Gary L. Hawkins

TURNERS FALLS - Gary L. Hawkins, 70, of 41 I St. died Thursday (2-13-14) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after a brief illness. His family was by his side.
Born in Alliance, Ohio on Feb. 26, 1943, Gary was the son of Donald S. and June Marie (Funkhouser) Hawkins. He graduated from Columbia High School in Richland, Wash. in 1960.
He married the former Cynthia A. Wickline on February 26, 1967.
Gary was a captain at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and was the head of the I.C.E. team until he retired on Feb. 26, 2013. He previously was head of Transportation and the liaison for the Vermont inmates. He worked for the Sheriff's Office for 42 years.
He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Forrestal during the Cuban Missile Crisis at Guantanamo Bay.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed taking long strolls with his wife Cindy. He had a special relationship with his 8-year-old grandson Aiden, whom he adored. One of their favorite pastimes was to build LEGOs together.
Gary also enjoyed attending gun shows and traveled with his family each year to Ogunquit, Maine, where they loved to walk the Marginal Way together. He looked forward each year to cookouts and Christmas with extended family, where he would entertain everyone with his dry wit and discuss numerous topics at length. He loved animals and could fix just about anything. He was always there for friends and family.
Among his survivors, Gary leaves his wife of 47 years, his daughter, Nicole Kelly and her husband Michael of Turners Falls, his grandson, Aiden Kelly, his brother, Donald L. Hawkins and his wife Elaine of Richland, Wash., a brother-in-law Stearl Wickline Jr. and his wife Linda of Turners Falls, his nieces and nephews, Jennifer McMurphy-Miller, Justin Hawkins, Tracie Quigley and Cody Wickline, and extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Thursday 2/20/14 at 10 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls. Burial will follow at Springdale Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Kostanski Funeral Home
1 Kostanski Square Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863–2447

Published in The Recorder on Feb. 17, 2014