Friday, December 31, 2010

BRANFORD - William H. Haynes, vice president and a director of Arnold Clark, Inc. the company that manufactures and distributes Silly Putty, died at his home Wednesday, June 2, 1976 of a heart attack. Mr. Haynes, 50, was the husband of Judith Haynes of 47 Riverside Drive.
Born in New Haven, the son of Jane and Hubert Haynes of West Virginia, ran the firm's North Branford plant where Silly Putty is manufactured. He was also general manager of Marketing, Inc., Silly Putty's sale and distribution outlet in 22 countries. He was vice president of Marketoy (Canada) Ltd. (the manufacturing and sales company for Silly Putty in Canada).
Mr. Haynes graduated frm the Stone Business College in New Haven and served in the U.S. Navy in the Submarine Division during World War II.
He had been with Arnold Clark, Inc. since it was first organized in New Haven 25 years ago. From his start with the Peter Hodgson organization as shipping clerk, he advanced through the years to become vice president and as an executive supervised the manufacture, distribution, and sales that built Silly Putty into a multi-million dollar industry.
Besides his wife, he leaves four daughters, Carol Spooner of Boston; Patricia Haynes of Inglewood, California; Dawn Haynes of New Bedford, Mass; and Sandra Haynes of Branford, two stepsons, David and James Snipes of Branford; and four sisters, Mrs. Ethel Ralls, Mrs. Mary Bell, and Mrs. Alice Horner, all of New Haven, and Mrs. Edna Brown of Lewisburg, W.Va.
Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dixwell United Church of Christ, 217 Dixwell Avenue. Burial will be in Branford Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in care of Keyes-Williams Funeral Home.
The 1930 U.S. Census for New Haven, Connecticut indicates that William H. Haynes was a "Negro", age 3, at the time of the census. He was the son of Hubert Haynes (33), a chauffeur for a private family and Jane Haynes (29), who was not working. Also in the household are his siblings, Mary (11) and Alice (4) and his maternal grandmother, Mary McVeigh (45 - born about 1885).