James Hayes, Sr.

Obituary of James J. Hayes, Sr.

On Saturday, February 22, Jim passed, peacefully, into the arms of his eternal family. Jim was the son of the late Gerald and Mary (Lanzo) Hayes, and the husband of Linda (Kazmierczak) Hayes, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life for over 54 years.

Jim (Jimmy "The Hammer") was born in Scranton where he attended St Frances Cabrini Elementary School and West Side High School where he proudly played football with the Invaders. Many of his high school friends continued to be a huge part of his life and were with him through his final days. The family would like to thank Ray, Vince, Tommy, John, and Jack, as well as cousins Jimmy and Cindy, for their tireless support during these times.

During his youth, Jim was an avid handball player. His strong, powerful fists earned him the nickname "Hammer". Those who knew him then, still refer to him as Hammer. He was also a grateful member of Friends of Bill W. for the past 8 years. Special thanks to his friends Tom, Judy, and Carol, who spent extra time with him during his illness, and the many who positively impacted his recovery journey.

Jim was a life-long member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 524. He retired as Vice President of Construction from A. J. Demor & Sons, Inc. in 2010 and lived a quiet retirement on the little piece of paradise he and Linda created, with their family, in Clifford, PA. In Clifford, Jim and Linda got to realize their dreams of being farmers and cowboys. Jim embraced, and was embraced by, his new hometown community, serving as a volunteer fireman and volunteering at the Clifford Firemen's Picnic for many years.

Jim was a hard-working, fun-loving man who wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by his family around the Sunday dinner table. He instilled the importance of having a strong work ethic and self-reliance in all his children. He was quick-witted and hilarious, especially when any of "The Club" members were around.

Jim is survived by his daughter Mary Lynn, husband Willard Wheeler, and children Christian, Marc, Christa; his son James Joseph Jr., wife Carla (Mazzoni), children Jim and Matthew; his daughter Jennifer, husband Robert Housel, children Anna and Jacob; his sister Mary Ann (Hazie), husband John Kucz, children Daniel and Amanda; Bother-in-law Joe Fadden; niece Kim (Yarema) Kerekes and his beloved dog, Rocky.

Jim was preceded in death by his sister Geraldine Fadden, nephew Teddy Yerema, his uncle Louis Lanzo who was like a father to him, his aunt Julia Pollack who raised him after his mother passed away at a very young age, his life-long best friend Billy Jones, and his plumbing sidekick Jim Potash, as well as many other beloved aunts, uncles and friends with whom he is now reunited.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday February 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Pius X Church, 3615 State Route 106, Clifford Township, PA, celebrated by Rev. Michael Kirwin, pastor.

Viewing hours were held Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were made in Jim's name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702 or to the PAN Foundation, P.O. Box 2310, Mt. Clemens, MI 48046, specifically directed to prostate cancer patients.

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Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Shifler-Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services
18 Airport Road, P.O. Box 231
Clifford, Pennsylvania, United States
(570) 222-3100


10:00 am
Thursday, February 27, 2020
St. Pius X Church
3615 State Route 106
Clifford Township, Pennsylvania, United States
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