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In Loving Memory of

Gary "Duke" Hawken

1935-2020

Obituary of Gary "Duke" Hawken

Gary"Duke" Hawken peacefully passed away on Wednesday April 22, 2020, at the NHS-St. Catharines Site. He was 84 years young. He leaves his wife Geraldine “Gerry”, who happily spent 52 inspiring years together; and also his children and their families; Lisa (Wes) Staples and their children Breaden and Chloe, Brenda (Jessica) Hawken and their children Cheyenne and Tyler, Sherri Hawken and her daughter Lauren Cumpson, Ryan (Jess) Hawken and their children Riley, Alana and Charlotte. Throughout his life he remained close to and enjoyed spending time with his siblings as well, brother Robert (Mary) Hawken, also his sister Karen (Doug) Dalby and finally his late brother Peter (Barb) Hawken.

Duke's first job was delivering prescriptions from Falls Pharmacy. He then moved on to work for the railroad for several years before settling into his career at Ford Motor Company. At the time of his death, Duke had been retired for 26 years. Throughout his life he had many hobbies including gardening and working outdoors. He loved to golf and would tell you that the cost of a round was only $1.25 back when he started golfing in 1955. He volunteered his time as a youth hockey coach and spent numerous hours in his volunteer work with his church. Duke lived a full life and was beloved by many friends and family.

In accordance with Duke’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133). A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. The family would appreciate donations made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared on Duke’s tribute page found at EssentialsNiagara.com.

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Peter Rinaldis
2 years ago

Dear Gerry our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the passing of Duke, he was truly a great man in the time we have known him. Love Peter & Nancy

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Janis Lilley
2 years ago

Dear Gerry and family, so sorry to hear of Duke’s passing. Many fun memories of Brooks Crescent and how the kids used to run across the street to visit. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Marg and Wally Hamilton
2 years ago

Gerry & Family ;Our thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow, May your memories be a source of comfort ..

Marg and Wally Hamilton
2 years ago

GERRY & FAMILY; Our thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow , May your memories be a source of comfort ,

Charlotte & Don Buckle
2 years ago

Don and I were so shocked and saddened to hear the news of Dukc’s passing. We all had such good times together. Great neighbours and great friends. RIP Duke. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you Gerry and your family. We are going to send a donation to the Salvation Army in Duke’s name. God bless you.

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Don and Paula Buckle
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss. I have lots of great memories as a young boy looking up to your dad (literally!). I was fascinated that he used a brush to put on shaving cream…the things kids never forget. Our thoughts are with all of you, my original friends

Cheryl Tegg
2 years ago

I am so sorry to hear Of the loss of such a good man. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. Hugs to you Geraldine. I wish I could be there. Love always and know I am thinking of you.❤️❤️

Linda Dueck
2 years ago

Remembering all of you . Please accept my deepest sympathies at this time. Cherish your memories of a life well lived.

Dorothy Hall
2 years ago

My deepest sympathy to all the family.
He will be sadly missed.

Gloria & Lucian
2 years ago

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Our condolences to all the family.

Gloria & Lucian
2 years ago

We are so sorry to hear this sad news, our condolences to all the family.

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