Robert R. Hay

Robert R. Hay 69, of Cranston passed away peacefully Sunday surrounded by his wife, daughter, and cousin after a long illness. After graduating from Bishop Hendricken High School and returning from his military service, Bob received his Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Rhode Island and pursued a career in education. He had a distinguished career teaching for the Warwick School Department and the Warwick Chamber Education Foundation for more than 25 years before retiring and subsequently working for the Roger Williams University Center for Professional Development as well as the University of Bridgeport. Bob was not just an educator but a leader, mentor, confidant, coach and friend to so many. Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years Ann, his daughter Robyn and her husband Rodney Ryan and his beloved dog Casper. He also leaves behind his five siblings Sally Hitchen, Elizabeth Sahagian, Steven Hay, Ann-Marie Feinstein, Barbara Boccanfusco, their families and his cousin Margaret McGuirl who was just like a sister to him and his family. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday August 28th at 10:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mark Cemetery in Jamestown. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Rhode Island Blood Center 405 Promenade Street Providence, RI 02908 or Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.

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Judi and Steve Hay - 08/25/2015

We are so sorry for your loss, Ann and Robyn. We pray your good memories from times past will give you peace.

Barbara - 08/25/2015

Ann, Robyn and Rodney,

Sorry for your loss.

Love ya,


Rest in peace.

Love ya.

nancy hackett - 08/25/2015

I was so saddened to hear of Bobs passing. My thoughts and prayers and with you and Robyn

Natalie and Hanna - 08/25/2015

Robyn, Ann and Rodney, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We have such fond memories of all of the holidays we shared with you and will miss Bob's wisdom, guidance and humor.

Jennifer - 08/26/2015

To The Hay Family,
My sincere condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hay was my marketing teacher at Pilgrim High School. I had him for two years Mr. Hay was an awesome teacher he made learning fun and instilled in each student to use their imagination and be creative. Thank You Mr. Hay for being the kind of teacher every student should have! RIP. You scored your angel wings and a place in heaven. Pilgrim Alumni have a saying once a "Patriot always a Patriot".
Jennifer from PHS Class of 1990

Teresa Mauk - 08/26/2015

Robyn and family - So sorry. He was obviously a very special man and will be missed.

Ken Tavares (Pilgrim HS 79') - 08/26/2015

My sincere, heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Mr. Hay. He was truly one of the nicest, most influential teachers I ever had. As many of his students, I will forever be thankful for his guidance and friendship over the years.

I can still see that grin of his when I use to yell; "Redhead". He always knew it was me when I bumped into him even after all the years of being out of school. Such a great guy....(Mr. Hay, thank you sir for caring and always having the time when someone needed to talk).

JoAnn Johnson - 08/27/2015

Ann, Robyn and Rodney - my heart is breaking for you all and i am saddened beyond words. I have many fond memories of Bob - his wit, his commitment to education and his passion to help others. I will miss him.

Bill Palmer - 08/27/2015

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. You'll be in mt prayers.
Bill Palmer
Naples, FL

Bill & Elaine Barrette - 08/28/2015

I first met Bob along with his cousin Tom in March 1959 when I moved into the neighborhood. We have maintained our close friendship thought the years. I will miss you greatly. I will miss bring you your jelly donuts on my visits. You and Tom will be close to talk to each other. When I pass on I will be in contact long distance from Warwick. Miss you Buddy Bill

Jim Smith - 08/28/2015

My thoughts and prayers to the entire Hay family. Bob and I had similar careers (Bishop Hendricken, URI, the military and we both were teachers). I spoke with Bob about a year ago and we always had pleasant conversations. He will be sorely missed.

Roberta houston Anderson - 08/31/2015

I was so sorry to read of "Bobby"'s passage. He was my brother Jay's(Neil Houston) playmate on Norwood Avenue (late 40's). I remember them with cowboy hats, sand piles and trucks...beautiful and happy children. My condolences to his brothers and sisters, especially Sally Ann with whom I played in those early days. With Sincere Sympathy, Roberta Houston Anderson

Robyn Ryan & Ann Hay - 09/01/2015

Thank you to all of our friends and family for their kind words and show of support during these most difficult times and thank you to those of you, whom we may have never met, but share your wonderful memories of Bob! He will be greatly missed!

The FitzSimon Family - 12/25/2015

So sorry for your loss..our deepest condolences go out to you..god bless..

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