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“Our condolences to Bill and family. We've know 'Stretch' since the Old Firehouse days in Lanesville. He was a kind and caring man who loved to tell...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Gail and Peter Jenner - MA

“Sewell was a man of heart. I remember being in nurses aid classes with him. He was so well meaning and caring to all the patients. He cared about...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Paige Waldron - Gloucester, MA

“Billy may the beautiful memories of your dad help you thru this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Love Al & Marianne Howard ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Marianne Howard - Portsmouth, NH


4 of 11 | Posted by: William Hayes

“It was so sad, to learn of Stretch's passing. We were roommates our sophomore and junior years at Andover, until he was compelled to withdraw. He...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Sewell was a real people person and a real friend ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Terry Segal - Gloucester, MA

“Sewell was always a bright light, holding court at the Lone Gull and playing his music on Main Street, especially at Christmas time, raising money...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Fara Courtney - Gloucester, MA

“As the eldest of all the Hayes cousins, my memories go back to Sewell's arrival and follow his challenges and successes, through the years. Most...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Hayes Dean - Norwich, VT


9 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Dean - Norwich, VT

“I enjoyed my relationship with Sewell. I was the Executive Director of the Gloucester Housing Authority when Sewell moved into his million dollar...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Dugan - Gloucester, MA

“I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH


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Rev. Sewell S. Hayes, of Rockport, and formerly of Gloucester, died on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Den-Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rockport. He was 86.

Born in Melrose on February 14, 1934, Sewell is one of three children of the late William S. D. and Elizabeth (nee Cratsley) Hayes. He attended Melrose High School before transferring to Phillips Academy in Andover, graduating in 1951. He went on to attend Harvard, graduated from Hope College in Holland Michigan, and graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey.

An ordained minister, Sewell served in several Congregational Churches in Maine, Pennsylvania and Gloucester Ma. He was a fan of music and the arts. He was known for playing his saxophone on Maine Street in Gloucester. He enjoyed painting and writing poetry. He was a people person, and got his energy from helping others in need. He dearly loved his family and was exceptionally active in their lives.

Sewell's big heart and generosity will be missed by all.

Sewell was the beloved husband of the late Virginia M. (Marston) Hayes. Devoted father of William F. Hayes of Rochester, NH, stepfather of Mark Nielson and his wife Patricia of Danvers, Dawn Howland of Mendon, Wade Nielson and his wife Connie of Marblehead, and Glen Nielson and his wife Patricia of Ashland, ME. Dear brother of David F. Hayes and his wife Joan of Gloucester, and the late Birton C. Hayes.

Services at this time will be for immediate family. A Celebration of Life will be announced when all may gather to remember and honor Sewell.