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“Karen, Russell, & Melissa, Jack & Doris - I ache over the sadness this brings and want each of you to know I express my deepest condolences...Read More »
1 of 97 | Posted by: Ken Comer

“One of the best loved people I have ever been around. The Hawk always had a friendly smile and handshake for everyone he met. I know the big Lefty...Read More »
2 of 97 | Posted by: Allen Pritchard

“Doris, Jack and to Mark's family - How sorry I am to learn of your loss. I have wonderful memories of great times at Elon and they were all with...Read More »
3 of 97 | Posted by: Liz Hickman Gregorek

“Mark was a special guy. I sure enjoyed knowing him in college. I was honored to call him my friend. I am so sorry for the family's loss. Losing a...Read More »
4 of 97 | Posted by: Terrie Schiffman

“Dear Hawk family - our thoughts and prayers go out to you as you grieve your loss - may the times you shared bring you comfort. No one else like, ...Read More »
5 of 97 | Posted by: Kathy Skowron

“I am so very sad to hear of Mark's passing. He was a great person who will be dearly missed by the Elon family! Thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
6 of 97 | Posted by: Joni Joram Veith

“I am sorry for your loss and my thoughts are prayers go out to you and your family. I am proud to be able to call Mark a fraternity brother and...Read More »
7 of 97 | Posted by: Bill Ginn

“I just learned of Mark's passing. We was a great and loyal friend when we were in college and beyond. We had a lot of wonderful, fun times and we...Read More »
8 of 97 | Posted by: Brad Kesler

“Love and thoughts to your family-you were one of a kind and I will miss you, dear friend ”
9 of 97 | Posted by: Jefferson Batts

“I'm sorry for the lost of your loved one. The Bibleadmonishes us to “Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, and he himself...Read More »
10 of 97 | Posted by: Era

“Yesterday's inspiring turn out for Mark was testament to the affection and respect that so many people have for him and the entire Hawkins family. ...Read More »
11 of 97 | Posted by: Steve Mock

“Karen, Russell and Melissa,Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Mark was a wonderful man and will be missed by so many......Read More »
12 of 97 | Posted by: Karen Bradley

“Karen, Russell and Melissa, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Mark was a great man and will surely be missed by so many. Our love and prayers...Read More »
13 of 97 | Posted by: Marylou, Jim, Lauren & James R

“Karen, Russell and Melissa,My heart is with you during this very difficult time. Mark was such a kind, caring, genuine man who everyone loved...Read More »
14 of 97 | Posted by: Carol Mastroianni

“I am so sad for your loss. I look back growing up with Mark as my neighbor and friend ... it was a wonderful time and he will be missed. My prayers...Read More »
15 of 97 | Posted by: Colleen Regan Altavilla

“Karen, Russ, and Mel - Always know he is watching over you..."In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it...Read More »
16 of 97 | Posted by: The Fannings

“Karen,My heart hurts so deeply for you. I wish I could be there to help support you. All my love across the miles. You, Russell and Melissa are in...Read More »
17 of 97 | Posted by: Pam Bolin-Mauro

“Karen, my deepest sympathy to you and your family! There are many memories of warmth, fun and joy! Mark left an infectious imprint of joy with so...Read More »
18 of 97 | Posted by: Holly Greif

“Mark was a great husband, coach and father. Our heart felt sympathy to the entire family during this very difficult time. We feel your pain and...Read More »
19 of 97 | Posted by: Donna Sullivan and Family

“Karen, Russell & MelissaWe are so saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The Lubliner FamilyDebby...Read More »
20 of 97 | Posted by: The Lubliner Family

“Karen & family, words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the loss of your loved one, Mark. My prayer for you is to find comfort for your...Read More »
21 of 97 | Posted by: John Ellis

“Karen, Russell & Melissa,We are so sorry to hear of Hawk's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.Marty and...Read More »
22 of 97 | Posted by: branchfh

“Hawkins Family,Mark is a great person and will be missed, his smile and overall love of life was always something that made me smile. When I would...Read More »
23 of 97 | Posted by: Aaron Kurdyla and Family

