Hawley F. Waldron Jr. MechanicvilleHawley F. Waldron Jr., 89, of Hemstreet Park, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 5th, at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, following an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident, he was born in Mechanicville, Feb. 19, 1924, son of the late Hawley and Caroline Sipperly Waldron Sr. He proudly served with the US Marine Corps 4th Division in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII. Hawley participated in four landings, including Iwo Jima, where he received the Purple Heart for combat wounds. Hawley witnessed both raisings of the Stars and Stripes while under combat at Iwo Jima. His units received two Presidential Unit Citations and a Naval Unit Citation for their actions in the South Pacific. In civilian life, Hawley was a meat cutter and manager for many years with the former Central Markets and Food Fair, and lastly worked 15 years as a postal clerk for the US Postal Service in Mechanicville. A Patriot, Hawley was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 91 of Mechanicville, the VFW and Marine Corps League both of Saratoga Springs, the DAV of Troy, and the Hemstreet Park Fire Dept. Hawley was a proud and devoted member of St. Luke's Church of Mechanicville. With a contagious smile and booming voice, Hawley lifted the spirits of those around him, ready to sing at a moments notice and loved life to the fullest. His profound love of family and friends was always evident, and his life was that of a happy and contented man. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Lazott; two sons, Michael J. and Hawley Waldron III; brothers, Dave, Frank and Raymond Waldron and sister, Carolyn Herman. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Jeanne Potter Waldron; four daughters, Jane (Joe) Marotto, Joann MacMillan, Mary Perkins and Beth (David) Clements, all of Mechanicville; John, Gary and Jim Potter, Sandra (Dan) McNeil and Beth McNeil; a number of grand and great-grandchildren; siblings, Terry (Kay) of Saratoga Springs, Thomas and Richard Waldron of Mechanicville, Elzora Conway of Latham and Earl (Heidi) of Colonie; along with sisters-in-law, Nancy Waldron and Carol Waldron; nieces, nephews and their families. Hawley's family thanks the staffs at Albany Medical Center, Samaritan Hospital and the Fennimore unit at Schuyler Ridge of Clifton Park for the care, compassion and concern shown to Hawley and his family. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Luke's on the Hill Episcopal Church, McBride Rd, Mechanicville. Burial with military honors at St. Paul's Cemetery. Calling hours at the church on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to either St. Luke's Church or the Hemstreet Park Fire Dept., in loving memory of Hawley F. Waldron Jr. Visit www.devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and for directions.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Nov. 6, 2013