Was born on September 29, 1943, and lived in Pittsburgh for most of his life. He passed away September 6, 2017, at the Oakland VA Hospital. He had been visited by and surrounded by friends and family up until hours before his death. He was the son of the late Rev. Carl and Anne Hays. He is survived by his sister, Carolyn (Hays) Raham; brother, Robert Gray Hays; and three nieces, and countless friends. We have lost a truly remarkable, kind, conscientious man. Thorne served our country in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. His experience in Vietnam was both physically and psychologically painful and it had a large impact on the man he became and the concerns he ultimately supported. Thorne was a member of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh for over 30 years and an active member in their programs, and the Vietnam Veterans Support Group, which was deeply supportive in his healing and growth. He was active and ardent in his support of peace, human rights, environmental and animal concerns, he was a volunteer at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, an Aldo hospice volunteer. Prior to his military service, he worked as a forest firefighter in California. After his service, he graduated from Thiel College in Greenville, PA and Duquesne University with a Master's Degree in History and worked more than 30 years for the Allegheny County Health Department, and became a student in the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning through Carnegie Mellon University. He had a brilliant wit and enjoyed sharing this humor with friends and family. He will be missed by his loving family and friends and all of those whose lives he impacted. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. www.niedfuneralhome.com Service at the funeral home Wednesday 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to go to the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center in Verona, http://www.animalrescue.org/wildlife-rehabilitation-center/ i-found-an-injured-wild-animal/
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PostedSeptember 10, 2017