“Karen, Russell and Melissa, Our sincere condolences during this most difficult time. The Norcross Family ”
24 of 97 | Posted by: branchfh

“Karen,Russell and MelissaOur thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Philip,Tracy and Matt also want to express their...Read More »
25 of 97 | Posted by: Steve and Gail Spinda

“iam so sorry for for your loss and god don't let people die he is the healer and when people pray god listens so im very sorry for you loss ”
26 of 97 | Posted by: Josie

“Our prayers are with the entire family today during this very difficult time. Love the Bjornson Family of Bound Brook NJ. ”
27 of 97 | Posted by: Gaye Bjornson Lampert

“Karen, Russell and Melissa, Words cannot adequately express the depth of our sadness. We are heart-broken over the loss of Hawk. He was one of our...Read More »
28 of 97 | Posted by: Jimmy, Jodi & Matt Mindnich

“Karen, Russell & Melissa, From grade school through high school, and most especially over the past ten years, I have always admired and respected...Read More »
29 of 97 | Posted by: Eric, Jean & Meghan Rossol - MA

“Words cannot express the deepest sympathy that is felt for the entire Hawkins family. I do not think there is one person who met Mark and did not...Read More »
30 of 97 | Posted by: Kristin (Stump) Eberhardt

“Karen, Russell, and Melissa,Our sincerest sympathies for your loss, I know that Heaven gained an angel and Mark will be with all of you always. He...Read More »
31 of 97 | Posted by: the imrays

“Karen, Russell and Mel, We are so sorry to hear about Mark and are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! Keep the good times close to your...Read More »
32 of 97 | Posted by: The Ward Family

“Karen, Russell & Melissa ~ we were so saddened to hear the news of Mark's passing. Such a wonderful man and truly a proud dad, husband and...Read More »
33 of 97 | Posted by: Lisa Scarlata

“Karen, Russell and MelissaThere are no words to express how deeply sorry Chris and I are for what has happened to your family. Mark was such a great...Read More »
34 of 97 | Posted by: Kim and Chris Peterson

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Hawkins family during the painfully sad time! Continued prayers for Peace and Healing! ”
35 of 97 | Posted by: Becky Spiegel

“Mark was taken way too early and it hurts. We struggle to understand how such a kind, generous, thoughtful, loving mancan be taken from his family,...Read More »
36 of 97 | Posted by: Livermorem@gmail.com

“Karen, Russell & Melissa,I don't think I ever knew anyone who was prouder of his family or spoke of them more. You all clearly were his world. I...Read More »
37 of 97 | Posted by: Nancy Mulhearn

“Karen, Russell & Melissa,Sorry for you loss. I know Mark from the Gym (Optimum Health) for just a short period of time. He is just a "Great"...Read More »
38 of 97 | Posted by: Rocky Ganta

“Karen, Russell and Melissa, Thinking about your family and sending prayers....Hawk was a great guy, May he now Rest in Paradise in the loving arms...Read More »
39 of 97 | Posted by: Trinidad

“Dear Karen, Russell & MelissaWe are so very saddened by your loss. May you and your family find joy and comfort in the many wonderful memories...Read More »
40 of 97 | Posted by: Carol and Ben Lewis

“Karen, Russell, Mel-We are so sorry for your loss. What a tremendous man! You think of Hawk and a smile comes to your face. Some special memories...Read More »
41 of 97 | Posted by: Pete Pearlman

“"Only the good die young" never truer then now-Hawk was a great man, full of life with a smile and laugh that lite up the world. His joy for life...Read More »
42 of 97 | Posted by: Kim Grande

“Dear Karen, Russ and Mel - we are deeply sorry for your loss. Mark was a great guy and will be missed. The entire Bridgewater Baseball &...Read More »
43 of 97 | Posted by: Diane Bellinger

“Karen, Russell, and Mel, Andy and I cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have such good memories...Read More »
44 of 97 | Posted by: Jennifer Ciaburri

