Everett T. Hay, 88, insurance broker, member of numerous civic organizations

January 29, 2001|By Amanda J. Crawford | Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF

Everett Thomas Hay, a Baltimore insurance broker for more than 40 years, died in his sleep Thursday at the Ridgely condominiums on East Joppa Road. He was 88.

Mr. Hay, who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for Baltimore County Council in 1962 and 1967, founded Hay Brothers Insurance Agency in Overlea about 1954. He retired in 1989.

Seldom seen without a bow tie, Mr. Hay was known for his sense of humor and his people skills, said his son, William C. Hay of Glen Arm.

"He could enter a crowded room and before long have talked to everyone there," William Hay said.

That ability served him well throughout his life, from his days as an elevator operator in New York to his civic duties and his brief engagement in politics.

Born one of seven sons on a family dairy farm in Huntingdon, Quebec, Mr. Hay came to the United States about 1929. He worked for several years as a high-rise elevator operator in New York before attending an engineering trade school.

In December 1933, he married Ethel Irene Brennan, who survives him.

Three years after they married, the couple moved to Baltimore, where Mr. Hay worked for American Smelting Co.

During World War II, he worked for Glenn L. Martin Co., where he designed assembly lines. Mr. Hay became a U.S. citizen during the war.

In 1947, Mr. Hay began working for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Baltimore and was its leading salesman for 185 weeks before setting out on his own. With two co-workers, he started Ford, Griffin and Hay Insurance Agency in Baltimore about 1951. A few years later, he opened Hay Brothers Insurance Agency on Belair Road with his brother Norman.

Despite a busy work schedule, Mr. Hay found time to participate in many civic activities. He was active in Kenwood Presbyterian Church, where he held many roles, including deacon.

He served as a leader of his sons' Cub Scout troop, was the charter president of the Lions Club of Overlea and was a 32nd-degree Mason at Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge.

Before suffering a stroke eight years ago, Mr. Hay was an avid tennis player and jogger. He would count his laps around the neighborhood by transferring pennies from one pocket to another, his son recalls.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Hay is survived by another son, Gregory E. Hay of Perry Hall; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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