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Steamship Authority driver dies

A 68-year-old shuttle driver for the Steamship Authority died while picking up passengers in a Falmouth parking lot, according to a statement from the authority.

Steamship Authority general manager Robert Davis said the vehicle was not moving when the driver, Jack Hayes, died while on duty at the Palmer Avenue parking lot around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hayes had been with the Steamship Authority for the past 10 years, Davis said.

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“Jack was a consummate professional, courteous and kind,” Davis said in a statement. “To lose such a valuable member of our team is difficult. Our thoughts and sincerest sympathies are with his wife and two children at this time.”

The cause of death is not known at this time, according to Steamship Authority spokesman Brad Schiff.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.