Stephen Thomas Hayes, 91

Meat salesman, World War II veteran was a Mason for 59 years.

October 19, 2007

Stephen Thomas Hayes, a meat salesman and World War II veteran, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. The Ocean City resident was 91.

Born in Baltimore and raised on West Franklin Street, he attended City College and worked with his brothers at luncheonettes.

He served in the Army in World War II in England and France from 1940 to 1945 and attained the rank staff sergeant. While stationed in England, he met Doris Edna Stone. They married in June 1944.

After the war, he joined Southwest Baltimore meatpackers Corkran Hill & Co. and sold its products to hotels, restaurants and institutions. He later became a Swift & Co. sales manager. He retired in 1984.

"He loved people and could carry on a conversation with anyone," said his daughter, Kathleen Schmidt of Ellicott City.

He was named Steward of the Year in the mid-1960s by the Stewards and Caterers Association.

A Mason for 59 years, he was a member of Washington Lodge No. 3, which was on Charles Street for many years. He was also active in the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

A resident of Westview Park and Arbutus for many years, he moved to the Eastern Shore in 1990. He was a communicant of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore.

Services are private.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include another daughter, Maria Prevost of Columbia; a sister, Athena Kerasiotes of Peekskill, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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