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.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 12, 2016.