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Lt. Col. Hayden Adriance Sears, Jr.

Lt. Col. Hayden Adriance Sears, Jr.
  • October 16, 1942 - March 23, 2022
  • Charleston, South Carolina

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“Chers Michèle et Matthew, je viens d'apprendre la triste nouvelle du décès de Hayden et je vous adresse toutes mes plus sincères condoléances....Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Tatiana Benedetti - Friend

“Je viens d'apprendre la triste nouvelle. Vous restez Hayden, Michèle et Mathieu, à jamais dans nos coeurs et nos mémoires. Mes sincères...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Fabiano - Friend

“It is with a deep sadness that we learned today the death of our friend Hayden. The departure of a loved one breaks the hearts, even those that are...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Silvano & Cecilia Benedetti

“Je suis sincèrement désolée d'apprendre le décès de Hayden. Je vous embrasse avec tendresse, Michèle et Mathieu. Valeria Benedetti ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Valeria BENEDETTI - Friend

“In loving memory of a wonderful gentleman, friend and neighbor. We will love you and miss you always. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Yemi Etta - Friend

“Hayden was an even-keeled and positive spirit. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Chris Sims - Princeton, NJ

“I am deeply saddened by hearing of the passing of my cousin Hayden. He was always a kind and cheerful member of our family. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Averill Corkin - St George, UT


Lt. Col. Hayden Adriance Sears, Jr., 79, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Michele Marie Noelle Sears, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. His graveside funeral service will be held Friday, March 25, 2022 in the Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street at 12:00 pm. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

Hayden was born October 16, 1942 in Watertown, New York, son of the late Colonel Hayden Adriance Sears, Sr. and Catherine Bradley Averill Sears. Hayden descended from a long line of distinguished military officers dating back to the American Revolution. He and his sister, Cathie, enjoyed many adventures throughout Europe as children and loved spending time with their grandparents at their home in Lake Mahopac, NY. He attended The Delbarton School (Class of 1961), earned his BA from Franklin & Marshall College, and his Master's in Computer Science at St. Mary's University. He spent 27 years in the United States Air Force which took him to California and San Antonio, Texas where he met and married his wife. Shortly thereafter, his only son was born before the family relocated to Belgium for his assignment as the Senior American Officer at the NATO Programming Centre. After 8 years in Belgium, he returned to the United States and was stationed at the Pentagon until his retirement. Subsequently, Hayden spent many years as a private contractor for the government.

He was a gifted golfer, talented tennis player, an avid reader, and an extraordinary storyteller. One of the highlights of his later life was attending the 2011 Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden where his brother-in-law, Christopher A. Sims, was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, Hayden is survived by his son, Mathew Sears (Leane Key) of Charleston, SC; sister, Catherine Sims (Christopher) of Princeton, New Jersey; and his nieces and nephews.