HAWKES, Richard (Dick) Francis - At University Hospital in London, Ontario on Thursday, October 22, 2009, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Margie (Warren) Hawkes for 54 years (May 2009). Dear brother of Barbara Krogel (née Hawkes) and her husband Bill Krogel of Sidney, B.C. Predeceased by his parents, Constance (née Bovey) Hawkes and Col. Francis Roxborough Hawkes. Cherished uncle of Jennifer Talarico and children Ryan, Blake, Erin and Kelly; Heather Freeman (Rick McFadden); Douglas Krogel (Lori); and Valerie Pryor (Mike) and children Marilee and Matthew. Dear brother-in-law of Martha (Warren) Falls, her late husband Meredith, John Warren and his wife Audrey, all of Montreal. Fondly remembered by cousins Ian Bovey (Diana), Virginia Howe (Jeremy) and Adrian Frith (Catherine), through marriage Nancy (Christopher) Bovey as well as by their families. Great-uncle or adopted uncle to many Bovey and Amsden family members, and godfather par excellence to several, including Barb Amsden and, by extension, her husband John White. Richard will also be missed by the extended Warren and Falls families, especially London-based niece Betsy Hamilton, and her children Anne, Kimberly and Rob Hamilton and their father Doug. Seen by many as the quintessential gentleman of British descent, Richard was born and raised in his early years in Karachi in what is now Pakistan, before attending school in England. After obtaining degrees in arts and law from Cambridge University, he served in the Home Guard during World War II, then showed an entrepreneurial streak in London with college friends. In the late 1940s, he joined Sun Life, where he worked for over 37 years. His early career was spent travelling parts of the Middle East and South-east Asia and included meeting Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Mount Everest fame. Richard returned home to Montreal with seven Persian carpets on his shoulder and a long scarf round his neck to continue working at Sun Life with his uncle, Quentin Bovey; his cousin Audrey's husband, John Amsden; and John Amsden's future brother-in-law John Badham. Richard moved with Sun Life from Montreal to Toronto and, after retirement, to London, Ontario where he continued with his hobbies of gardening, bird photography, golf and bridge. Those who knew Richard appreciated his gentle sense of humour and loved his witty letters and cards, which he and Margie almost invariably signed together from 'your sainted aunt and wicked uncle'. Special thanks to his kind caregivers, Charlotte Knowles and Marilyn Spiruda, and warm thanks to the staff at Highview Residences and, latterly, to the kind and caring nurses and other staff at University Hospital (London). Friends may call on Friday, October 30 from 7-9 p.m., at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London. A memorial service will be conducted at Riverside United Church, 451 Dunedin Drive, London on Saturday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. Cremation with interment in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 555 Southdale Road East, Suite 100, London Ontario N6E 1A2 or to London Health Sciences Foundation, Palliative Care, 747 Baseline Road East, London N6C 2R6 would be gratefully acknowledged.
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