Ted Hayden

Edward Walter "Ted" Hayden OBE


Ted Hayden died peacefully on 19 November 2013 at the age of 86 and a Service of Thanksgiving for his life was held on 19 November 2013 at Breakspear Crematorium.

Ted was a willing volunteer who was made an OBE for his Scouting services and was a "proper Pinner person".  He was born in Cheam, Surrey, in October 1927 and moved to North Harrow on his marriage to Grace in 1953, who he met while they were were both working at Scout Headquarters.  This started a lifetime together in Scouting for Ted and Grace, called "a great team" by their friends, who were in awe of their formidable organisational skills to get things done.  They moved to Cecil Park in Pinner in 1971.

One of Ted's favourite sayings was that "the difficult can be done immediately, the impossible may take a bit longer".

Ted was a Scout Leader and then District Commissioner for Roxeth until 1968.  He continued working at Scout Headquarters until he retired in 1992 as Deputy Chief Executive Commissioner.  As secretary to the Chief Scout's Advance Party from 1963 to 1966 he was instrumental in the changes that got rid of the big hats, the shorts and the "boy" from scouts.

His daughter, Carol, said "For him, scouting was an opportunity for all young people, whatever their background, to be able to develop skills, appreciate the outdoors and grow in confidence and self-reliance".

He organised several international jamborees and conferences and, as a lover of brass band music, he started the annual National Scout Band Festival, and helped to organise the Pinner Association summer band concerts.

He was made an OBE in 1989 for his services to Scouting and, on retirement, until 2000 he was County Chairman and then made a County Vice-President.

He was a proper Pinner person.  He was always willing to volunteer for work that would both entertain and assist the community. He was a tall man of goodly proportions with a deep strong voice - just what was needed when helping to organise a crowd of people. He joined the Pinner Association and served on its Committee and then as its Chairman from 1989 to 1992.

He will be missed by family, friends and colleagues alike.

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