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Jimmy's widow and brother give touching speeches at memorial

Published August 30, 2021 at 3:07 PM
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Jimmy Hayes, who died suddenly last week at the age of 31, was remembered by family, friends, and hockey fans at St. Ann's Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two small kids, Beau and Mac. Kristen was the one who paid a moving tribute to her late husband.

"I can't believe I'm standing here a month after our three-year wedding anniversary, my beloved Jimmy. You were unquestionably the greatest. There isn't a better way to describe it "said the mother of two.

"Your entire existence revolved around the boys and me. 'Hi big mama,' or 'Big momma looking hot,' would wake me up every morning. You expressed regret that the boys would have to wait in the school pickup line with the attractive mother "she continued, taking a break from her remarks.


"I'll do my best to fill your shoes, but I know it'll be difficult," she added, adding that "the little things I'll miss the most, like the sound of your voice... and the 8 p.m. high-five after the kids had gone to bed"

On August 25, an autopsy was done, but the official cause of Hayes' death is still unknown.

"Before going to bed, Beau says, 'Goodnight daddy,' while he looks at the backdrop of my phone [which has a picture of Jimmy]. I adore you,' she says." Kristen went on. "You were my soulmate and Beau and Mac's best father. I'll make certain they are aware of our love tale."

"Heaven has gotten an angel," Kristen added.

Kevin, his brother, had an emotional message as well.

"He helped us in any way he could as a brother. Every interaction with him was filled with love and happiness "he stated "He helped us in any way he could as a brother. Every connection with him was filled with laughter and excitement."

Several local fans planned a sticks raised tribute as part of the memorial

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