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Obituary (OR): George Frederick Hawkes Jr. '55

Posted on 03/16/2018

George F. Hawkes

September 4, 1932 January 28, 2018 George Hawkes passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oreg. He was 85 years old. He was born to George and Anne Hawkes in Stafford Springs, Conn., and grew up on a farm in Coventry. He loved sports and played baseball and football in high school, college and with company sports teams. George received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Connecticut. He played football there and at the Naval Academy and received his Master's degree from the University of Pittsburg. He was an engineer at Westinghouse, an engineering manager at Murray and a plant manager at Crouse-Hinds and Siemens. He worked in plants in CT, PA, VA, and CA. He had a reputation for his unique management style and problem solving abilities. He also helped to write the electrical codes for our country. He loved to travel and upon his retirement spent many years crossing the country in an RV with his wife and "gypsy partner," Anne, who was game for whatever he wanted to do and let him be himself. He made many friends on his journeys before settling in Southern CA and later on the coast of OR. In his later years he enjoyed watching the UConn Huskies, Jeopardy and eating out with his friends. His friends and family will miss his daily "chats" and political emails as he was a proud patriot. He was a straightforward man and if he thought something, everyone else knew it. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anne Hawkes of Coventry, Conn.; his sister, Betty Grenon of Bellevue, Nebr.; and his first wife, Linda Flagg Stetson of Greenville, Maine. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 42 years, Anne Walton Hawkes; and his three daughters, Judy (Mike) Forman, Patti (Paul) Walton, and Ann (Jerry) Walker of whom he was very proud and loved very much. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Kevin, Alison (Taravella) and Tyler Forman, and Rebecca (Andrews) and Emily Walker; seven greatgrandchildren, three nephews, cousins; and a very special aunt, Betty Borovicka. George loved to watch the waves break on the rocks off the coast of Oregon and his ashes will be spread there at a future date.

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