It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father, Andrew Hawkes. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for visiting this page, and to all who have offered their condolences and good wishes - they are gratefully appreciated.

Dad lived a full and interesting life, and his work took him all over the world. He married our mother, Alma Anne McEvoy in 1966 and they settled briefly in Montreal, where he worked for Montreal Engineering. Due to the nature of Dad's work, our family lived in various places in Canada, then in Jamaica and ultimately the United States. After being in Clearwater, Florida for 17 years, Dad and Mom lived in the Philippines, India, Holland, England, then back to the US in Atlanta, and on to Halifax before finally coming back to New Brunswick to retire in 2009.

Although they were based in Florida for many years, our parents loved New Brunswick and moved to Blackville to enjoy retirement. Dad greatly loved the area and especially working on the house and walking around their property.

In addition to the ties with our family in the MIramachi area, Dad also had a strong connection with family in the area of St. George and Lake Utopia since childhood, and elsewhere across New Brunswick and Canada. He especially enjoyed staying down at the lake and enjoying the company of family and friends. Dad also liked road trips - in his later years he would drive down almost yearly to Florida to visit us during the holidays, and liked to visit various places across the Maritimes.

As many of you may know, Dad wasn't content to sit still long in retirement. He was involved in local groups shortly after getting established in Blackville, beginning with the MRDC Committee. After our mother Alma passed away in 2013, he ran for the office of the mayor of Blackville and was elected later that year. Additionally, Dad offered support for the regional MLA Jake Stewart during his tenure as mayor. He also served The Josie Foundation and the Greater Blackville Resource Center charitable organizations.

Our thanks go out to all of our family and friends across Canada and New Brunswick, especially those in the Blackville/Renous area - they have helped tremendously during this difficult time, as travel to New Brunswick has currently become problematic. Additionally, the guidance of Father Gerry Laskey of  The Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Blackville and Peter Davidson of Davidson's Funeral Home has been invaluable. We are eternally grateful for your kindness.

In particular, we would like to thank Dad's beloved friend Trudy Underhill - she has been at his side tirelessly, and it has been a great comfort to us to know that Dad enjoyed his later years with someone as wonderful as her for love and support.

We will all miss him greatly and are very sad to see him go, although Dad would not have wanted the foolishness of such a great fuss made about him. He was a pragmatic, eternal optimist with a great wit and sense of humor, and so we will celebrate Dad by remembering the good times we all shared with him.

If you like, please feel free to leave a comment, upload a picture, or just browse the pictures that have been uploaded - more will be added as we find them. The soundtrack is a collection of songs that Dad liked, or that reminded us of him

Thank you for visiting,

Chris, Dan, and Angela Hawkes

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