Obituary: Ralph Richard “Rick” Hayden Jr.


Ralph Richard “Rick” Hayden Jr.

HOLLIS – Ralph Richard “Rick” Hayden Jr., 69, died suddenly of a heart attack on Monday December. 20, 2021. He was born in Wilton on May 31, 1952, to the late Ralph Richard Sr. and Evangeline Mae Hayden, and was the second of seven children. He was affectionately known as “Ricky” by his mother and “Dad” by his grandsons.

After graduating from Mt. Blue High School, Rick met his wife, Caryn. Although a year apart in high school, they never hung out with the same crowd (mainly because Rick was arriving late for school while Caryn, an office assistant, was recording him!) When Caryn was A student at the University of Southern Maine, Rick and Caryn reconnected and never left each other. Rick then attended the Maine School of Art, where he earned a double degree in graphic design and photography. Rick and Caryn married on June 21, 1975 and quickly started their family, having their two daughters, Tasha and Amanda.

One of Rick’s most significant accomplishments was helping to start and grow Door Services, (DSI) Inc, one of New England’s most successful overhead door companies. He was proud that he was able to use his graphic design skills to create the logos for buildings and vehicles. Plus, he was always thrilled to show his grandsons the gates DSI had installed at the Sea Dogs Stadium, one of Rick and Caryn’s favorite places to spend time watching the Sea Dogs. After retiring from CIO, he continued to work for years at Goodwill Industries, where he loved the people he met and worked in the warehouse.

Rick had so many interests and strengths that he passed on to his children and grandsons, the most important being sports. Rick was an exceptional athlete, excelling in baseball and tennis. Although neither of his daughters played tennis and they both only played softball until high school, he was very proud to watch Tasha play soccer, although he didn’t care. a lot of the sport itself. He has never missed any of his college games, at home or away. He was so excited when Hayden decided to play tennis in high school and was honored to see him use his custom racquet which had won him many matches during the doubles era!

Woodworking, fishing, painting, photography, miniature cars, Lionel’s trains, and the guitar, especially Beatles songs, were at the top of the list of other hobbies Rick loved. Over the years he has independently built custom oak cabinetry for their kitchen. When Hayden was born, he was delighted to give her a changing table and desk that he had made and dyed. Rick loved to paint, especially in oils, and it was a love he shared with Ethan. He loved to bring the boys to the Art Museum every year. Some of his photographs were purchased and framed in his family’s doctor’s office, and he even had some once on display at the Portland Art Museum!

Rick enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking and camping in Katahdin with his family when his daughters were young and in the Eustis / Stratton area where the family had long camped. There, the family shared many thanksgiving and celebrations, where Rick enjoyed fishing, canoeing and shooting targets with his two daughters. He was always so happy to learn about Ethan’s love for fishing, gifting him his fly fishing rods for Christmas. He was just as excited when Hayden started his guitar lessons last year. He was proud to pass on one of his acoustic guitars and even had the pleasure of playing some Beatles tunes with Hayden.

Rick was a joker, known to his family and closest friends for his “mosquito face,” a calm listener, winner, and devoted friend. Nothing mattered more to Rick than his family. His wife, daughters and grandsons meant everything to him and everyone who met Rick could hear how proud he was of them.

Rick is survived by his wife of 46 years, Caryn; her child-daughter, Tasha Triance and her husband, Erik, and her grandchildren Hayden and Ethan, of Standish; and her daughter, Amanda Hayden of Biddeford; her mother, Evangeline Hayden of Dryden; sisters Debbie, Becky and Vicki, of Wilton, Michelle of Lancaster, Pa., and brothers James, of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Harold, of San Antonio; as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father; and best friend and brother-in-law, Bill Credicott.

A Service of Life Celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 28 at 2 p.m. at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Chapel, 498 Long Plains Road (Route 22), Buxton. After the service, visitation will be held at the funeral home until 4 p.m. The family requires the mask to be worn, regardless of vaccination status. Online condolence messages can be submitted at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor at

Goodwill industries

from Maine,

34 Hutcherson Drive,

Gorham, ME 04038

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