William H. Hawkes (Bill) of Rochester, formerly of Fairhaven, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 8th at home with his loving wife, Lorraine by his side. He was also the husband of the late Marilyn Y. Hawkes.
Born in Richmond, Virginia and brought to Massachusetts as a foster child by William and Irene Hawkes, later adopted by John and Neva Smith. Bill grew up in Fairhaven, graduating from Fairhaven High School in 1951. Even though being accepted into the Coast Guard Academy, Bill enlisted in the Navy. Upon returning from military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Young in June 1957 and proceeded to have two daughters, Cheryl and Pamela. Bill worked for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake for almost 40 years, having started in delivery and working his way through the ranks into management.
After becoming a widower in 1990, Bill spent time playing golf, something he always enjoyed but never had much time for. He became a member of Reservation Golf Club, where he was introduced to his second wife, Lorraine Roy. Moving out to Rochester after their marriage and within a couple of years was able to retire. He then played as much golf as he wanted. Also enjoying yard work and watching sports, rooting on all the Boston teams. Eventually Bill and Lorraine began spending winters in Naples, Florida where they enjoyed the warmer temperatures and of course golfing throughout the winter. They were able to travel to Alaska as a 25th wedding anniversary gift to themselves.
Bill is survived by his wife, both daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Christopher Correia, and Pamela and Paul Rego, all for Fairhaven, a god-daughter Camdyn Roy of Mattapoisett, Michael, Matthew, and Gerald Morrissey, Renee Bradshaw, Conrad Jr and Jonathan Roy, Becki Maki, Marcie Orr, Ben and Sarah Vial. He also had a special attachment to great nieces Morgan, Maeve, Arden, Stella and Simone, as well as his great nephew, the late Conrad Roy III.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bills name to: Community Nurse Hospice Care, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, 02719.
Bill’s visitation will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial private. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com