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William H. Hays II, 73, Member of First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton

Bill Hayes was proud of his Scottish heritage.

William H. (Bill) Hays II, 73, died Dec. 21, 2013. Credit: www.legacy.com
William H. (Bill) Hays II, 73, died Dec. 21, 2013. Credit: www.legacy.com
The following obituary was taken from www.legacy.com

William H. "Bill" Hays II passed away on Dec. 21, 2013, at age 73. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marcia (Madsen) Hays.

He was the son of William H. Hays and Margaret (Tefft) Hays, born Nov. 14, 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Stonington High School in 1958, attended the University of Connecticut, the apprenticeship program at Electric Boat for outside machinists, and Boston School of Photography.

Following his love of photography, he left Electric Boat to go into the printing/photography business, and finally, into commercial photography. He taught Basic Photography and Dark Room techniques in area night schools.

He attended the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton and had been a trustee of the Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church.

He was the leader of Troop 17 at the Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church. He served on the Camp Master Corps at Yawgoog and as District Camping Chair. Bill was the leader of an Outdoor Explorer Post. He was the first to receive both the Spurgeon Award for volunteers in exploring and the Silver Beaver for volunteers in Boy Scouting. He was in Scouting for over 50 years.

He enjoyed the New England Patriots and was an avid, lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Bill was instrumental in organizing the Whalers Chapter in North American Family Campers, the Swamp Yankee Sams in the Good Sams Camping Club, and the South Coast Wireless Society Amateur Radio Club. His call sign was KA1ZZR. He was a member of Tri City amateur Radio Club, the American Radio Relay League, and also of Trout Unlimited. He was an avid fly fisherman, tying many of his own flies. He served on various committees connected with the Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival from its inception. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, the American Diabetes Association or to the Westerly Boy Scouts.

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