Robert A. Hawes

Robert A. "Bob" Hawes, age 78, of Rockland, formerly of Weymouth, died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Son of the late Ralph and Florence (Price) Hawes, he was born and raised in Quincy. Robert served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Amvets Post 72, Buffalo New York. He was a well known and respected professional in the automotive business where he began his career as a Ford mechanic and moved into senior management. In his retirement he enjoyed tending his gardens, traveling with his wife, helping his neighbors with his handyman skills and spending time with his cats Bigsby and Lucky. Robert is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elaine T. (Shunstrom); loving father of Wendy A. Vaillencourt of Whitman, Robert A. Hawes Jr. of Rockland, Richard C. Hawes of Boston and Ronald T. Hawes of Weymouth. He was brother of Ralph Hawes of Florida, Thelma Hynes of Maine, Hollis Hawes of Va., and Sandra Robinson of Weymouth and the late Gerald Hawes. He is also survived by 7 grandsons and 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Bob's life was held Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Leisurewoods clubhouse on Leisurewoods Drive, Rockland. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts. Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home is honored to have assisted the Hawes family with the arrangements. To share a memory on Robert's Tribute page, visit

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Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home
135 Union Street Rockland, MA 02370

Published in The Abington Mariner from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17, 2013