Deep loss: Robert Seth Hayes, Oct. 15, 1947 – Dec. 21, 2019

Robert Seth Hayes enjoys a visit to Buffalo’s Botanical Gardens.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved friend, father and grandfather Robert Seth Hayes. Seth transitioned Saturday morning, Dec. 21, 2019, in his own home at the age of 72. Seth devoted his life to fighting for freedom, justice and peace. We will forever miss his uncompromising spirit, love, gentleness and grace. We will honor his legacy every day in our lives and communities.

Myaisha grew up knowing her grandfather well. This is our oldest photo of the two of them.

A memorial will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo, N.Y., and the burial services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 11:45 a.m. at St. Matthews Cemetery, 180 French Rd, West Seneca, N.Y. Please share with anyone who would like to know and to attend and celebrate Seth’s life. 

If you would like to travel from New York City to Buffalo for the services, please contact Dave George (

If you are able to, please consider making a donation to Myaisha Hayes through PayPal ( or through the Venmo app (@Myaisha-Hayes-1) to help cover the funeral costs. We appreciate the tremendous love and support.

With Love,

Seth’s Family & Friends