Noah Adam Hayes, 20, formerly of Gales Ferry, went away abruptly on June 14, 2022, in Waterford. At Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Noah was conceived on August 21, 2001.
He departs with Taiya Marie Dorsey, the mother of their children Gracelynn Brianna Hayes and Leland Gray Hayes, whom he had a brief relationship with.
Noah also leaves behind his loving grandmother Thelma Hayes of Charlestown, Rhode Island, as well as his mother Robbin Hayes of Waterbury. Brianna Pearce, Noah’s sister, and CB Akin, his uncle, also provide for Noah.
In addition to his amazing grandparents Francis X. Hayes and Barbara Hayes, Noah also lost his namesake uncle Adam Thomas Akin. For Taiya’s family, which includes her mother Lindsey Rolfe, her siblings Ted Dorsey IV, Tabor Dorsey, and Jacob Cobble, as well as her aunt Tracy Beaudet, “mimi” Patricia Balkau, grandma Sheri Bendfeldt, and amazing grandma Joan Bendfeldt, Noah also proved to be crucial.
Noah was immensely treasured by them as their own. At the Ledyard Fair in 2019, Noah met Taiya and knew she was “the one” right immediately. They had two beautiful children together and enjoyed living in homes in Waterford, New London, Norwich, and Groton.
The best of Noah’s many talents as a gifted young man was being a loving father and partner to Taiya. It was beyond beautiful to witness him take care of Gracelynn and Leland. He had an enormous, joyful, and unrestrained love for Taiya.
From kindergarten through sixth grade, Noah attended Sacred Heart School in Groton. The Ledyard educational system was then his new home. Noah was a winner in every game he played. He consistently took first place in his age group at the Sacred Heart School Marathon.
He participated in football, baseball, and ball for the Town of Ledyard in addition to playing soccer and basketball for Sacred Heart.
He joined three separate ball organizations at age ten—Sacred Heart, Ledyard Town, and Mashantucket—and played for five years without missing a practice or game while maintaining an exemplary attendance record in school. He also participated in basketball for Rose City Intensity. Noah, who competed for UConn TAC, was also an excellent student.
He also participated in track, baseball, and b-ball for Ledyard High School. He loved the Rhode Island beach where he learned to surf and master skimboarding, Green Hill Beach.
Noah was fortunate to have had so many unique teachers, mentors, clergymen, advisors, neighbors, friends, and coworkers throughout his life.
Up to the day he made the decision to depart, everyone remained in his heart. Nick, Tyler, and his dog Stoli were Noah’s closest friends and companions. Kyler and Skyler, two more important friends, will miss Noah for the rest of their lives.
Today, Sunday, June 19, in the early afternoon, a Celebration of Life will be place at the Hurlbutt Road ball court of the Gales Ferry Community Center.
In the not too distant future, a private service will be performed at the Hayes Family plot in the Gales Ferry Cemetery. Byles Memorial is advising the family on next steps.