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Charles L. Hayward

Chelsea, Vt. — Charles L. Hayward, 91 died on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the Rowan Court Health & Rehabilitation Center in Barre, Vt.

He was born on May 6, 1922, in Chelsea, the son of Harry and Evelyn (Sprague) Hayward. He attended school at the West Hill one-room schoolhouse and in 1940 graduated from Chelsea High School. After high school, he enrolled in the Vermont School of Agriculture in Randolph Center, Vt. and graduated in 1943. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Charles worked on his family’s dairy farm and part time at Emslie’s Florist in Barre. After selling the cows in 1967, Charles worked full time at Emslie’s Florist before retiring in the 1980s. Charles remained active in his retirement, he worked for Wayne Hook of Chelsea and rebuilt his house. On Nov. 3, 1991, he married Suzanne Whitney of Chelsea in the West Hill Methodist Church. They spent many years at his family’s homestead. Suzanne died on June 11, 2007.

He was a member of the West Hill Methodist Church, the Coburn-Eastman V.F.W. Post #8451 and the American Legion Post #61 all of Chelsea. Charles enjoyed woodworking, rebuilding John Deere tractors, taking long walks, reading (especially history) and vegetable gardening. Some people will remember him as the man that washed the dishes at the West Hill Church’s annual Chicken Pie Supper.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Robert “Punk” Eastman and his wife, Frances, Andrew Hayward, Jean Barnaby and her husband, Steve, and Alice Doyle and her husband, Andy all of Chelsea; June Danforth and her husband, Ron of Corinth, Vt. and Donald Eastman and his wife, Linda of LaCrosse, Va.; and several great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Suzanne and his brother, Merrill Hayward.

There will be no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the West Hill Methodist Church in Chelsea on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Shirley Nolan officiating. The burial will follow at the West Hill Cemetery in Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to either: West Hill Methodist Church, c/o Steven Barnaby, Treas., 12 Hayward Crossroad, Chelsea, VT 05038 or Coburb-Eastman V.F.W. Post #8451 c/o George Goodrich, 135 Corinth Rd., Chelsea, VT 05038.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.