George Hayes
(1938 - 2009)

George Hayes

September 8, 1938

February 26, 2009

Never again will a loud purple comet careen past tourists skiing Burke Mountain in close proximity at speeds in excess of 60mph. No more vocal explosions of “HUUUUGE!” will be heard from the chairlift; no more epic cries of “FOR… THE… COUNTRY!!” will be heard at the Bear Den. And sadly, a gaping hole is left in East Burke and, perhaps, in the Mountain itself as our beloved George H. W. Hayes passed away February 26, 2009.

George Hayes a.k.a Purple, was born on September 8, 1938 and raised in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tabor Academy 1956, Brown University in 1960 and New England School of Law in 1963. Through the ‘60s, 70’s and 80’s George split time between practicing law in Ipswich and practicing being nuts in East Burke, VT. In the early days (mid 60’s to late 70’s) George would bug out of Boston on Friday afternoons and retire to his A-frame in Burke Hollow where he never hosted a single party but he did form the BHAC (Burke Hollow Athletic Club). In the early ‘80’s, George finished his first house on “The Ridge,” where he realized a lifelong dream by installing his first central vacuuming system, and founded the Darling Ridge Gang (comprised of more Burkie alums and local ski types). At this house, George threw no parties either.

He retired from his law firm in 1987 and moved to “The Ridge” permanently where he spent his days skiing, hiking, mowing his extensive lawn and, of course, vacuuming with the occasional Labbatt’s Blue in hand – “has anyone seen my beer?” In ’97 Purple finished his second house on “The Ridge” with a more northerly view of the mountain. Once again, the central vacuuming system was a highlighted feature. In 2002 George sold this most recent house and moved into the East Burke Club House/Library apartment where he was the caretaker and chief librarian. When he wasn’t actively maintaining the lawns, shrubs, flowers and trees, he enjoyed admiring the grounds and yelling at passersby.

George had no immediate family that he was close with and was never married, however, George had a HUGE collection of friends from around East Burke, Burke Mountain Academy, the US Ski Team and his old days in Massachusetts.

George loved skiing, he loved life and was one of the great crazy characters to drop down to this earth. He will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on in spirit and in words and photos here at this website. It is our hope that any of George’s friends who feel so inclined will share thoughts, stories and photos. We remind everyone that this is a public forum and we ask folks to post only materials that all of George’s friends would be fairly comfortable with.

We also remind everyone that a celebration of his life will be held at Burke Mountain Academy on Sunday May 31.

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