ORANGE Deacon Bernard J. Hayden, 73, of Orange, passed away on Aug. 11 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the husband of Mary M. (Willi) Hayden for 19 years.
He was born on April 20, 1936, in Hartford, a son of the late Raymond and Mary Ellen (Murphy) Hayden. He served in the United States Army. He later was the director of information technology at Yale University for more than 33 years until his retirement in 1999. He received one of Yales Seton Elm-Ivy Awards for his instrumental role in developing computer programs that helped people with disabilities to find employment.
He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon on June 13, 1992, by Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin. He served as a deacon at Holy Infant Parish in Orange from 1992 until shortly before his death.
In addition to his wife, his survivors include his children, Bernard Hayden, of Beacon Falls; Brian Hayden, of Tallahassee, Fla.; Daniel Hayden, of East Haven; Mike Duhs and Hugh Duhs, both of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Anna Duhs Horton of Sacramento, Calif.; Christina Duhs Fisher of San Francisco, Calif.; Karen Hayden Brockett of Sarasota, Fla.; Brenda Hayden Toren of Branford; and Maureen Hayden Melillo of East Haven; and two brothers, Raymond Hayden of Niantic and Thomas Hayden of Wethersfield. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Rose Marie (Flagg) Hayden; a sister, Mary Sullivan; and brother, John Hayden.
Auxiliary Bishop Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 15 at Holy Infant Church. Interment followed in Orange Center Cemetery.