HAWIE Robert Hawie, age 69, of Stratford, passed away on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009. He was a lifelong area resident. Born to Gabriel and Adele Hawie on October 22, 1939 he leaves behind his beloved wife of 42 years, Ann Hawie, and their five children: Donna Weller and her husband Karl, Joseph Markus and wife Patty, Marcy Gonski and husband Brian, Elizabeth Griswold and husband David, and Michael Hawie and his wife Erin, as well as 13 grandchildren: Kirk, Kyle and Karl Weller Jr.; Megan, Ryan, and Colin Markus; Haily, Bryzy and Kaly Gonski; Khrysty, Stephany, and Nik Griswold; and Gabriel Hawie. He is also survived by his loving sister, Eleanor Lesser, of West Virginia, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by another sister, Gladys Walker. Robert Hawie was the President of The Hawie Manufacturing Company and So-Lo Marine. He was an original board member of the Manufacturing Alliance of CT and Chairman & President of The Manufacturing Alliance of Southern CT. He helped shape and guide both organizations for nearly two decades; he also holds a number of industry patents. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed decades in the field hunting pheasant and the like; he has been a member of Pequot Fish & Game Club for most of his life and a long-time member of Fairfield County Fish & Game. He was a life member of The N.R.A. He spent the warmer months boating and offshore fishing with friends and family; he was a long-time supporter of the I.G.F.A. and R.F.A. and has spent half of his life promoting, supporting, and practicing Tag & Release fishing and renewable fisheries management. He was a lifelong member of The Milford Yacht Club. Robert spent a decade of his life racing B & C-class hydroplanes and runabouts with the A.P.B.A. on a national level. He also served in The U.S.M.C., stationed at Camp Lejeune. He was forever a member of The Algonquin Club. Born and raised in Bridgeport, he was a natural supporter of The Barnum Festival and worked for many years with his friends and family volunteering for the organization's charitable efforts. He also orchestrated The Old Fashioned Day in the Park; years earlier a team of mechanics was sent, by Hawie Manufacturing, to make a long-inoperable Seaside Park Carousel run again, for its last time, for a Barnum Festival Celebration in the 1970's. With the help of his wife, Ann, Robert has helped raise countless dollars for St. Vincent's Medical Center. Friends are invited to gather on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford followed by a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport. Friends may call on Wednesday at the funeral home from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to The Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104-2396; (413) 787-2000.
Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2009.