Fort Washington, MD — Prominent Maryland breeder and owner Ralph Hayward passed away October 21, 2012.
Mr. Hayward was born April 13, 1930 in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Ralph joined the United States Army at the age of 17 after graduating from Kingston High School, Ralph later switched over to the United States Air Force to continue his service. While serving his country, Ralph attended Oklahoma A&M College and received a degree in 1951 in Meteorology. While in the United States Air Force, Ralph worked as meteorologist and was cross trained in computers. Ralph retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant after 20 years of service.
While in the military Ralph met his wife Kiyoko (Kit) in 1948 and the two were married in 1950. Together they had 4 children Ralph, Gerald, Vivian, and Kitty. Ralph and Kit had a marriage that had lasted over 62 years.
After retiring from the USAF, Ralph went on to work for Univac as a computer programmer for another 20 years. He also worked as a government employee for the United States Navy and worked at the Navy Yard before retiring.
Mr. Hayward got into the standardbred racing industry in 1979. Over the years he owned and bred many horses. His first foal as a breeder was Go Willie A in 1981. His favorite horse was Billee Bee Brick, whose dam was Ralph’s first broodmare. Over the years in the industry every one of the horses Ralph owned became one of his favorites. His most recent broodmare was Bodacious Bo who he had 4 offspring from.
Ralph Hayward was the President of the Maryland Breeders Association since 2003 and a director of Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association since 1994.
“Ralph was as fine of an example of a hardworking, dedicated horsemen that you would find anywhere in our industry. Horseman, loving husband, loving father what better qualities can a man possess? The Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association and Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association will miss his dedication and contributions.” – Thomas Cooke, President of C.S.O.A.
Mr. Hayward’s other passion in life was bowling. Ralph served as the President of the National Capital Area Association part of the United States Bowling Conference where he was currently serving as treasurer. Mr. Hayward was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 1984. Just like in the Standardbred industry in Maryland, Ralph was highly respected and thought of through out the bowling industry.
Over the years Ralph was a Boy Scout Leader and taught many youth athletic teams.
Ralph is survived by wife, Kiyoko, children Ralph Hayward III (Theresa), Gerald Hayward (Debra), Vivian Hayward (Steve Tittore), and Kitty Moore (Ray), grandchildren Gerald “Bo”, Brooke, Raymond, and Robert.
Mr. Hayward will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements will be posted when they are available.