Eugene Hays, 79, of Linesville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Edinboro Manor.
Eugene is the second of eight children; he was born in Whitaker, near Pittsburgh, on Feb. 18, 1933, to Murrell and Margaret Hays. When he was 8, the family moved to Linesville.
Eugene graduated from the Sacred Heart Missions Seminary high school in 1951. In 1957, he graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor of science in biology. Eugene was in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, stationed in Schweinfort, Germany.
In 1960, he began his teaching career in high school biology and English in the Cleveland, Ohio, schools for approximately 13 years until 1973. He graduated from John Carroll University in 1970 with a master’s in English.
In 1976, he began working at Ohio Rubber as a production worker, and he became active helping with the union benefits and union steward. At Ohio Rubber, he was given a new career in Human Resources as personnel manager and he stayed until 1989.
In 1990, Eugene moved to Gulfport, Fla., and worked for the Home Shopping Network as a customer service representative from 1990 to 1995.
In 1996, Eugene retired and moved back to Linesville and started working for Wal-Mart and currently he was working for them.
Over the last 30 years, Eugene has donated many hours to St. Philip’s Roman Catholic Church as Catechism instructor, choir member and organist and eventually a bingo caller. Recently, he was an Eucharistic minister and assisted in the Mass. He was a fourth degree Knights of Columbus.
He has been devoted to his family, especially his brothers and sisters and his 23 nephews and three nieces; four great-nephews, seven great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and two great-great-nieces. He has helped each one in many ways.
Eugene has a large circle of friends, neighbors and colleagues who have benefited from his generosity, open heart and readiness to help others.
He is survived by his brothers; Murrell Jerome of Gulfport, Fla., William of Eastlake, Ohio, Timothy of Littleton, Mass., and Terrence of Frisco, Texas; and his younger sister, Patricia McCallum (nee Hays) of Raleigh, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Murrell H. and Margaret I.; and two sisters, Shirley M. Hoogstad and Joann Mosier.
A memorial Mass at St. Philip Church will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville.
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