Leland Hawes


Longtime Tampa Tribune reporter and columnist Leland Hawes, 83, died May 18, 2013, in Tampa.

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I first met Leland when he wrote a nice column about my book Fifty Feet in Paradise: The Booming of Florida, back in 1984. For many years we served together on the board of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society. It was always a treat to read his long, meaty, history columns in the paper: What a wonderful forum for him to share his extensive knowledge of Tampa and Florida. I am glad they were made available to such a wide and appreciative audience. Like his old friend Hampton Dunn, Leland...

He enriched my life and all of those who knew him. The Tribune could not have selected a better man to preserve and share Tampa's history. He fought like a champ to preserve the Tribune "morgue" of clips and photos when a manager thought they should be discarded. I pray those now at the Trib realize what a treasure he saved - and make use of it. As did others at the Trib who were lucky to know him, I held him in the highest esteem, not only for his knowledge and wisdom, but also for...

My wife and I had the good fortune of enjoying Leland's company over lunch about a week before his unexpected death. While he was suffering from the physical failings associated with getting old, his mind was as bright and alert as ever. We had lost contact with each other since I left the Trib in 1969, but we had spent the past few years catching up on old times--with Leland remembering more stories about those glory days in the newsroom than I could ever recall.
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Having met Mr. Hawes a few times through members of his family, I can honestly say he seemed like a kind and thoughtful person. Very unassuming, but always smiling and soft spoken. I know he will be missed by all of his friends, and family. Rest well Mr. Leland.

Leland was a class act, belittling no one, celebrating what was ennobling in everyone. A quiet man who thereby made us all just a little better.

Lee was a real friend. He will be missed. Jack Scott

Gentleman, newspaperman. That says it all about this special individual.

I remember Lee coming in to Yeomans on Davis Island with his pal, Fred Liddle for lunch when we owned it back in the 90's. I always went over to their table where they would have some humerous tale to tell. Great bloke, great memories!

Leland was the ultimate gentleman and a great teacher by example.