Hay, John Francis 1887-1932 Morris, NY Obituary
John Francis Hay Dies Saturday at Morris Home
Native of West Laurens,
Prominent Citizen and World War Veteran
Morris, March 7---The village of Morris lost one of its most progressive and popular business men in the death on Saturday evening last of J. F. Hay, whose funeral—private--will be conducted at the late residence on Tuesday at 1 o'clock by Rev. Mr. Hutchison, and the service at the grave in the new Hillington cemetery will be in charge of the local Masonic lodge members.
Mr. Hay was born at West Laurens 45 years ago, and save for some years in Bridgeport, Conn., had always had his home in Morris.
His parents were Walter Scott Hay and Malinda (Wilsey) Hay. He was a World war veteran and for a long time was head accountant of the Linn Tractor company, which position he left to go into business for himself, having purchased the Folts block in which he conducted a large general store business until his death.
He had held office as mayor of the village, trustee for several years, justice of the peace, and school director.
As a Mason, however, he was best known, having held almost every office in Tienuderrah lodge, was also member of the chapter, and at the time of his death was a trustee of the lodge. Probably no other member was more familiar with the degree work than was Brother Hay.
He was married in 1921 to Irene Earl of Sandy Creek, who with two children, survive him, as does a sister, Mrs. Lena Thrasher, and two brothers, Levi of Morris, and Howard of Bridgeport, Conn. There are also quite a number of nieces and nephews and cousins.
Mr. Hay was one of our good citizens, devoted to his home and family, to the village, and every good work and cause in it.
He will be long missed by all in the lodge, in business, and in society.
Funeral of J. F. Hay
Morris, March 9---The bearers at the funeral of J. F. Hay Tuesday of last
week were: Supt. George Pranton, supervisor Lee Starr, Dr. H. W. Naylor, and the master of Tienuderrah lodge, F. and A. M.
The floral pieces were many and most beautiful, coming from the lodge, business associates, organizations and the Sunday school of Zion church, to which the children, Irene Frances and John Francis, Jr., were regular and faithful attendants.
Owing to weather conditions the Masons conducted their ritual service at the residence instead of at the grave, after the church service was read, and at the grave the Episcopal committal service was read. The brother of Mrs. Hay was not able to be present owing to the sudden death of his wife a few hours after the death of Mr. Hay, at Pulaski.