'An extraordinary man with an extraordinary vision' - Funeral for former Independent Newspapers managing director Joe Hayes
Dynamic businessman Joe Hayes was “an extraordinary man with an extraordinary vision” said his son Thady at his funeral yesterday
Requiem Mass for the former managing director of Independent Newspapers was held at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel, Blessington, Co Wicklow.
Denis Joseph Hayes (69), who died on Monday after an eight month cancer battle, was a native of Ballyduff, County Kerry. He lived at Rathmore, County Kildare.
Thady Hayes said his father had a “keenly logical, organised, and fiercely intelligent mind.”
Hired at 20 as a salesman by Gallahers tobacco firm, He became its managing director at 26. He moved to Independent Newspapers at 31 and became managing director of the group at 33, said Thady.
He led by example and would master “anything he turned his hand to and did it to perfection.” He was able to retire from business at 46 when he achieved the comfort and security to enjoy his passion for farming, he said.
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Joe and his wife Collette enjoyed 50 years of love and devotion together. “Mum made Dad what he was and vice versa,” said their son.
During his illness, Colette was a source of strength for Joe and all the family. He thanked the family’s friends for their great support.
His father fought his illness with his usual “acute diligence and practicality” and was acknowledged for his “heroic” struggle.
“He will live on in the hearts of all who love him,” he said.
Later, during the prayers of the faithful, Joe’s daughter Danielle said the family were grateful for the years they had with him. He had been “the most incredible, selfless and heroic Dad.”
Among the symbols of his life brought to the altar were photographs, a sheaf of grain from his farms, and two bags of his favourite jelly sweets.
After communion, his granddaughter Robyn (9) sang ‘Castle on a Cloud.’
Celebrant Fr Kevin Lyon, Archdeacon of Glendalough, also paid tribute to “an incredible man.”
Chief mourners were his wife Colette, his children Colin, Danielle, Amber, Thady and Georgina, sisters Nodie and Angela, and his nine grandchildren.
President Michael D Higgins was represented by his aide de camp Lieutenant Commander Patrica Butler.
A large number of friends from the business, journalism and farming community attended, including Sunday World editor Colm MacGinty, former Independent News and Media (INM) managing editor Michael Denieffe, former chief executive INM (Northern Ireland) Michael Brophy, former INM director Brendan McCabe, David Gaffney, managing director of Adsales, and Frank Cullen, former co-ordinating director of National Newspapers of Ireland which is now NewsBrands Ireland, and friends Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin.
A private cremation service was held at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin.