as Lighthouse Point.
Jack was a 1952 graduate of Chautauqua High School and attended Oswego State College.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. Early in his career Jack was employed by Jamestown Design, Automatic Voting Machine, Falconer Metal and Sylvania. Prior to retirement he was employed by Cummins, Inc. as a Tool and Die Maker from 1977 to 1998.
Jack was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Some of his hobbies included bowling, watching hockey, fishing (in particular, his yearly trip to Canada) and riding his John Deere lawn tractor. He always had his road atlas ready to map out your next adventure. He enjoyed going to breakfast and swapping stories with friends. Jack was a great conversationalist. He enjoyed the Canteen meetings at the Fenton History Center and a highlight in 2018 was attending Honor Flight #2 with the Vets Finding Vets organization.
Surviving is his wife Shirley M. Harriger Hayward whom he married June 23, 1956 in Ashville, NY; two sons: Alan J. Hayward of Ashville, Douglas (Eloisa) Hayward of Illinois; two daughters: Julie Garvey of Ashville, Janine (Matthew) Johns of Washington, PA and five grandchildren: Chelsea Johns, Dylan Johns, Aaron Garvey, Tamara Hayward and Diego Lopez.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother William B. Hayward.
Visitation will not be observed. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ashville.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be directed to the Fenton History Center in Jamestown, NY.
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