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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2001-09-28

"Ward is a tenacious friend"
By Matt Ginella, Sports Illustrated

For those of you who don't know - Ward Haynes accepted a job with Cantor Fitzgerald three weeks ago. His office was on the 101st floor of the first building hit by a plane on Tuesday in the World Trade Center. He has not been heard from since Tuesday morning.

Ward, 35, is a tenacious friend. Knowing he would be leaving SI, he took it upon himself to train me to be his replacement as the golf photo editor in 1996.

It was Ward that taught me how to keep meticulous files and to label every slide. It was Ward that taught me the essence of sending personal prints after every feature shoot as a way of giving back to the athletes and their family.

Before he left he showed me personal letters he had received from Ben Crenshaw, Tom Lehman and Davis Love illustrating his point and how much they appreciated his donation on behalf of photographer and magazine.

By a tenacious friend, I mean, Ward called, on average, three times a week. Sometimes just to say hello - sometimes to comment about Robert Beck's opener, or Jim "Gundo's" Leading Off - sometimes to report to his co-workers what the next cover would be - and sometimes it was to suggest golf story ideas.

On Monday night - his call to my voicemail was to congratulate me on my new job.

"Matty kid, Matty kid - when are you going to hire me as your assistant (laughs) - give me a call pal."

His wife, Ann, and three kids are surrounded by support.

Last Saturday, Sept. 22nd, over 1,400 (not a typo) family members and friends gathered for a memorial service in Rye, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the Haynes Family requests that contributions be made to:
W. Ward Haynes Family Education and Charity Memorial Fund
C/o DeCaro and DeCaro, P.C.
3000 Westchester Ave.
Purchase, New York 10577

Cards or notes can be sent to:
Ann Haynes
8 Ridgewood Dr.
Rye, NY 10580

(Matt Ginella is a picture editor at Sports Illustrated.)


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