Frederick W. Hawkins, 89, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to the late Myrtle M. (Cordingley) Hawkins. Born and raised in Everett, he was the son of the late Fred and Ann (Varley) Hawkins and a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1945. As a proud veteran of World War II, he entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and served as a Chief Radio Operator of the Headquarters Company of the 296th Engineer Combat Battalion. His battalion had seen combat action during the invasion of Normandy and Omaha Beach as well as five major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge in 1945, he had attended Burdett College in Boston. Fred had retired after 28 years working as a central office technician for New England Telephone. He enjoyed his retirement traveling the country with his wife Myrtle in their RV. He is survived by his loving children, Dawn Flavell and her partner Hugo DiMartino of East Bridgewater and Daniel Hawkins and his wife Carol of Carver. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Shayne Flavell Nacar, David Flavell, Shawn Herrick and Alan Hawkins; his great-grandchildren, Sadie, Abigail, Samantha and Anthony and his sister-in-law, Joan Cordingley; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ethel (Hawkins) Holt and her husband Freddie Holt, and brother-in-law of the late Harvey Cordingley. By request of the family, all services are private. Donations in his name may be made to the Telephone Pioneers, 1801 California St., 44th Floor, Denver, CO 80202, or to the charity of ones choice. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.blanchardfc.com.
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Published in The Bridgewater Independent from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2012