Warren Joseph Hayford V

July 21, 1929 – May 18, 2022

Warren Joseph Hayford, 92, died of heart failure Wednesday, May 18, at his family home in Winnetka, Illinois. He was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on July 21,1929 to parents Mable Moll Hayford and Warren Hayford IV.

Warren is survived by his wife Beverly Shaw Hayford, his seven children, Warren Hayford, wife Brenda; Mary Beth Philipp, husband Joe; David Hayford, wife June; Lisa Goodmaster, husband Gene; Laura Blatchford, husband Ed; Susan Luciu, fiancē Terry Riley; and Michael Hayford, wife Lynn. Also by step children Chuck Shaw, wife Roberta, Richard Woodard (Carol’s Husband),Cindy Wirene, husband Bill, Cathy Shaw, Courtney Peters, husband Joe.

Warren is survived by 32 grandchildren: Katie Philipp D’Windt, Joe Philipp, Liz Philipp Appel, Cecilia Penn, Allison Hayford, David Philipp, Warren Hayford, Laura Philipp Fiorio, Tom Hayford, Margaret Hayford, Carolyn Hayford-Lee, Alex Blatchford-Smith, Madeline Hayford, Jack Hayford, Mike Hayford, Margaux Hayford, Jennie Luciu, Benjamin Blatchford, Samuel Blatchford, Rory Blatchford, Monique Hayford, Marielle Hayford, Charlie Wirene, Amanda Wirene, Alexander May, Colleen Shaw, Julia May, Charlie Shaw, Jack Pabich, Grace Woodard, Burke Peters, Bridget Peters as well as 26 great grandchildren.

Warren is also survived by two sisters, Amy Johnson, husband Don and Gretchen Hayford; two brothers-in-law, James Meyer and Mark Robinson, and two sisters-in-law, Carol Meyer and Mary Meyer, wife of James.

Warren was predeceased by his first wife Marylou Meyer Hayford whom he married on June 14, 1952, in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania. He was also predeceased by his grandson Frederick Blatchford, and Bev’s daughter Carol Woodard.

Warren earned a degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1952. As an infantry first lieutenant, he earned his wings as a paratrooper. Upon leaving the Army, he joined Continental Can Company, working his way through sales and finance to become president. Following Continental, he became president of International Harvester and then president of General Tire. After years in large corporations, he founded and led several start-up companies, including Gaylord Container (IPO 1988), BWAY Packaging (IPO 1995), and Greenfield Pro Services. Warren served on several boards of public companies, including General Public Utilities and The Burlington Northern Railroad.

His strong beliefs as a devout Catholic were amplified by the core precepts of honor, duty and country, learned as a cadet and reinforced as an active alumnus of West Point. Those core principals led him to contribute his time, expertise and financial support to a wide range of non-profit organizations and serve on a number of non-profit boards.

A firm believer in the value of a good education, Warren supported the schools in the Catholic Dioceses of Cook County, Illinois and Hobe Sound, Florida. To all who knew him, he will always be remembered as a man of great character, integrity, generosity and compassion.

Warren lived a life full of purpose, deep faith, love of family and a strong work ethic. He was devoted to both the Hayford and Shaw families.

A wake for Warren Hayford will be held at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd. Skokie, IL 60077 on June 1, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Catholic Church, 191 Linden St. Winnetka, Illinois on June 2 at 11:00 a.m. To view the Funeral Mass virtually a link will be inserted here.

A Memorial Mass will be held on June 11 at St. Christopher Church in Hobe Sound, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow beside his beloved wife Marylou at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Warren Hayford at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, for the benefit of the poor, 12001 SE Federal Hwy # D, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 or Fr. John Wall at Catholic Extension, 150 S. Wacker Dr. Suite 2000, Chicago, 60606 (Ukraine Refugees).

Info: donnellanfuneral.com or 847-675-1990.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2022
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Donnellan Family Funeral Services
10045 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077

Funeral Mass

Thursday, June 02, 2022
SS. Faith Hope & Charity Church
191 Linden Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

Memorial Contributions

Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church
12001 SE Federal Hwy # D, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
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Catholic Extension (Ukraine Refugees)
150 S. Wacker Dr. Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606
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