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HAWKINS, BILL 1927 - 2017 Bill Hawkins, a man known for his warm smile and gentle nature died peacefully in Penticton on April 11, 2017 with family by his side. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday in the typical Hawkins style with his 5 children. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his children, Tom (Susan), Katherine, Kerry (Todd), Mike, Chris (Cathy) and grandchildren, Nicole, Luke, Jason, Jessica, Ethan, Steven, Sean, Amy and Lily, his sisters, Mary and Paddy and many more extended family. He was predeceased by his wife Sheila, sister Margie and brothers Bud and Jack. Bill was born on February 15, 1927 in Brantford, Ontario. Like many young men of the day, Bill volunteered to serve his country in 1945 in the footsteps of his two older brothers, one of whom, Bud, was killed in action in Italy in the battle of Ortona. Following the war Bill embarked on a career in finance and eventually the lure of the west coast led him to Victoria, BC. There he discovered his love of sailing on Cadboro Bay. On a road trip to San Francisco in 1955 to visit his sister he met the love of his life, Sheila. They married in 1956 and with stops in Edmonton and Saskatoon, Bill and Sheila eventually settled in North Vancouver with their five children. Bill had an entrepreneurial spirit and successfully opened and operated a marine business in Vancouver. After spending their early retirement years in North Vancouver, Bill and Sheila left the west coast for sunny Penticton in 2003. Bill enjoyed woodworking, golf and visits with all his family. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He is fondly remembered for his caring disposition and compassionate spirit. A celebration of Bill's life will be held by family at a later date. Messages may be sent to the family care of www.everdenrust.com Everden Rust Funeral Services 250-493-4112
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