Edward Thomas “Tom” Hayes

Edward Thomas “Tom” Hayes, 64, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2023. He was a native of Newport News, having grown up in the Beaconsdale subdivision, and a resident of Gloucester for numerous years. He graduated from Ferguson High School and was a graduate of Christopher Newport University, earning a B.A. degree in English. Tom was the baby of four children, and he had a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. 

He was an avid fisherman and loved all things on the water, whether it be the river, the Bay, or the Atlantic Ocean. He loved to cook and party with his friends. Tom was an avid reader and always checked out multiple books from the library.  

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson C. “Buddy” Hayes, Sr., and Ann Hayes. He is survived by his sister, Susann Powell (Owen); brothers, John W. Hayes (Jan) and Wilson C. Hayes, Jr., (Grace); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, (

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Bunny Cooke (Jonny and Steve's sister)

    I am so sorry for the loss of your baby brother. I have so many memories of Tom and the shenanigans he and Jonny and Steve could get into. My prayers are with all of you during your time of grief and sorrow.

  2. Steve Cooke

    Tom was like a brother to Jonny and me, I have so many fun memories, swimming, golfing, playing tennis and cutting grass with Tom. He stood up for me more than once and I considered him a dear friend. Please accept my condolences.

  3. Chip Partain

    I met Tom when he was living in Davis California and quickly became great friends . We watched SF Giants baseball , played endless 🏀 games ( horse ) together , listened to music on vinyl and live , and bbq’d all the time with plenty of Budweiser in the fridge . We lost touch when he moved back home , but we reconnected and would text monthly . He told me he was sick , I wish he would have .The news of Tom’s passing made its way to Davis last night .
    RIP Ole Friend , see you on the other side 👊🏼

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