OBITUARY: Bob Hayden

March 27, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

Our family is heartbroken to announce that we lost one of the greatest loves of our lives. Bob Hayden loved his family and his many friends, the Navy, his loyal Sigma Chi brothers, his two dogs that always wanted to be by his side – Boomer and Bentley. As Navy lore has it, when we have completed our world duties, we receive our final orders to go to sea, and are assigned to eternal patrol.
Bob is survived by Nancy Graham Hayden, his devoted wife of 37 years, and five loving children; Amy Hayden Modaff (Hayden, Patrick, Maria, and Dewey); David S. Hayden and his wife, Kari (David, Kate, and Nicholas); Christina Hayden Tubbs and her husband, Tommy (Emily and Elizabeth); Jennifer Hayden Morreale and her husband, Michael (Tanner and Isabella); Brian T. Fisher and his wife, Ivannia (Julia); and Felix Manuel, his dedicated and caring companion the last two plus years.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert W. Hayden, Jr.
Bob was a graduate of Miami University and upon graduation was a Commissioned Ensign, 1960. He was assigned to the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet (USS Uhlmann). Bob remained close to many of his shipmates and years later organized reunions with them that met yearly in various locations throughout the country.
All of his children played soccer which he became very involved in, traveling across the United States, Canada, and even took one team to Germany to compete. He mentored several of the kids that played on the teams and they have remained very close to him over the years.
Bob was vice president and director of The Midland Company until his retirement.
His civic activities included: Serving on the Bethesda Inc. and Bethesda Hospitals Board; serving as chairman of the Capital Fund Campaign for Hospice of Cincinnati Navy League of the United States, Cincinnati Council, Sigma Chi Foundation Board of Governors; vice chairman of the Alpha Chapter House Assoc. of Sigma Chi Fraternity; receiving the Admiral Souers Award from Miami University NROTC Unit; manager and coach of several youth sports programs; serving on the Salvation Army Board and other Charitable organizations; serving the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation; serving as a trustee of the Telluride Foundation; and serving as commodore of the Boca Grande Yacht Club for two years.
Clubs and organizations that Bob was part of included the Queen City Club, the Boca Grande Club, Useppa Island Club, Boca Grande Pass Yacht Club, as Past Commodore of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Naples Yacht Club, Lemon Bay Golf Club, Telluride Golf and Ski Club, The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club and the Walloon Lake Country Club.
Donations can be made to The Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation, P. O. Box 2340, Boca Grande, FL 33921, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516; or Hope Healthcare Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.