Joseph Hayes Stagner Jr.
Joseph Hayes Stagner Jr. passed away peacefully while surrounded by his three children on Tuesday morning November 14.
Hayes was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 10, 1941, and moved to Charlestown, NH when he was 10 years old where he met the love of his life, Sandra Morse. In his youth, he enjoyed spending time at his grandfather’s horse farm and playing basketball. In 1960, he married Sandra and went on to have three children, Hayes III (Joe), Suzanne and Lisa. He was an alumnus of St. Anselm’s College. He was a banker and a business man, and especially enjoyed his time and the people he worked with at Connecticut River Bank and Bellows Falls Trust. When he was not wearing a business suit, he was in his favorite attire of farmer overalls and work boots. Aside from his family, his farm and his draft horses were his greatest joy. He logged with his horses, and forestry became a passion of his. He also loved to sail and play golf. He was predeceased by his wife, Sandra, his brother, and sister-in-law, Paul and Marilee Stagner, and his great-grandson, Bryden Stagner. He is survived by his three children, Joesph Hayes Stagner III, (Jill), Suzanne Stagner, Lisa Stagner (Heather Nelson). He is also survived by his beloved sister, Davida Andrew, his grandchildren, Felicia, Josh, Mia and Megan Stagner, Hannah, Emma and Ian MacDonald, and six great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Saturday, November 18, at 11:00-12:00 PM at Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls. Per his wishes, a Celebration of Life for Hayes and Sandra will take place at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow the Celebration of Life in the lower Langdon Cemetery in Langdon, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon NH or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT.
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Michael Griffinposted November 17, 2023
I remember Hayes Stagner from Jr. High School Basketball. He played for Charlestown and I played for North Walpole. Hayes and his teammate, Steve Shand, were very good players and they handed us our only home loss at our new school gym. I played against Hayes again when he and Shand played for Charlestown High School and I played for Bellows Falls High School.
Although I never saw Hayes after high school, I would check his name on the net from time to time. Shand and I played against each other in 1961-62, while he played for an Airforce base team and I played for Cape May Coast Guard. I remember Hayes as a good basketball player and a good kid. I send my condolences to his family.