William "Bill"'s Story
BEVERLY, MA - William P. "Bill" Hayes, 80, high school English teacher and basketball coach, of 33 Sonning Road, Beverly, Mass., passed away on Wednesday, March 7, at his home, surrounded by his loving wife, Cynthia, and his family and friends.
Bill was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. He was a proud 1955 graduate of Regis High School, a prestigious Jesuit examination high school in Manhattan, where he was a star basketball player. He went on to St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
After graduation, Bill took his first teaching job in New Jersey at Bordentown Regional High School, where he taught English and served as head basketball coach. After five years at Bordentown, he moved on to Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, New Jersey, where he once again taught English and was head basketball coach. During this time Bill earned his graduate degree from the City College of New York.
Bill's years at Pascack were some of his most memorable. He was named New York Daily News Coach of the Year for turning around a dormant basketball program into a league-title winner. Many of the players and fellow coaches of his teams became his lifelong friends.
After Pascack, Bill and his family moved to Beverly, Mass., where he taught English and coached basketball at Beverly High School. After a few years there, he became an English teacher and head basketball coach at Belmont High School.
Upon retiring from teaching, Bill continued in the restaurant business, where he had worked summers while teaching. He spent many years running the Landing Restaurant in Marblehead, Mass., and Hampshire House in Boston, the setting of the 1980s-1990s TV show "Cheers."
Bill loved sports, especially basketball. He had fond memories of learning the game as many others had done in 1950s New York City, playing three-on-three on the hard courts of Rockaway Beach. He was also a well-respected football official, serving as a referee for many years at both the high school and college levels. He was referee in perhaps the most significant game in the history of the Northeastern Conference, the 1974 clash between undefeated Gloucester and Salem.
Bill loved to read and was a World War II buff having read almost every book on the subject. His retirement years were spent traveling with Cindy especially to the islands of the Caribbean. Bill also continued teaching English part-time at Middlesex Community College. He also cherished spending time passing on his love of reading and writing to his grandkids.
Bill is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cynthia; his three grown sons, Bill, Tim and Tom; four grandchildren; and two sisters.
Bill requested any condolences or gifts celebrating his life be made to the REACH Program.
REACH is an educational and leadership program that prepares students to earn scholarships to Regis, as well as other leading Catholic high schools in New York City. Regis High School, ATTN: Development Office, 55 E 84th St.,
New York, NY 10028, regis.org/GiveToREACH. In keeping with Bill's wishes, a celebration of his life is being planned for a later date.
Published on March 13, 2018