Hi all... Please take some time and enjoy this extended version of my Dad's biography...
ROBERT (BOB) WILLIAM JAMES HAWKINS
February 13, 1930 - December 16th, 2012
Robert William James Hawkins, passed away on Sunday December 16th, 2012, at 9:30am in the morning at the age of 82 at the North Shore Hospice, North Vancouver.
Robert valiantly fought lung and brain cancer for many months. He died peacefully surrounded by family members.
Robert (Bob) was born February 13th, 1930 in Wolseley, Saskatchewan, the eldest child of four, and first son of three, to Leowen Rilley and Robert Arthur Lesley Hawkins.
For 12 years he lived in Saskatchewan. He went to Carrot River Elementary school and lived with his grandparents in town to avoid the 5 mile horse ride to school each day. The family later moved north to White Fox and Nipawan. In 1943 his father got a job in Trail, B.C. and moved the family there. Bob went to Trail High School. There he met his wife, Shirley May Hawkins (nee Oliphant).
Bob and Shirley were married in Trail in 1957 and later moved to Calgary in 1959 where Robert studied at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and received training for an adventurous career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Bob's career spanned over 35 years.
After graduating from SAIT Bob and his family lived in Calgary, where he worked for Pacific Western Airlines. Hearing rumours about potential layoffs, Bob left PWA, moved his family to Edmonton and starting working for Associated Helicopters. Later, Bob returned to work with Pacific Western Airlines, which soon became Canadian Airlines, and then Air Canada. In1971 Bob moved his family back to Calgary where he remained for 38 years.
Bob's work in the aviation industry spanned over 35 years and took him to places such as North West Territories, Baffin Island, and mining camps in Norman Wells. He was proud to be a part of working on the the Dew Line Trail.
Bob's 's job within the Airline Industry had great perks. Bob and Shirley enjoyed travelling all over the world. Among their travels were trips to Great Britain, Rome, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico and Hawaii to name just a few. Bob loved talking about every detail of each trip. His memory of them was vivid and the stories funny, interesting, educational and historical.
When Bob wasn't working he was actively involved, since 1974, as a member of the Masons, in both Calgary and Vancouver. He was very involved in activities with the Anglican Church in Calgary.
After his loving wife, Shirley, passed away, Bob decided it was time to live out on the West Coast. He sold his house and moved to North Vancouver in 2009 where he found an apartment with an amazing view of downtown Vancouver and “his” Victoria Park.
During the 3 ½ years he lived in North Vancouver he became very active in many activities at the North Shore Neighbourhood House, such as bus tours and tai chi, as well as at John Braithwaite Community Centre. Of particular joy was his membership in the John Braithwaite Men's Club, where every week a group of great guys got together to travel about town like tourists, participate in cooking classes, or play games of Wii or bowling . This new comraderie with the North Shore Tai Chi & Qigong Group, Men's Club, the Cardiac Class, and the Weight Room at John Braithwaite was his new lifeline in this new town.
Bob is predeceased by his loving wife of 51 years, Shirley Hawkins (2008), brother Ronald Hawkins (2003), sister Vay Oliphant (1985), & daughter-in-law, Matia Hawkins (2011).
Bob is survived by three sons and two daughter in laws: Scott (Cheryl), Colin, & Grant (Josie); grandchildren: Robert, Karah, & Sean; great-grandchildren: Kalebb & Tristan; brother Allan Hawkins (Sonja) &family, sister-in-law Kay (the late Ronald) & the family of the late Vay & Bill.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on January 14th, 2013 at St. Agnes Church, located at 530 12th Street East, North Vancouver. There will be a 10:30 service and a reception at 11:30am. We hope you'll join us.