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Bro. Vincent Hayes Passes

posted Feb 28, 2015, 2:20 PM by Seattle Alphas   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 8:58 AM ]
Zeta Pi Lambda mourns the loss of our Brother and dear friend, Vincent Hayes. 

Vincent Allen Hayes, born September 5, 1940 passed away on Friday, February 20th. He died peacefully surrounded by his family. Vince is survived by his wife Jane Andrew, his children, David Hayes (Laura Scott), Robin Stark, Michael Hayes (Marlo) and Jessica Stella (Geoff) , his step daughters Rebecca Zanatta (Ben) and Amanda Smith (Adam.) and his grandchildren Rion, Cameron, Hailey, Dallas, Marcus and Tai. He leaves behind his brother Paul (Debra). Vincent also leaves behind countless friends and colleagues throughout the country. He is preceded in death by his Mother, Bertha Hayes , his Father, Daniel Hayes, his brother Danny Hayes Jr and Ruby Robinson; his first wife and mother of David, Robin and Michael.

Vincent was born in Tacoma Washington and spent his early years in Vancouver Canada and Seattle Washington. He was raised and cared for by Bertha and Daniel Hayes in the Seattle area where he attended Garfield High School and graduated from Renton High School. Vince attended Centralia Community College, the University of Oregon and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Pacific University.  He went on to complete a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.

Vince worked for the Social Security Administration for 22 years and this job took him to many cities throughout the United States. Once he had retired from the Social Security Administration he decided to come home to Seattle to be closer to his family and friends. Most recently he worked at Seattle Vocational Institute as a counselor and also taught Psychology to students entering the world of nursing and medical assistance. He supervised interns from the University of Washington as they completed their degrees.

Vincent’s greatest wish upon returning to Seattle was to give back to the community he grew up in most importantly the young African American male youth. He was a member of and served on the Board of Directors for Southwest Senior Center, Central Area Senior Center, Friends of Youth, and Pacific University. He was a member of The Breakfast Group of Seattle. This organization empowers African-American professional men in Seattle who value a consistent, competent, and reliable presence in the lives of the youth they serve.

Vincent loved exploring, learning and expanding his knowledge of his family history and African American history, culture and people. Vince enjoyed traveling with his wife Jane to Vancouver and Victoria Canada where he spent time with his mother as a child. His lifetime passion was playing basketball. He played at Centralia College, University of Oregon, and Pacific University. He was recently honored by being inducted into the Centralia College Hall of Fame.

His family will forever remember him as a great thinker and observer. He would listen and observe before carefully formulating and sharing his opinions and thoughts – which were always helpful to all.

A service to honor his life will be held on Friday, March 6th at 11:00 am at First A.M.E. Church at 1522 14th Avenue, in Seattle WA.  A repast to celebrate his life will be held immediately after the service at the Royal Esquire Club at 5016 Rainier Avenue South in Seattle WA. Instead of flowers the family request that donations be made to Friends of Youth (www.friendsofyouth.org.) and The Breakfast Group (www.thebreakfastgroup.org)