Robert Hayden

Obituary of Robert Lewis Hayden

Robert "Bob" Hayden, of Marcellus, passed away at his home among family on March 4, 2022 at the age of 85 after a long illness. Bob will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, love of bluegrass music, gentleness and concern for others.

Bob was instrumental in starting Marcellus Bluegrass, which meets on Friday nights at the Marcellus American Legion, where he enjoyed playing the banjo and fiddle among friends. He retired from Marcellus Central Schools as a beloved school bus driver, after previously retiring from FedEx.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Susan Sawtell; their three children, Craig (Julia) Hayden, Lori (Rex McWilliams) Hayden and Bonnie (Jeff) Hayden-Frey; grandchildren, Lee, James, Calvin, Caleb (Megan) and Ruo Fang. He is also survived by one sister, Dawn (Joey Schwartz) Hayden; sister-in-law Judy Hayden; sister-in-law Dale Sawtell Wilcox; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hayden and one brother Paul Hayden.

Bob's kindness and legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he interacted with, as well as those he reached but never met.

Funeral services will be private. Those wishing to honor his life can make a donation in Bob's name to Parkinson's research visit Tribute to Robert Hayden|The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research or the Marcellus Free Library at 32 Maple St, Marcellus NY 13108.

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