Harold G. Hawkins, 87, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Wednesday morning at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Inpatient Hospice Unit after a brief illness. He was the widower of the former Lillian M. Hill, who died Nov. 16, 2003.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Chester and Hulda Rodney Hawkins, he was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and a former member of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church. He served his country during World War II with the Army as a private first class; he fought in two combat invasions, Leyte in the Philippines and Okinawa, off the coast of Japan. He received the Good Conduct Medal with Clasp, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Asiatic Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of American Legion Post 568, a member of the AARP Golf League and the Commercial League. He worked at Capitol Records for 35 years and then retired from McKinney Products.
He loved and was devoted to his family; he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his dog, Sydney. He enjoyed going to visit his daughter each winter in Florida. He was a fan of the Giants and Yankees, an avid golfer and bowler. He was a kind man and a perfect example of a gentleman.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda Sheerer and husband, James, Avoca; and Cheryl J. Dructor and husband, Anthony, Hollywood, Fla.; four grandchildren, Melissa Preate and husband, Greg, Harveys Lake; Ryan Doran and wife, Kim, Frederick, Md.; Kara Saporito and husband, Danny, Plains; and Laine Martin and husband, Bryan, Danville; five great-grandchildren, Gregory Preate, Kennedie Doran, Brycen Martin, Brody Martin and Daniel Saporito; a sister, Esther Vitale, Clarks Summit; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelly Sheerer.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial 10 in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1221 Prospect Ave., Scranton. Interment will follow in the Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411-9214. Go to www.millerbean fh.com for additional funeral information, directions or to submit an online condolence card.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 1, 2012