John ‘Jack’ Francis Hayes, 81

John "Jack" Francis Hayes of Cedarburg passed away on Feb. 4, 2010, at the age of 81.

He leaves behind Rose, his wife of 52 years, his five children, Liz (Scott), John (Jeanie), Jim (Kathy), Jerry (Trish) and Matt (Brooke); and nine grandchildren, Kristin, Matt, Alex, Michael, Anna, Will, Henry, Miriam and Zeke.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry, mother, Mary, and sister, Betty.

Jack was born in Chicago and he graduated from St. George’s High School in Evanston, Ill., in 1946 and immediately joined the Army. He was in the service until 1948, most of that time spent in Europe.

Jack worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad as a conductor and brakeman for 40 years and was a member of the United Transportation Workers Union for over 50 years.

Jack was known as a hard-worker with a laid-back personality, a unique sense of humor and is remembered for his devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life including traveling, reading and taking long walks. Jack’s kindness and good humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Jack’s family would like to thank the Harrison House assisted living facility in Cedarburg and Vitas Hospice for the wonderful care he received over the past three years and during his final days.

Jack was interred at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. A service to celebrate Jack’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at First Alliance Church, W156 N10041 Pilgrim Road in Germantown. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. and the service at noon.