Bruce J. Hawley
West Otis Construction, LLC
OTIS Bruce J. Hawley, "The Big Guy", 70, of 230 North Main Rd. in Otis, died Thursday at his home.
He was born in Great Barrington, Mass., on January 30, 1943, the son of Henry L. and Laura Bossie Hawley. He was educated in the Otis Schools and was a graduate of Lee High School in 1963.
In his younger years, he was employed as a mechanic at Tibby's Harley-Davidson in Springfield, and Abderhalden Sand and Gravel in Lee. In 1972, he started his own construction business in Otis called the West Otis Construction Co. where he was dedicated to his business. In the winter, he plowed for the Mass State Dept. as well as for the town of Otis.
He was a long time member and past Assistant Fire Chief in Otis, member of the Cincinatus Lodge of Masons in Gt. Barrington, member of Izaak Walton League of America in Otis and first president of the Otis Snowmobile Club.
He loved NASCAR racing and especially Dirt track series, boating, playing horseshoes and bowling. He enjoyed spending time with his family and in earlier years, drag-racing motorcycles.
He leaves his fiance and long-time companion Marianne Gamelli; four step-sons John R. Haggarty of Boulder Creek CA, Bruce M. Haggarty and his wife, Deb Rivkin, of Jamica Plain, MA, Jeffrey L. Gamelli, Jr. and his wife, Melissa Sunshine, of Otis, and Matthew V. Gamelli of Otis; one daughter Linda M. Nolau and her husband, Isaias, of Otis; two brothers, his twin Barry C. Hawley and his wife, Adele, of Lee, and Ronald J. Hawley and his wife, Lee, of East Otis; two sisters Pauline M. Laudon and her husband, William, of Lee and Joyce E. Duris of West Springfield; four grandchildren Shawn R. and Maya L. Haggarty, Ryen J. and Savanna M. Nolau.
He was predeceased by his four brothers Donald, Henry, Richard and Peter, and his two sisters Mary Silkey and Lorraine Dombkowski.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday morning August 13th at 10am at St. Mary of the Lakes Church in Otis, MA with burial to follow in the Otis Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4-7 at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee. Friends wishing may make memorial donations to the Otis Fire Department or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238.
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