Paul Hayden


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Ave.
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Queenship of Mary Church
16 Dey Road
Plainsboro, New Jersey, United States


12:15 pm
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Brainerd Cemetery
22 S. Main Street
Cranbury, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Paul Francis Hayden

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Paul Francis Hayden of Cranbury, New Jersey died peacefully December 15th, 2022.  He was 70 years old.

Paul was full of stories and life. With a wit that made people belly laugh, he loved connection, always taking the extra step to show people that he saw them and they were appreciated. A staunch believer in civic engagement, he taught his daughters the importance of giving back by taking them to volunteer. When delivering food with Meals on Wheels, he would bring each recipient a flower and put it in a vase alongside their best china, and then sit with them while they ate so they might enjoy a moment of happiness and feel like a whole person. These kinds of gestures encapsulate the kind of man he was and the virtues he passed on to his daughters.

Born in Queens, New York and raised in Fords, New Jersey, Paul was the son of Donald and Margaret Hayden and youngest brother to Greg and Kevin Hayden. He was an alumnus of St. Joseph High School of Metuchen and Loyola University (Maryland).

He is survived by his wife Marty Hayden and daughters Jessie, Meg and Sammie also known as his “sweethearts.” He is also survived by his beloved sons-in-laws, Zach Mattheus, Ron Mut and Dave Giancola along with his grandchildren Lucca, Ollie, Bella, Alex and Ruby whom he loved with his whole heart.

Paul was an avid lover of music, books, history, volunteering and coaching, but his greatest love was his family. His legacy is the tight-knit family he created who always felt encouraged, loved and supported. His wit, love, generosity and loyalty will be greatly missed. He is so loved by so many. 

In lieu of flowers please continue Paul’s legacy of giving to others with a donation to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen here: or Mercer County Meals On Wheels:



Wednesday, December 21


Mather-Hodge Funeral Home

40 Vandeventer Ave

Princeton, NJ 08542


Funeral Service

Thursday, December 22


Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church

16 Dey Road

Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536



Following service

First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, NJ

22 S Main St

Cranbury, NJ 08512



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