Charles W. Hayes, a devoted community member of Coronado known for his public service, died peacefully on April 14, 2021, following ongoing treatment for long-term conditions.
Charles lived life the way he wanted, from his idyllic, picture-book youth in Northern California through finding his forever home in the community of Coronado. Born in Hayward, California, to the late George and Roma Hayes, Charles was the second of four children, including beloved sisters Marilie and Linda. After a childhood in Hayward and Santa Cruz, Charles graduated from Hayward’s Sunset High as a notable football player and student body president for the Class of ‘62.
Upon graduating from San Jose State University, Charles was drafted and assigned to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a computer programmer and systems analyst. He earned the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding professionalism and devotion to duty in what was then a new and laborious trade involving punch cards and trouble-prone computers that filled whole rooms.
In 1969, Charles began practicing public accountancy in San Jose. In a profession then dominated by tax-code tomes and teetering stacks of ledger sheets, his computer experience made him a confident early adopter of computer systems and software that reduced drudgery and would give his partnerships an advantage in client service and tidier desks. He would remain devoted to providing state-of-the-art, top-tier tax and investment advice throughout his career, including through over 30 years in Coronado at Hayes & Associates, CPAs. Charles was also a proud investor in the businesses of friends and colleagues, from real estate to restaurants to collectible ceramics.
Charles discovered Coronado during a business trip in the mid-1980s and moved south soon after, purchasing a small accountancy practice in the Village. In 1991, he and his second wife, Linda Webster Hayes, married and made their home in the Cays. Charles dedicated himself fully to Coronado, a tireless advocate for privately funded civic improvements. He served on boards for the Hospital Foundation, Schools Foundation, Library Foundation, and more, proud to invest his time and expertise for a better community. Charles’s work was also instrumental in creating a beautiful new facility for the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, where he loved meeting, dining, and laughing with friends and other members.
Charles loved music, with a wide library of eclectic favorites spanning many genres, and took great delight in sharing his collection with visiting friends. He loved sailing and being on the water, and even after selling his 41’ ketch, could for years be found crewing others’ boats in the Coronado Cays Yacht Club’s beer can races. An avid reader, his rare book collection included books that were not valuable simply for their age or rarity, but for the quality of their contents; he especially enjoyed collecting the works of scientists, philosophers, and other thinkers. Charles loved to travel with Linda, often with friends, and especially enjoyed river boat cruises. He took special joy in attending and sponsoring community events, in particular the fundraisers for many of Coronado’s favorite institutions.
Charles is survived by wife Linda Webster Hayes; sister Linda (Ralph) Arellano; daughter and son from his first marriage, Kara Hayes and Greg Hayes; Linda’s sons, Jon (Rita) Webster and Ben (Nana) Webster ; grandchildren Aden, Caely, and Ellis; and many nieces and nephews. Linda and family are grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support from their many friends, colleagues, and community members, including all of the fond memories that they’ve shared. Charles will be remembered by the family at a small, private celebration of life.