Robert A. Hayes, 85, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 while staying with his daughter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bob was born in Erie, Pa., on Aug. 7,1926. He attended Erie County Technical School and then went on to college at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Pittsburgh and Gannon College.
Bob's lifetime dream was to own a campground and he made that dream come true when he purchased Blue Water Beach Campground in 1967. Bob was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a volunteer fireman with the Lake Shore Fire Department where he proudly drove the hook and ladder truck No. 53.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Bessey); daughters, Mindy (Bob) Crawford of Oldsmar, Fla., Heidi (Daniel) Loughran of Cincinnati, Ohio; son Brian (Donna) of Westfield, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward L. Hayes and Florence E. Hayes.
A service will be held at the family's convenience in August. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Westfield, N.Y.