Henry S. Hayward

Hayward, Henry S., 93 of Tryon Avenue, Rumford, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Saturday, October 17, 2020 twelve days shy of his 94th birthday. He was the beloved husband of 73 years of the love of his life, Mary (Dourado) Hayward.

He was born in East Providence and lived there his entire life. He was the son of the late Marion (Dawes) Hayward.

Henry was a WWII Veteran serving in the United States Navy. He loved and respected the military, and you would often see him wearing his US Navy hat with pride.

Henry was all about the love and caring of his family. He truly believed that family was the center of all and enjoyed every opportunity to be with and talk with them.

He leaves two daughters, Joan Rutan and her husband John of Denton, Texas; Sheila Dyer and her husband Donald of Rehoboth; and a son (former East Providence Mayor) Mark S. Hayward and his wife Nancy of Seekonk. Four grandchildren, Julie James and her husband Jed of Dighton, Patrick Hayward and his wife Stephanie of Cumberland and Kelsey and her partner Angelica of Seekonk and Megan Hayward of Seekonk. He also leaves three great-grandchildren Ryan, Olivia, and John Patrick.

He worked for 45 years at the Narragansett Electric Company until his retirement in 1993. Most of his service coming at Narragansetts’ South Street Station.

He was a communicant of St. Margaret’s Church in Rumford. All services and arrangements for Henry will be private. Burial will be at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery in East Providence.

Contributions in his name would be greatly appreciated to “Border to Border for Megan & Friends” P.O Box 15162, East Providence, Rhode Island 02915, a private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children with cancer and their families.


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Mary Whitaker from Greenacres, Fl wrote on November 11, 2020 at 8:46 pm
Joan, Sheila, Mark and family so sorry to hear of your loss. Very fond memories of your father from Sutton Ave.
William and Elaine Drapeau from East Providence wrote on October 25, 2020 at 11:05 am
To Mark and the Hayward family, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Henry was a very special person, dedicated to his family and friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May the good Lord bring each of you comfort during this difficult time.
Bill Pennoyer from East Greenwich wrote on October 24, 2020 at 5:26 pm
Dear Mark: This is to express my deep sadness at learning of the loss of your father. Whenever circumstance brought me to a certain stretch of Broadway in East Providence, my thoughts always turned to warm memories of the cheerful hospitality that your parents always displayed during my visits. Do convey my condolences to your mother and to your entire family. Bill
George Glover from Coventry wrote on October 24, 2020 at 7:45 am
Joan, Sheila, and Mark, I'm sorry to learn of your father's passing. My condolences to each of your families. You dad was a good man. In fact, I remember your grandmother Marion who belonged to our Rebekah Lodge. God Bless, George Glover.
Phyllis J. Ryan from Warwick wrote on October 23, 2020 at 5:37 pm
RIP Henry and Mary were the happiest married couple I have ever encountered in my 77 years. By far you, Henry, were the finest gentleman I had the pleasure of sharing the happiest of times with. Our lives were brought together through Narragansett Electric and Ed Ryan. God Bless all the family who share the loss of Henry....he will be missed forever.
Marie Sharpe Waldeck from Clearwater, Florida wrote on October 22, 2020 at 6:24 pm
Joan and Family - So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My fondest memories are of the trips your mom and dad took with my mom and dad and hearing of their adventures. They were truly best friends. You and your family are lucky to have had him for so long. He really did love you all.....condolences .
Judith Addy from Hopkinton wrote on October 22, 2020 at 4:58 pm
I only meant to say the world lost a great man husband and father. Please correct
Judith Addy from Hopkinton wrote on October 22, 2020 at 4:49 pm
Joan my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Henry was a loving person who worked with my uncle Bob at Narragansett Electric. He and your mom always welcomed my family into their home. I will always remember their kindness to me. My heart goes out to your mom and family at this time. This world lost a great husband, wife and family. Henry, may you rest in peace.
Tommy King from Cranston wrote on October 22, 2020 at 11:48 am
Joan , so sorry to hear about Henry. It brought back many memorys of working for him at South Street station and of working with you before you moved to Texas. My deep condolences to you and your family
Carmina moretti from Rumford wrote on October 22, 2020 at 10:01 am
Mary, so sorry for your loss , reading the obituary I remembering all the great times we had together. Henry was a great man, father, and grandfather and I’m sure you will have fond memories of your wonderful life together. Please give my condolences to Mark a person I consider a great friend for many years.May God bless you and your family thru this hard time . If I can be of any help please contact me.
Sharkey Mathieu from Tiverton wrote on October 21, 2020 at 7:48 pm
Joan and Family So sorry for your Dad's loss. My Prayers and Thoughts goes out to Family and Friends. It was a pleasure to know and work with him. And fixing his vehicles at the time. My Condolences Sharkey Mathieu
Robin Provonsil from Melbourne wrote on October 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm
We are so very sorry for your family's loss. Please accept our sympathies.
Barbara L Gaulien from Warwick, RI wrote on October 21, 2020 at 11:08 am
Mark and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paul Tavares from Warwick wrote on October 21, 2020 at 9:34 am
I extend my deepest sympathy to the entire family. May God comfort you.
Diane Sturgeon from Searsmont wrote on October 21, 2020 at 7:23 am
Mark, My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. I'm so truly sorry for your loss.
Oreste Varela from East Longmeadow wrote on October 21, 2020 at 7:10 am
Dear Mark & Family, so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. My Prayers and Condolences to you and your Family. Sincerely, Oreste
Edward Gromada from JAMESTOWN wrote on October 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm
I was saddened to hear that your father passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Linda Woulfe from Foster wrote on October 20, 2020 at 4:44 pm
Mark, I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. No matter the age or whether it is expected or not, it is always a loss that leaves an empty place in your life. Cherish the memories as those never die. Sincerely, Linda
Josh Daly from South Kingstown wrote on October 20, 2020 at 4:14 pm
Mark and Family, I want to offer my condolences to you all. May his memory be a blessing and may he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Diane Fournaris from South Kingstown wrote on October 20, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Mark and Family, So sorry to hear of your father's passing...we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Diane