Andrew William Hawkins
Andrew William Hawkins
  • September 19, 1926 - May 24, 2016
  • Bath, New York

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It is with heavy hearts that we write Dad's final story. Andrew William Hawkins (Bill) passed away May 24, 2016. Bill was born in South Dansville on September 19, 1926 to Andrews and Marie (King) Hawkins. He spent his youth in Almond and Canisteo working on his uncle's farm and raising "holy heck" with his brother Jack.
In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy to serve his country during WWII. He trained at Sampson and served aboard the USS Midway. After discharge from the military service he finished his high school education at Hornell High School. Bill was looking at the school's yearbook when he spotted the picture of Jacqueline Hall. He told his bother that she was the girl he was going to marry. As luck would have it they were introduced a few weeks later and on February 1, 1948 his dream came true when they were married.
In 1953 Bill and Jackie purchased a farm in Hartsville where they raised cows, chickens, sheep, horses and a family. Bill proudly named the 88 acres the 5H Ranch - Hawkins Haven for Happy Healthy Horses. The farm was the site of his girls many adventures and, of course, mischievous deeds.
Bill was a pipefitter at the Erie Lackawanna Railroad shops, GE, and finally M&K. It is said "he came with the building." After retiring Bill and Jackie moved to Florida but returned to New York in 2009 to be close to their daughters. Sadly Jackie passed away in 2012. Bill missed his sweetheart but was comforted by his daughter's daily visits and the friendship of his neighbor Anne Mattoon.
Bill's declining health caused him to spend his remaining days at the VA Medical Center in Bath. His daughters are very grateful for the exceptional care he received from the dedicated staff of the VA (Primary Care, Home-based Primary Care and the Community Living Center Hospice Unit).
Bill is predeceased by his parents, wife Jacqueline, sisters Virginia Ellington, Marilyn Hawkins and Agnes Heers, brothers Lynn, Jack and Lee Hawkins. He is survived by his bother Don Hawkins of Addison and sister-in-law Yvonne Youll of Batavia, his daughters Janice Kerr (Stub Hartman) and Denise (Ken) Walters, grandsons Dominic (Raquel) Mastronunzio of Austin Texas, Bradley (Rachel) Kerr of Brooklyn, Brett Walters (Adrian Divens) of Bath, and Craig Walters of Tennessee. Bill is also survived by his great grandchildren Kyndall and Ethan Harris of Austin, Daymon and Dakoeta Walters of Bath and Kaylee Walters of Tennessee, plus many nieces and nephews who still recall their days on the farm and being the recipients of Uncle Bill's many shenanigans.
Bill will always be remembered for his unique sense of humor, his love of creating, "reinventing" farm equipment and building furniture and barns from packing crates. It seems lately that most of his projects included vast amounts of Gorilla Glue and, his favorite item, duct tape.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at the Bath National Cemetery at the family's convenience. Then Bill and Jackie will be cast to the winds that gently blow over the hills of the old farm and their hearts will be forever together in Hartsville.
It's been a long journey for you Dad, but now it's time for you to be with Mom again. Thank you for being a wonder father and leaving us with such sweet memories. We are proud to be known as your daughters. We will miss you forever.
All our love, Punk and Dinny.