Hayes, Malcolm L.

Malcolm Leo Hayes, age 88, of Wilmington DE, formerly of Brooklyn NY and Liverpool UK, died on Friday, January 21, 2022, in Wilmington, Delaware. His occupational endeavors led him to find work at Pfister Chemical Works, the United States Army, Air Products & Chemicals, and Amtrak.

Malcolm achieved the following educational and professional achievements:

1938-40 Warbreck Elementary S, Liverpool, UK
1940-46 various elementary schools NJ & NY
1946-47 Shieldham Elementary S, Liverpool, UK
1947-48 Liverpool Collegiate S, Liverpool, UK
1948-51 Franklin K Lane High S, Brooklyn, NY
1951-56 BS degree Chemical Engineering, City College of NY, Manhattan NY
1964 cert Engineer-in-Training, Dept of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1964 cert EIT Prep Couse, Penn Military College
1965 cert license Chemical Engineer, Sun Oil, Philadelphia, PA
1965 cert Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1975 cert member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, NY
1981 cert Principles of R&D, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, Houston, TX
1982 MS degree, Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware.

He had varied hobbies and interests throughout his life and was an active member of the Post-Cana (PC) Fellowship Club (where he eventually served as Business Manager), Hockessin Hash House Harriers, the Wilmington Chess Club, and others. Young Mal loved swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and hunting. As he grew older, he became interested in competitive and speed tournament chess, and listening to music. He became an avid competitive distance and social club runner.

Traveling, especially by cruise, was a considerable source of Malcolm’s enjoyment. His travels included visits to Hawaii, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, etc. He loved beach resorts and retained his love of snorkeling and swimming from his youth. Malcolm loved any opportunity to socialize, dance, dine, and frequent neighborhood cookouts. He was also known to strum the ukulele and toot a harmonica! In Malcolm’s older years, he continued to challenge himself and indulged Sudoku.

Malcolm was predeceased by his father, Leo Len Marmaduke Hayes; mother, Ethel Olive Hayes; his wives, Gladys McFarland (Nash), Gwendolyn Howard, and Edna Jacoby (Sheldon).

He is survived by his son, David L Hayes (Dorie); step-daughters Cindy Conner, and DeeDee Zubal (Steve); grandchildren, Sean Hayes, Sherry Thompson, Darrell Hayes, Cynthia L Hayes-Burkhart, Brittany L Hayes, and Morgan L Hayes; 3x step-grandchildren; 9x great (and 3x step-) great grandchildren; 5x great-great (and 2x step-) grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 12:00-1pm at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home (3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803). A funeral service will begin at 1 pm. In accord with local regulations, masks will be required for attendance. Interment will take place privately.

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