“Our deepest sympathies to Karen, Russell, & Mel. My heart breaks for you as I know only too well what you are going through. Our prayers are with...Read More »
45 of 97 | Posted by: Patty Tighe

“I used to live across the street from Mark and his family when he was a kid growing up. I am so very sorry and sad to hear this. Mark's brother...Read More »
46 of 97 | Posted by: Mimi Chen

“Mark...a totally unique combination of all the right stuff. A blessing that might have made a lesser man feel privileged or elevated. Easy to look...Read More »
47 of 97 | Posted by: Tony Anzivino

“To the Hawkins family,I only knew Mark growing up and playing sports. His dad coached our Little League team and our last season we went undefeated....Read More »
48 of 97 | Posted by: Kevin Duffy

“"And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,Bear you on the breath of dawn,Make you to shine like the sun,And hold you in the palm of His Hand." My...Read More »
49 of 97 | Posted by: Donna Guthrie

“Karen, Russ and MelMark will be missed and remembered by so many in so many ways . For our family Mike's baseball coach for many years and of course...Read More »
50 of 97 | Posted by: susan chirichello

“Karen, Russ and Melisa:I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband/dad was a great guy and he has left us too soon. My prayers are with you...Read More »
51 of 97 | Posted by: Tom Friar

“To the Hawkins Family, We can’t possibly put into words how sorry we are for yourloss and the community’s loss. ...Read More »
52 of 97 | Posted by: Kathleen Austin Kuhn

“Dear Karen,I only knew Mark from High School as popular and a great athlete. Sounds like I missed out on knowing a very special person. So sorry...Read More »
53 of 97 | Posted by: Suellen Jones

“Karen, Melissa, and Russell...Thinking of you during this extremely difficult time...Kelly Schwertfeger(Coach "S") ”
54 of 97 | Posted by: Kelly

“Mark, we will miss you terribly. We don’t understand why you were taken so soon. Know that while you are looking down on Karen,...Read More »
55 of 97 | Posted by: Debbie Migliore

“Dear Karen, Russ and Mel, Words cannot express my deepened sorry for your loss. I will be there for you always. Mark was one of the nicest gentle...Read More »
56 of 97 | Posted by: Susan Foti

“Karen-I was so saddened to hear of Mark's death. Judging by the outpouring of comments made on Face Book, it is clear to me how loved and respected...Read More »
57 of 97 | Posted by: Amy Perasso

“Dear Karen, Russell and Melissa. So sorry to hear about your loss. Mark was truly one of a kind and always made me laugh. We will all miss his sense...Read More »
58 of 97 | Posted by: Robyn Savidge-Ferrante

“The Hawkins Family,We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.Ed, Paula, Dylan,...Read More »
59 of 97 | Posted by: Paula Reilly

“Karen, Russell, and Melissa,Sending you and your family all my love, peace, strength, and prayers. Mark's smile and laugh will be missed by all ......Read More »
60 of 97 | Posted by: Dana Monello

“Karen,Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you and your and your family.John and Karol Scancarella ”
61 of 97 | Posted by: John and karol scancarella

“Tony and Phyllis SinciusKaren, Russell and MelissaWe are so sorry for your loss. I hadn't seen Mark (the Hawkster) for almost twenty years but often...Read More »
62 of 97 | Posted by: Tony Sincius

“Karen & Family; our deepest sympathies on Mark's passing. He was a great person, and will be missed by all who knew him. Remember all the good...Read More »
63 of 97 | Posted by: Steve & Shawn Soriano - NJ

“Karen, Russell, and Melissa,We are sending you all of our strength and love. Mark was such a wonderful man and neighbor. We will miss our...Read More »
64 of 97 | Posted by: The Lo Presti Family

“To the Hawkins Family I went to school with Scott but my memory of Mark is when he worked for my Father Paul Miele at Michael James Cleaners. He...Read More »
65 of 97 | Posted by: Kathy Miele-Drury - Denville, NJ

