Harry Joseph Hayes, a resident of Bourne for many years, died April 17 at Royal of Cotuit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Mashpee. He was 91.
He was born in Brighton, the son of Anna (Sullivan) and Harry J. Hayes Sr.
Mr. Hayes left high school at the age of 17 to enlist in the US Navy, Naval Air Corps, and was stationed at NAS Pensacola, Florida, from 1944 to 1946, serving during World War II.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where he obtained his high school diploma. He furthered his education at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, Connecticut, and went on to receive an AB degree at Boston University in 1952.
Mr. Hayes was in the insurance field for many years, working for several companies; the final part of his career he spent with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Insurance Fraudulent Claims Bureau as a senior claims examiner.
After his retirement, Mr. Hayes enjoyed fishing and boating and watching sports events.
He leaves four children, Scott Hayes of Maui, Hawaii, Lynn Tripp of Sandwich, Mark Hayes of Bourne and Brooke McCarthy and her husband, Kevin McCarthy, of East Falmouth; a sister, Evelyn Hayes of Yarmouthport; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a niece.
He was predeceased by his former wife, Lorraine E. (Bean) Hayes Wilkins; two sisters, Anne Connor and Theresa Mason; a brother, John Hayes; and a nephew.
A funeral Mass was said on Tuesday, April 30, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Pocasset.
Interment was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.