In Memory

Joseph Hayek

Joseph Hayek



CANFIELD – There will be a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian, Road, Youngstown, with Chorbishop Michael Kail officiating for Joseph A. Hayek, 59, who peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Joe will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends as a beloved brother, uncle, great-uncle, godfather and friend.

Words alone cannot express what he meant to his family and friends. His presence, smile, laughter, storytelling of family stories and history, will always be treasured and a huge part of his legacy. He was and always will be larger than life. By his mentoring and guidance to his nieces and nephews and so many others, he knew how to inspire, propel and drive to be your best. Knowing Joey made us all better in the way we lived our lives. He always said “Do as I say not as I did” so we could learn from his life lessons.

At this time we will all celebrate who he was and what he means to those around him. He will be truly missed but will live on in each of all of us.

He was born April 18, 1952, in Youngstown, the son of Alex K. and Bessie Hayek.

Joe was a 1970 graduate of Ursuline High School, where he was a letterman on the football team and was a 1975 graduate of Youngstown State University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a minor in Accounting and Economics.

He started his employment career as a District Manager with Lanier Business Equipment, then moved onto being Vice President of THG Construction Management, made salesman of the year for Homewood Homes in Columbus from 1993 to 1998, was a Regional Manager for Ureocoats, was a regional manager of Bardan Homes, and most recently was Director of National Accounts with Simon Roofing Company.

Joe was a member of St. Maron Church, its St. Tobias Society, the Knights of St. Maron, and the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity at YSU.

He was an avid sports fan, especially watching football and enjoyed playing backgammon. He loved watching and cheering on his nieces and nephews in their activities.

He leaves behind to hold on to his precious memories, his brothers and sisters, Anthony (Patricia) Hayek of Poland, Remon P. Hayek, Rosette (Joseph) Hayek, Berni (Gerald) Hamrock and Minnie (Patrick) Casey, all of Canfield; nieces and nephews, Anthony (Angela) Hayek, Renee (Jack) Jackintelle, Christopher Hayek (Jen Weaver), Cherie (John) Morgan, Susan (Howie) Chien, David J. Hayek, Phillip M. Hayek, Gerald (Barbara) Hamrock, Lori (Todd) Lesko, Kathy (Richard) Durflinger, Patrick Casey and Michael Casey; and 19 great-nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Samuel Hayek.

Friends may call at the church on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., where the Prayers of Incense Prayer Service will be held at 7:45 p.m., and again on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. until 9:50 a.m., all at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made in Joe’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN, 38105 or the Antonine Sisters, 2675 N. Lipkey Road, North Jackson, OH 44451.



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11/24/11 07:56 PM #1    

Donna Giambattista (Detwiler)

So we talked a few times how we were both battling a chronic illness and how we should enjoy every moment, because tomorrow is not promised for anyone of us.  Thank you for listening and for your great smile. No more pain or suffering, only pure joy!!  In the arms of the angels now Joe.

01/04/12 07:06 PM #2    

John Niles

Joe and I did not run in the same circles at Ursuline, but I am so grateful I was able to connect with him (and so many others) at the 40th reunion.

"I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow"

RIP, Joe

02/16/12 11:25 PM #3    

Martin Poluse, Ph. D

Joe always treated me as one of the guys.


Marty Poluse



06/10/12 12:43 PM #4    

Tony Tringhese

I started hanging around with Joe in 7th grade.  We were the best of friends thru high school and unfortunately went our separate ways in college. For close to 40 years we rarely saw each other.  I found out about his kidney transplant and reconnected with him.   We would go to dinner once a month, sometimes once a week and for two years we hung around together as we did in the 60s.  We would sit in a local restaurant and Joe, in his booming voice, would go on and on giving his inside knowledge about drugs, gambling, back room politics and hookers.  Always naming names with a voice loud enough for everyone in these small crowded restaurants to hear.  Occasionally he could see by my expression that he was too loud and he would apologize then lower his voice for a minute before he got fired up and started booming again.  I would go home and tell Pat " he did it to me again".    Now that he is gone,  I would love to have one more of those embarrassing dinners with my friend who had all the answers for all the world's problems and was at his happiest around family and friends.

It always seemed that two days after sending out the first reunion notice,  Joe would have his money in (the same goes for  Tom Banna and Billy Dorbish).  He loved his family, but took great pride in his classmates from UHS and loved getting together with us all.

I can only imagine that  wherever he is, he is telling the man in charge how to run things more efficiently.

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