“Karen and family, So very sorry to hear about Mark. Life has thrown you and your entire family a very unexpected and sad curve ball. Keep fond...Read More »
66 of 97 | Posted by: Maureen S - Somerville, NJ

“Karen, Russell, Melissa and the entire extended families, Our deepest apologies for this sudden loss. Seeing all of you at Jeanette and Tommy's...Read More »
67 of 97 | Posted by: Laura (Keating) Stewart

“Karen, Rusell and Melissa,My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in your life. I have wonderful memories of Mark at the Boonton...Read More »
68 of 97 | Posted by: Jeane Bednar

“KarenI am so sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort.Maureen Peterson ”
69 of 97 | Posted by: Maureen L. Peterson

“Our love and prayers are with you Karen, Russell and Melissa... Rest in Peace Hawk...Jeff and Margaret ”
70 of 97 | Posted by: Margaret Kelly

“Karen, Russell & Melissa,We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with all of you.Debbie, Rob, Samantha &...Read More »
71 of 97 | Posted by: Debbie & Rob Morrison

“Karen, Russell and Melissa,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time. I am thankful to have known Mark ...Read More »
72 of 97 | Posted by: Cheri Perez

“So very sorry to hear of Marks passing. Although a lot of years had gotten between us, I was fortunate enough to reconnect with Mark a few years back...Read More »
73 of 97 | Posted by: Vinnie Sisser

“Karen,I am very sorry for the loss of your dear husband. I remember him being such a great guy - always fun to be around! May your memories help...Read More »
74 of 97 | Posted by: Amy (Fitzgerald) Davenport

“Karen, Russell and Melissa, We were heartbroken to read of Mark's passing, he was such a special, warm and caring person and a great teammate. His...Read More »
75 of 97 | Posted by: Bob and Rose Berger

“Dear Karen, Russ and Mel, Words cannot express my deepened sorrow for your loss. I will be there for you always. Mark was one of the nicest gentle...Read More »
76 of 97 | Posted by: Susan Foti - Bridgewater, NJ

“The deepest sympathies to all of the Hawkins Family "You'll be missed, Hawk" ”
77 of 97 | Posted by: Robert Bamburak

“Dear Hawkins Family, I am so saddened to hear about your loss. I had the absolute privelage of being Hawk's high school team mate and what a great...Read More »
78 of 97 | Posted by: Bob Browne - Downingtown, PA

“Karen, you and your kids are in my heart and my thoughts. I wish I could be there with you. Hawk, you're one of the good guys! I'll never forget...Read More »
79 of 97 | Posted by: Sue Bennett

“We were so saddened by the news of Mark passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers ”
80 of 97 | Posted by: Adele & Ric Charmoy

“Karen, Russell and MelissaPlease accept our sincere sympathy during this very sad time. All the times that we met Mark he was a very gentle, kind man...Read More »
81 of 97 | Posted by: Hank and Donna Glen

“Karen, Russell and Melissa, I cannot express how much my heart breaks for you all. I may not be there in person, but I am there in spirit. Much love ”
82 of 97 | Posted by: Amy Kovonuk

“Karen, Russell & Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I knew why God took Mark so soon. He must have something special planned for him....Read More »
83 of 97 | Posted by: Sue & Dan Dobrinsky

“With our Deepest Sympaty. Don & Carrie Tozzi ”
84 of 97 | Posted by: Donald Tozzi

“Dear Karen, Russell and Melissa,We were all so lucky to have known such a wonderful man as Mark. We will miss him greatly. The day wasn't complete...Read More »
85 of 97 | Posted by: Susan Bugal

“Prayers to all the family, Heaven just got a lot more brighter. When I think of your husband/father I remember a man who lived life to the fullest,...Read More »
86 of 97 | Posted by: Laura Hurte-Grabler

“Dearest Karen, Russ and Melissa, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Mark loved you all so much it was all he could talk about! Russ and Melissa,...Read More »
87 of 97 | Posted by: Mary Beth (Toolan) Aun - PA

