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“Pat,Carol, Jeanne,Denise,We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Babe. He was such a kind, caring, gentle and loving man. So many wonderful...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Gina Farrell

“To Jeannie, Jimmy, Carol, John, Denise, Mark, wife Patricia and the rest of your family. What a wonderful tribute to your fathers life. Such great...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Brenda Mayers Walsh - Beverly, MA

“My condolences go out to Jeanie , carol , John , and all of his family and friends . This was a beautiful tribute of pictures that you shared . What...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Sara Iacono - Bedford, MA

“Babe was a great person and a good neighbor,he will be missed by us all for sure.my heart goes out to all his family.semper fi may he rest in peace ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: paul sheehan - naples, FL

“Jeanne & Carol, So sorry we lost our Dad. We were so lucky to have such a great Man as our Dad ❤The unconditional love, support, kindness he...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Denise Fitzgerald - Naples, FL

“pat and babe were a great couple, glad their lives togetherwere so fulfilling...I am sure many friends will be missing him daily ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: veronica brown - billerica, MA

“To your entire family, Your family was the greatest neighbors that anyone could ever have, Babe was the epitome of a gentleman and every member of...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Paul Herbert - Malden, MA

“RIP Babe, condolences to Carol and the entire Hayes family. - Paul & Chris DiPietro ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Carol, our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Babe was such a nice person a d that's a great legacy to leave.Prayers and sympathies.Love,...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Burch and Carol Sasso - Methuen, MA

“To all of Babe's beautiful family, we are truly sorry for your loss. God bless you all xx ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Stephen & Peg Hayes - Carver, MA

“Dear Pat, Carol , Denise and Jeanne ,Babes struggle is over . May he Rest In Peace with Billy . His legacy of his family lives on . With love and...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Ginny MacDonald - Worcester, MA

“Our condolences to Pat and all of Babe's family.Semper fidelis,Butch & Jean McLeanThe Pars...Naples Fl. ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“I have fond memories of sitting in the circle at Towne Estates in Melrose with Babe, Pat, Mary and my husband and I. Babe loved to talk about the...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy and Chuck Childress - MA

“So sorry for your loss, Babe was such great guy.My mother and father loved him.I used to like watching him take all the kids out fishing on Creasant...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Bob ONeil - Burlington, MA

“I met Babe when I started Dating Carol in 1977. In 43 years of knowing Babe and being his son-in-law I have never met a kinder man. He was a...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: John O'Brien - Malden, MA

“I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Hayes passing. So many wonderful memories of him. He always had a smile and was the best neighbor I could hope for. It...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: DAWNA KORETSKY SHARPE - FL

“Sincere sympathy to Jeanne Jimmy and all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Rest in Peace. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Bernadette McNally - Stoneham, MA

“Words are inadequate to express our feelings and live of Babe. He was our role model: a loving husband and father, a devoted grandfather, a true...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy and Mark Gilbert

“Babe was a classy gentleman and a good man. Always pleasant to be around. Family meant everything to him and he was the ultimate role model.Steve...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Steve O'Neil - Falmouth, MA

“I Knew Babe when I was growing up. He was a Super Guy and was friends w alot of People. God Love Him. Rest in Peace ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: John Connelly - Tewksbury, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Harold J. "Babe" Hayes died at the VA Hospital in Bedford on April 22, 2020 at the age of 85, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, with family by his side. Babe was born in Charlestown on July 2, 1934 to the late Harold & Mary (Noonan) Hayes. He was raised in Charlestown and graduated from Don Bosco High School, Class of 1952.

After he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corp and served his country with pride as a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict from 1952 – 1955. Babe worked for the M.B.T.A. for 30 years, a member of Machinist Local 264. Babe raised his family in Malden and resided in Melrose when he retired.

Babe's generosity of spirit left a mark on all of those whose paths he crossed. His selfless devotion to his children and grandchildren (and their friends) was limitless. He gave those he loved the gift of his time and attention. His neighbors will recall him as the guy who would snow-blow his driveway and then take care of the rest of the block as well. Babe never expected anything in return for his generosity or kindness. He simply did what he felt were the right things to do. Even toward the end of his life, when Alzheimer's had taken from him his ability to recall those that loved him most, he remained a considerate, polite, and thankful patient to his caregivers at the Bedford Veteran's Hospital This is the legacy of a good man.

Babe loved spending summers in Wolfeboro, NH with his family. He also enjoyed some winters in Naples Florida. Fishing was one of his passions and he spent countless hours on Crescent Lake sharing that love with his children & grandchildren.

Harold was the beloved husband of ... READ MORE →