Let me be the first to write in the online guestbook… :) This site will never do you justice, but it’s worth a try. Among other traits, Papa, I admire your bravery and strength. You made it through one adventure after another, always with a story to tell. I will always cherish you, your words of wisdom and wit, and the family you helped create. All my love, Kelly
Jim, thanks for all you have done and who you are. There are few who have touched so many in time that you had with us. You will always be in our hearts.
I have been staring at this page, not knowing what to say. I have known Jim for a long time, and together, we visited areas of California, getting research for a book. (we were always going to create a book!) Well, we finally did. My artwork, and Jim’s words. I am so lucky that I meant Jim, many years ago, and we became good friends. He put fun and adventure into my life. No body could tell a story like Jim, and as
we were traveling around California together, I heard many great stories. I was so lucky that Jim was a close friend. I am already missing him, much like hundreds of other friends of Jim.
Robert Reynolds (Bob)
Wonderful idea and so very welcomed by those of us to respected and loved Jim Hayes. Heck, we still do! What a great family and then again, we are talking Jim Hayes genes, right? Lord knows I miss him on Facebook (and in email) but this helps. Thanks so much Kelly… and all the Hayes family. The love and light of the Creator surrounds you — and your Papa is with you forever.
Jim Hayes’ contributions to the worlds of journalism and education are without measure. He shaped and molded generations of newsroom denizens with his wisdom and his wicked red pen! His mentoring, his good-natured hectoring, and his friendship–including his remarkable ability to recall and track our paths–made me a much better person. We are all immensely fortunate to have had Jim in our lives, and are grateful to the Hayes family for sharing him.
I will always be grateful for Mr. Hayes’ influence in my life, particularly his understanding of how important it was for me to make the President’s List for my last two years at Cal Poly. Not only was he my rock, he DID rock. My now grown sons and I have much appreciation for how he believed in me, though they may not remember how he occasionally looked askance at them when I had to bring them to class.
Even though we never met, Jim and I communicated often. I’m ever grateful for his review of my book, By Dead Reckoning. To have such a great journalist and teacher to praise my book encouraged me to continue writing. I’ll always remember Jim. I wish I could have studied under him.
My heart is filled with admiration for Jim Hayes. He has been a beacon of light in my life for over two decades. But, as you’ll read here, I am joined by a community of Hayes admirers from all walks of life and all corners of this planet.
Everyone needs someone in your corner when you are stretching your intellectual limits and Jim was my “spotter”. He served as Co-Chair of my Master’s Degree Committee from 1997-2000. In 2000, he focused his critical eye on the content of a community newspaper where I served as the managing editor. And, not to be forgotten, I was honored to be his lunch date on occasional afternoon outings where we’d dine at the Garden Café in Los Osos followed by a cruise down to Morro Bay’s “rock” to watch the surfers.
Jim, you will be missed by all who knew you and remembered as a great father, friend, teacher, and writer. You were one of a kind and no one the same will pass this way again. It was an honor to know you as a friend, former neighbor, and golfing partner. I will miss you. God bless you and your family! Gary
I count just a few people who have had a tremendous positive influence on my life and Jim is one of them. He cared a lot, made a difference in many lives, and did it all with a great deal of humor, kindness, and humility. He has inspired me to live my life along the same lines even though I continue to be aspirational. I wish I could have been closer, living in Wisconsin is a little far from everything, but Jim always made me feel connected. Finally, one great use for social media! On June 21st, 2014 at 4:00 CT I am planning on having a personal ceremony and planting a favorite Iris in my garden for Jim. It will be my own reminder of a great man who lived his life well.
I’m not sure how Mr. Hayes ended up with so much wit and wisdom, but I’m sure glad he shared it with so many people. May his influence continue to ripple through newsrooms.
Jim you indelibly touched my life. No one, save my parents had a greater influence. I will forever cherish the memories, the wisdom and lessons you imparted. God bless you and the family that shared you with so many of us.
A walk through this garden of comments uttered in remembrance of Jim Hayes. Because Jim became known to me through mutual friend and fellow writer, Jackson Sellers, writer and newspaper editor, I was a grateful recipient of Jim’s kind words of encouragement and advice which stood, along with a story-telling photo image of Jim and his son walking together, as a symbol of what he offered to anyone who drew near—truth, compassion, and wisdom. It is with great regret that I did not meet Jim face to face on his own piece of California. Rest in peace, Jim, from your well-lived earthly labors.
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