Death of John Hayes

October 19, 2006 at 11:18 am (Ghost River)

John Hayes, October 1, 1946October 18, 2006

I am very sorry to inform the readers and guests of Stranger Creek of the unexpected death of our narrator and town chronicler, John Hayes.

Information is sketchy, but according to his close friend Dr. Oostenburg, the body was discovered yesterday afternoon. Cause of death was not given. We have been told that the funeral will be on Saturday, followed by a wake. As is customary in Stranger Creek, we do not involve public officials in our town’s affairs, being a self-governing municipal unit, so there will be no autopsy or police report.

Dr. Oostenburg will be taking care of all final arrangements. He will be also going through the remaining papers of Mr. Hayes and will share any information that may be pertinent to interests of concerned citizens.

We are all quite stunned. John and his late wife were longtime residents of Stranger Creek. John contributed significantly to the town’s literary activities, was an active member of the Congregational Church, served on the Theosophical Museum Board and was a strong supporter of our local library.

I will be talking with community members soon. We are soliciting a new narrator to continue to share with you our town’s literary heritage.

Sincerely,

Lynn Alexander
Stranger Creek Librarian

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