“Dear Karen, Russell and Melissa, my heart aches for all of you. We were all blessed to have known Mark. He was such a gentle giant and loved life...Read More »
88 of 97 | Posted by: Michelle Levonick

“So sorry for your loss. May all of your wonderful memories sustain you during this very difficult time.Love, thoughts and prayers,Kathleen Kane ”
89 of 97 | Posted by: Kathleen Kane

“Karen, Russell and Mel,We are praying for your family and reflecting on funny and warm memories. Mark was a wonderful husband, father and...Read More »
90 of 97 | Posted by: Debbie Natale

“Mark, You will be terribly missed you are an amazing person, husband, father and friend!! We had some amazing times together! Will never forget...Read More »
91 of 97 | Posted by: Kelly Mancini

“Mark - may you rest in peace with the angels. Karen, Russell, Melissa and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers to you all. ”
92 of 97 | Posted by: Patty, Tim & Michael

“Loved you like a brother. I will miss you lots! We will take care of your Karen, Russell and Melissa.Sue Ann, Jim and Billy ”
93 of 97 | Posted by: Sue Ann Perrine

“With deepest sympathy to the Hawkins Family. I was very sorry to hear of Mark's passing. Mark was a happy, fun loving, vivacious man and he will be...Read More »
94 of 97 | Posted by: Amy (Rohr) Fiume - NJ - Friend

“Our deepest sympathy to the Hawkins family. He was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
95 of 97 | Posted by: Kevin Schofield - bluffton, SC

“Karen - I have so many awesome memories of Mark, too numerous to mention.. Most of them were in Seaside, and almost all of them involve him and I...Read More »
96 of 97 | Posted by: Dede - Kennett Square , PA

“Karen & Family, My deepest sympathies. Hard to believe that Mark is gone. What a guy!! Cherish the memories of all the years you shared. ...Read More »
97 of 97 | Posted by: Patricia Frank Ordasi - NJ


Mark "Hawk" Hawkins, 52, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Born in Plainfield and a 34 year resident of Bridgewater, Mark resided in Raritan for the past 18 years. Mr. Hawkins was a Sales Representative for Allied Oil Company in Hillsborough for the past seventeen years. He was a member of Bound Brook Presbyterian Church in Bound Brook. Hawk's family, especially his children, was the love of his life. He was a coach for Bridgewater Baseball & Softball, Bridgewater Rec Basketball, and Bridgewater Panthers AAU Basketball. He was a nine year board member for Bridgewater Pop Warner and was a member of the Bridgewater Rec Athletic Clubs (BRAC). Mark also coached St. Ann's Basketball for many years and volunteered his time at St. Ann's Festa. Hawk was also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Celtics, and the Orioles. He was also a fan of Ohio State football and Duke basketball. Mark loved listening to the Allman Brothers Band and he played the best air guitar. He also enjoyed taking family vacations; and was known as the "Grill Man". He was preceded in death by his dear grandmother, Edna Winnemore. Surviving are his beloved wife of 25 years, Karen Marie Spinda Hawkins; his loving children, Russell John and Melissa Marie; his dearest parents, Jack and Doris Hawkins of Bridgewater; his dear brothers, Neil Hawkins and wife, Janet of Whitehouse and Scott Hawkins of Bridgewater; his beloved nieces and nephews, whom he cherished, Lucy, Lena, Lauren, Nikki, Bobby, and Michael; his six great-nieces and great-nephews; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Kathy and Fred Spinda of Bridgewater; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bob and Helen Shedlosky of Bridgewater and John and Mary Kay Spinda of Jacksonville, FL. Viewing hours will be Friday, August 16, 2013 from 4 to 8 PM at Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876 (908) 526-7638. Committal will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Mark's memory to the Hawkins College Fund c/o Kenneth R. Meyer, Esq., Porzio, Bromberg and Newman P.C., 100 Southgate Parkway, Morristown, NJ 07962 www.BranchburgFuneralHome.com To send a lasting tribute or condolences to the Hawkins family, please sign the online guestbook. Click "Sign Guestbook" below.

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