Christopher R. M. Hayward, 72, of South Burlington, passed away Tuesday morning, October 24, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Chris was born September 21, 1945 in Inverness, Scotland to John and Mary (Marshall) Hayward. He grew up in Somerset County, England and attended Repton School. In a gap year he taught English, Mathematics and Geography in the Solomon Islands and then entered Leeds University where he was awarded a BA in Textile Management with honors. For many years he worked in the family business, Crewkerne Textiles Ltd.
Chris later pursued a Master Degree in Geography and was awarded his MA at the University of Kentucky. He began teaching Geography at Boise State University in 1999 where he met his wife, Rhonda (Jacobs) Hayward. They married October 7, 2000. Chris adopted Rhonda’s family as his own, and was amazed when his new father-in-law, Jake, wanted to have a good laugh over the antics of Benny Hill. For a number of years, Christmas with his “mom”, June, was an annual event.
In 2003 Chris and Rhonda moved to Vermont where Chris continued teaching at the CCV campuses at Rutland and Newport, Champlain College, and SUNY Plattsburg where he lectured and also taught on-line courses. He retired from teaching in 2015.
Chris was an accomplished and avid tennis player. He got up before the sun three days a week to play with his close friends, the “Early Birds” and he captained or co-captained USTA teams until he became ill in fall 2016. He also pursued his interest in model railroading and had visualized a train from Edinburg to Inverness in his home office. He shared many stories of his youth and his love of all things Scottish. A glass of dark ale or Laphroaig scotch with his many friends was always a favorite pastime. A Christmas gathering was an annual event at which he wore his beautiful Murray kilt and Prince Charlie jacket.
Chris had a passion for traveling. He visited much of Northern Europe, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, Canada, and more of the USA than most Americans. Chris planned an extensive honeymoon with Rhonda to the UK which included visits with his closest friends and Christmas with family in Scotland. Rhonda was an avid companion on many more adventures as well.
Chris was extremely compassionate on a world-wide scale. He focused his geography students on the parts of the world with the most severe poverty, war, and strife in an effort to raise their awareness and compassion for others. He preached far and wide on the benefits of fair trade vs. “free trade” which he held in disdain. With his background in geography he understood and watched with trepidation the causes and effects of climate change. Chris was an astute observer of American politics and was not shy about expressing his opinion. Unfortunately, he was not allowed to vote because he held on to his UK citizenship.
Chris is survived by his wife Rhonda; step-sons Nathan Weyland and wife Colleen, and Benjamin Weyland and partner Brittany Smith;
Rhonda’s mother June Jacobs, and Aunt Joyce Hunter;
cousins Alastair and D Fyfe, Andrew and Helen Graham, and Anne and Athel Price, and many friends and God-children who reside in the United Kingdom.
Chris was predeceased by his mother and father, John and Mary Hayward and his sisters Margaret (Lizzie) Hayward and Susan Hayward.
Sincere appreciation is extended to the many compassionate staff members at the University of Vermont Medical Center who lovingly cared for Chris and supported Rhonda throughout Chris’s illness.
A celebration of Chris’s life will be held on November 12th, 3 to 6pm at 72 Pine Haven Shores Road, Shelburne. All are welcome. Additional parking is available on the road and at 145 Pine Haven Shores Road before the railroad tracks. Please do not park on the grass.
Memorial contributions in Chris’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.