James H. Hayford, 78, passed peacefully of heart failure in his Burlington home on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, surrounded by family. Jim (“Jamie”) as he was known to his family and friends, was born on Jan. 21, 1937, an only child, to the late James and Helen (Emerson) Hayford in Lyndonville, Vt. Jim attended Lyndon Institute and graduated Orleans High School 1955. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a photographer’s mate and later the U.S. Air Force in electronics and meteorology. After working for Business Systems of VT (Applied Graphics) G B Rood Co. 71-72, Associates at GNS TeleSystems, he became self-employed as a one man operation selling audio visual equipment to schools and businesses in northern and central Vermont from 1976 until his retirement in 2011. With his parents, both teachers, he lived many places including West Burke and Manchester, Vt., but finally settled in Burlington, a neighborhood and a city he grew to love dearly. A true native Vermonter who reveled in the wonder of its beauty every day, especially Lake Champlain, where he was an avid boater for many years. He also enjoyed swimming, took great pride in maintaining his pool, his house, bike riding and table-tennis. Those who were fortunate to call Jim a friend will remember his wit, keen intelligence, humor, genuineness, generosity and commitment and loyalty to friends. Also, his thirst for knowledge and experiences, sports, especially table-tennis, his passion, including the Vermont State Championship six times and a lifetime member of the U.S. Table Tennis Association. Jim could speak in depth on many different subjects ranging from politics, sports, film, to music and more. He was a conversationalist, interested listener, an avid reader of history, especially Civil War, loving long discussions with anyone interested. Giving to people in need was of great importance to him. To his children, things he passed on, lessons he taught: perseverance, self-reliance, a strong work ethic, a way to debate and to appreciate topics and the world we live in. He always remembered birthdays, holidays and phone calls to gap the distance. He parts a deep appreciation for poetry and music as influenced by his parents of who his father was a writer and held them both with high regard. Jim was happy to have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in February with Lucy. Among Jim’s survivors is a daughter, Ellen (Tom) Miller of Hinesburg, Vt., their children, Melissa and Cameron; and a stepchild Stephanie (Peter) Pizzagalli of Charlotte, Vt., and their children, Hunter and Coleton; and by a brother-in-law, Donald Brean of Hinesburg. Thanks to his many friends that are too numerous to mention, you know who you are. Many thanks to Dr. Frank Landry and Dr. Janet Kirwan for their loving support and care and great appreciation to the Burlington Fire, Police, and Rescue. As per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services. A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date to celebrate his life. Burial will also be at a later date in West Burke at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in honor of Jim’s memory may be directed to 333 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004, or www.doctorswithoutborders.com.
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