William Muir HAWES
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HAWES, William Muir
Retired Lieutenant-Commander, RCN
Passed away peacefully on October 28, 2016 at the age of 70 in Ottawa. Son of the late Elizabeth Simpson Muir and William Thomas Hawes. Bill was born and raised in Montreal where he attended McGill University and graduated from Sir George Williams with a Science degree, majoring in Math and Physics. He will be dearly missed by his half- brother, Douglas Hawes and nephew Barrie Hawes in London, Ontario, cousin Alex Lamoureux in Fox Point, Wisconsin and great-niece Lauren Dawe in Calgary, Alberta, along with many good friends in Canada and the United States. As a Combat Systems Engineer in the RCN, Bill spent much of his adventure-filled career on submarines. It allowed him to see the world, including an exchange with the Royal British Navy and deployment in the Arctic Circle during the Cold War. Described by his Commander as an unfailing futurist, an inquisitive and intensely analytical individual who had a remarkable ability with sophisticated computer systems. When Bill retired from the Navy in 1985, he joined Lockheed Martin, the global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company. He remained at Lockheed Martin for 25 years until retirement in 2011. It was here that he made and retained many special friends. Bill will always be remembered as a caring and thoughtful individual with a wonderful sense of humour. In spite of many health challenges, Bill remained an independent person focused on the world around him. There will be a special celebration of Bill's life in the spring.


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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 12, 2016.
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June 29, 2018
Bill, I hope they play Country and Western music in heaven Steve Foldesi
August 27, 2017
A great friend from Paramax days
Paul D'Auvergne
February 22, 2017
Fare seas and safe harbors mate. I'll miss your thoughtful rebellious spirit and insightful ironic sense of humor.
Tom ROOBROECK
December 18, 2016
One of the best Pirates I ever sailed with, you will be missed Bill !
Collie Vale
November 29, 2016
Dear Bill, you were one of those shipmates I will never forget. Glad to have sailed, stood watch with you, and to have been a travelling companion on occasion when we served in submarines. I fondly recall an escapade or two as well. Bill, I will miss your great sense of humour. Prayers.
David Soule
November 15, 2016
So saddened to hear of Bills passing. My heart goes out to his family. I served with Bill in submarines and worked with him at Lockheed Martin. Rest in peace Bill
Gord Parlee
November 14, 2016
I remember the first time I met Bill so many years ago. Sarcastic, sceptical, and so friendly and helpful to everyone he met. A man who's heart was as big as his smile. Deep condolences to the entire family. Rest in peace.
Glynne Hines
November 14, 2016
My deepest condolences to Bill's family. I have many fond memories of talks (and the odd escapade) with Bill during out time in submarines. He will be missed.
Bill Irvine
November 14, 2016
at sea HMCS PROVIDER - circa 1969 - RN submarine alongside - Bill emerges desperate for loan of a green tie! - he got mine - I send my deepest sympathies to the family
robert hamilton
November 13, 2016
Very sorry to hear of Bill's passing, and my deepest condolences to his family. I knew him from our time in submarines, and had many interesting chats on these new-fangled 'computers' just becoming popular. Always a gentleman, and with a ready smile. Rest in peace, shipmate.
Stuart Glen
November 13, 2016
I will miss Bill, my fellow CSE. May his family know how dedicated a submariner he was. Stand easy dear friend.
Ted Stiles
November 13, 2016
Bill will be remembered as a no-nonsense, unselfish, highly professional shipmate. We at Subron One shared many laughs with him. He was a great friend.
Keith Nesbit
November 13, 2016
Sorry to hear of the passing if Bill. I sailed with him on Okanagan and he was onboard Okanagan during the "Grey Rover Crunch" on 28th July 1973. I remember him for his professionalism and humour. Also worked with him at Paramax/Lockheed Martin and Frigate building days. Rest in Peace Bill, you left way to soon.
Brian Lapierre
November 13, 2016
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We served together on submarines. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a great personality. RIP, Bill, you were one of a kind!!
Richard (Patty) Patterson
November 12, 2016
so sorry to learn of the passing of Bill. i served with Bill on submarines for quite a few years. Great guy with a good sense of humor. my condolences to the family. rest in peace sir.
william Medynski
November 12, 2016
Sincere condolences to the family on the passing of Bill Hawes.
Heather Hubbard Cooper
November 12, 2016
In all the years I knew Bill I never met anyone who didn't like him. He was highly regarded by fellow engineers at Paramax(Lockheed-Martin) and a great guy to be around.
Jim Fisher
November 12, 2016
Bill was a very special individual who had a great love and respect for all life. We became an admirer and a friend because of his deep regard for wildlife.
Donna DuBreuil, Ottawa-Carleton Widlife Centre
November 12, 2016
It was a pleasure to know Bill, we worked together in submarines and at Lockheed Martin. He will be missed in both communities.
Robert Bush
November 12, 2016
Thank you for your past service to our country.R.I.P.
Wayne
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