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Edward M. Hay

November 28, 1931 January 31, 2021
Edward M. Hay
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Edward M. Hay of Barrington, Rhode Island peacefully passed away January 13 at
the age of 89. He was born in Portland, ME on November 28, 1931 to Merrill and Evelyn
McDougall Hay. After attending local schools in Cape Elizabeth, he graduated from
Governor Dummer Academy and Bowdoin College. He later received a Master of
Library Science degree from the University of Rhode Island. After college he served
two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Japan.
His professional life began at Ted Bates Inc. advertising firm in New York City
followed by several years as a planner for Rockland County in New York state. A move
to Philadelphia saw his planning career continue for over two decades, first for the
Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and then for the regional office of the U.S.
National Park Service where he was involved in the planning for parks such as the
Pineland National Reserve in New Jersey and the New River Gorge National Park and
Preserve in West Virginia.
In the early 1980’s Ed met his second wife, Susan, and they shared a love of history,
travel and music during 35 years of marriage. A return to New England brought the
opportunity to change careers, finding rewarding work as a librarian at the University of
Massachusetts Medical Library in Worcester. Fascinated with early building techniques,
he and Susan enjoyed the challenge of restoring a 17th century home in Rehoboth, MA.
He retired to Barrington with Susan, a place he loved for its small-town nature, good sea
food and proximity to the ocean.
Family and friends will remember him for his kindness and sense of humor along
with a love of baseball, music and Maine. Ed was seldom seen without his treasured
Bowdoin College cap. He is survived by his son, John Hay of Philadelphia, step-son,
Scott Anderson of Boulder, Colorado, sister Sara Nichols and her husband Barrett
Nichols of Yarmouth Port, MA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by his beloved wife, Susan, who passed away in October, 2020.
A private service will be held for Edward and Susan next summer followed by burial
at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland.
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