Kenneth A. Hayes, 84, of North Providence, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Ruth (Gregory) Hayes for 63 years. Born in Malden, MA, he was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Tirrell) Hayes.
Ken enjoyed his work as a photoengraver. Following a six year apprenticeship, he worked for Providence Gravure (Providence Journal) for over 20 years before retiring to Bedford, New Hampshire. Not one to sit around, he stayed active by traveling, volunteering for political campaigns, and getting part-time work at the local airport.
Ruth and Ken began their family in Warwick, RI, and eventually built a house in Burrillville, where they resided for 27 years and raised five children. It was here that Ken developed his passion for gardening. As a father, he enjoyed being involved in all of the family’s activities. He could often be found playing basketball and wiffle ball outside with his youngsters. The family activities were not just limited to team sports. An avid angler, Ken saw to it that all of his children learned how to fish. In addition, he taught them to enjoy the fun of dirt biking. As his children learned to play various instruments, Ken would happily dust off his trumpet and play along with them.
Involved in his community, Ken enjoyed active membership in the North Providence Mancini Center and the Masonic Friendship Lodge #7 in Chepachet.
Ken was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five children: Teresa Plante; Glenn Hayes and his wife Pam; James Hayes, Kevin Hayes; Derek Hayes and his wife Aimee; his sister Elaine Furrier; eight grandchildren: Tara, Kristopher, Alexandra, Alexis, Brandon, Husker, Michael and Kolby; and two great-grandchildren: Emery and Luca. He was the uncle to many nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his brother Richard Hayes of New Hampshire.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Maceroni Funeral Home, 1381 Smith St., North Providence, with a Prayer Service to follow at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence, RI 02911.