Donald "Don" Hawk
West Melbourne, FL
Donald "Don" Hawk, 92 years young, passed away peacefully at home, March, 17, 2014.
He was born on February 14, 1922 in Greensburg, PA, the oldest son of five to Hiram and Bessie (Pershing) Hawk. He graduated from Greensburg Salem H.S. in 1940, and then started his 38 1/2 year career at Armour & Company. In 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army
and served 27 months in the South Pacific. His campaigns included: the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Phillipine islands. After returning home from active duty, he joined the Army Reserves and continued working at Armour in Greensburg, PA and also had a license in Real Estate. He was called to active duty reserves and stationed in England, Wales by the Sea for less than a year in 1951, along with his wife Sally and his six week old daughter, Carol. He continued with Armour until
1969 then got promoted and moved to McKees Rocks, PA '69-'73. He was then promoted and moved to Gaithersburg, MD from. '73-'77, then was promoted once again and moved to Liverpool, NY and worked in Syracuse from. '77-'79 before retiring as Regional Sales Manager of N.Y. State.
He met his wife Sarah "Sally" Raver from Irwin, PA in 1946 at Mt. Odin Golf Course in Greensburg. PA and they were married on February 7, 1948 until Sally's passing on August 16, 2003: a total of 55 1/2 years together. They became the proud parents of three daughters and a son from 1951-1965. After retiring from Armour in 1979, Don and his family moved to West Melbourne, FL, three days before Hurricane David and its eye stormed over Melbourne. Don semi-retired and worked five years for ABC Liquors retiring in 1987 as Store Manager, Melbourne.
Over the years, Don was actively involved with the following organizations: American Legion life member since 1945, served two years as Post Commander Post 318, Greensburg '67'-'68, VFW
#4206, Elks #1744, Moose #1406, President, Space Coast Pittsburgh Club, Friends and Newcomer (FAN) Club, Melbourne Men's Golf League, PAFB
Men's Golf League, Melbourne Civic Theater, Palm Bay United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church and the last ten years at Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd.
He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, spending time with family, church, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bowling, traveling, organizing many golf trips, cruises and social functions for the various organizations and social clubs he was a member of, lending a helping hand to others, especially all their. friends who were widowers, but most of all attending his grandchildren's sports and academic functions.
He was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and extended family to many. He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Carol Hawk Greco, Imperial, PA; son, Thomas Hawk (deceased); daughter, Susan Hawk, West Melbourne; and. daughter, Donna Hawk, West Melbourne; five grandchildren, Christopher James, wife Alanna, Greg James, wife Stacey, and Ben James, Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah Hawk and fiance Tyler Dunn, Evan Hawk, West Melbourne, FL; three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Kendall and Karnryn James, Pittsburgh, PA; sister, Dorothy McKenn.ey, Palm Coast, FL, three brothers (all deceased) William and Robert Hawk of Greensburg, PA, James Hawk, Auburn, CA.
A. Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March, 29, at the Presbyterian Church, of the Good Shepherd, Florida Ave, Melbourne, FL at 11 a.m.
Reception to be held afterwards in Church Social Hall, followed by Interment at Florida Memorial, Rockledge, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial or monetary contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL.