Thomas J. Hayes, Jr.

Thomas J. Hayes, Jr., age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Brackenville Center on April 22, 2019. Born in Memphis, TN, he was the son of the late Katherine (West) and Thomas J. Hayes, Sr. Tom graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with his associate’s degree. He worked as a corporate pilot for Atlantic Aviation and several other companies. He then worked in Flight Procedures for the Federal Aviation Administration. Thomas was a longtime member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Newark, DE.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Hayes; his daughters, Katherine Suiters of Melbourne, FL and Karen Thompson of Townsend, DE; his sons, Andrew Hayes of Kathleen, GA and T.J. Hayes of Flagstaff, AZ; 11 grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Mackay; and his brother, Cecil Hayes.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 Poplar St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by A W on
I am sorry for your loss. During this difficult time, look to God for strength and comfort. He knows what you need to heal. Psalms 147:3

Submitted by NR on
I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in “the God of all comfort” during this difficult time - 2 Corinthians 1:2-4;Psalm 83:18. And may God’s Word the Bible be a source of true comfort and peace in the days ahead - John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:3,4.

Submitted by Richard Gillis on
Dear Pat & Family: We were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Richard Gillis & Family Hyde Park