Stephen Isom Hayes, 84, of Mashpee died September 4.
He was the husband of Laurie J. (Betz) Hayes. They were married in 1994 and his wife died August 14.
Sharing a love of antiques, the couple had founded Sow’s Ear Antiques and the Bay Auction Company.
The antiques shop as well as their living space was in a historic house, the oldest in Cotuit. He and his wife often took road trips to find the merchandise they would sell in Sow’s Ear; Brimfield Flea Market was a favorite destination.
The Hayeses operated the family-owned auction house in Buzzards Bay from 1995 to 2000.
Prior to becoming self-employed, Mr. Hayes was a dealer and appraiser with Eldred’s Auction House in East Dennis since the late 1980s.
Born in Bronxville, New York, he was the son of William C. Hayes Jr. and Mary E. Isom. His father served as curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. After his parents divorced, his mother married George H. Forsyth and the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Mr. Forsyth became chairman of the art history department at the University of Michigan. Both his father and stepfather were distinguished art historians and knew each other from summers spent on Cape Cod.
After his high school graduation Mr. Hayes was drafted into the US Army and served in Germany, where he gained an interest in vintage motorcycles. Music was another draw. He walked into a pawn shop in New York, bought himself a guitar and taught himself to play it and the banjo. He performed at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village among other clubs in New York during the 1960s. He and his brother shared a love for motorcycles and road trips together as well as sailing excursions.
After his military service, Mr. Hayes performed a variety of jobs including marine construction worker, sailing instructor at Outward Bound in Maine, skilled auto mechanic and oil truck driver. He married Barbara Wyluda in 1965, living on Cape Cod with the exception of a year spent in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Their daughter was born in 1975.
He leaves his daughter, Tomasina Hayes; four stepchildren, Shawn Bailey-Gates, Charlie Bailey-Gates, Laurie Bailey-Gates and Keegan Bailey-Gates; his stepsister and stepbrother, Blaikie Forsyth Worth and Allan Forsyth, both of New York City; a half-sister, Hope Forsyth Platt of Bethesda, Maryland; and other family.
In addition to his second wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, William C. Hayes III.
Memorial services will be announced at a future time.