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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.

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Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2009.
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September 8, 2009
We are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Julie, Michael and Christopher Matinzi
September 4, 2009
Dear Anica & Family!
With herartfelt sympathy and understanding in this time of sadness.
Ági and Molnár family from Hungary
September 4, 2009
Dear Anica & Family!
With herartfelt sympathy and understanding in this time of sadness.
Ági and Molnár family from Hungary
August 30, 2009
Dear Anica & Family!
Sadly heard the passing of your husband Bob!
You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as you move through this most difficult time.
With deepest sympathy
Gyuszi & Adel!
Julius Szakacs
August 27, 2009
To the Hawie Family, Bob will be missed in many ways and on many levels. Our family's have had a working relationship for 20 years and a friendship for the entire time. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Michael Fatse
August 26, 2009
Rest in Peace, Bob, and condolences to you Ann. We met in an elevator which was stuck for about an hour and I always remember seeing the two of you at the New York Boat Show, in the old days. Sorry to know Bob is gone.

Larry Lemasters
Larry Lemasters
August 26, 2009
Bob will be missed and I will never forget the friendship we had. He always was eager to help and offer me his assistance. Sea Tow Joe
Joe Frohnhoefer
August 26, 2009
Dear Ann, I was so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. I have the fondest memories of representing both of you and the So-Lo line in the good old days. Jack Barnes Ex Henry S. Gartner & Asso.
Jack Barnes
August 26, 2009
Dear Beth and Family,
So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Only wish I had the opportunity to meet your dad as he sounds like he was a wonderful caring human being. I'm sure this is a trait you gained from him.
Our deepest sympathy,
Bill & Lori Onofrio and family
Lori & Bill Onofrio
August 26, 2009
Dear Ann,
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts.
Joan Buffa
August 26, 2009
Ann and Family
Bob was a great friend for many years. Our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jim, Denise, Deena
Jim Smith
August 26, 2009
Beth and Marcy,
Condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave & Karla Hall
Dave Hall
August 26, 2009
Dear Ann and family: My condolences to you all on the passing of Bob. My earliest memories go back to the early 80's when I carried the entire SoLo line in my marine store in Stratford, CT. Bob was easy to work with and I have missed my connection with the family. Again, my sympathies are with you and its been a privlege to have known Bob.
Betsie Dana
August 25, 2009
Mr. Bob Hawie,

I thank you for the many years of wonderful memories that you leave with us. My family and I are appreciative for the compassion you showed not only to my parents as their employer and landlord, but to the friendship you provided to all of my immediate family at some point or another. From the day our house burned down and you helped us by giving us a place to live on N. Washington Ave, to allowing us later to live in the Lindley Street house in n affordable manner, to providing your kind words and support way when our dad passed away. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends that you leave behind. May the best of memories bring comfort to all.
With love, Omayra Rodriguez-Bauza and the Rodriguez Family
Omayra Bauza
August 25, 2009
To Ann and Family,

My deepest sympathy for the loss of Bob Hawie. He will be missed.
Maria Teresa Rodriguez
August 25, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Carmen Agosto
August 25, 2009
Dear Marcy, Beth and family. We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayer go out to you and your entire family.

Deepest Sympathy,
Jeff, Sue, Jeff Jr & Shea Phelan
Jeff Phelan
August 25, 2009
Dear Ann & Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
We will always remember the good times dancing to his 50's 45's.
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and the family.

Much Love
Bill & Joan Kirkby
Bill Kirkby
August 25, 2009
Bob - your warm, wonderful smile and easy going manner will be greatly missed! my love and sympathy to Ann and all your loved ones.
Tina Marie Ostrowski
August 25, 2009
I am deeply saddened to hear that Bob is gone. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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