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Cyril "Cy" Hawkes - Ontario/ Quebec/ Manitoba
CPCA Honourary Life Member 1980

Obituary Published in Winnipeg Free Press October7th 2009
CYRIL (CY) WILLIAM HAWKES July 30, 1928 - October 04, 2009 With broken hearts our family says goodbye to our much loved and respected husband, father and grandfather, Cyril William Hawkes. Cyril was born in the same farmhouse as his father in Percival, SK on July 30, 1928. He died peacefully in Winnipeg, MB on October 4, 2009 at 81 years of age. Left to cherish his memory are Elizabeth (Bette), the love of his life since he first laid eyes on her nearly 59 years ago, four children and their spouses, Beverly and Frank, Gary and Valerie, Nancy and Leonard, Donald and Christine, and eight precious grandchildren, Michael and Eric Wahl, Daniel and Robert Hawkes, Joshua and Benjamin Simak and Tara and Kristin Hawkes. Also left to mourn are family and friends all over the world, too numerous to count! Cyril was predeceased by his parents, William and Sarah, his brother Vincent (Grace) and his sister Marion. Sadly, they all died much too soon and Cyril lovingly remembered them and their families often. Cyril was proud of his work on the farms in Percival, SK and later in Kemnay, MB but he was destined to be a railway man. He began his long career with CP Rail in 1952 in Brandon, MB, then moved on to become a Constable with the CP Police in Winnipeg. His career would take him to Sudbury, Toronto and then Montreal where he retired as Deputy Chief in 1989. He was a respected colleague, friend and favourite boss to many CP Rail employees across the country. Curling was a passion of Cy's and he devoted many hours to the Canadian Police Curling Association both on and off the ice. He was made an honourary life member in 1980. Cy also curled and organized at the Heather, and East St. Paul, C.C.s in Winnipeg, Oakville C.C. in Ontario and Pointe Claire C.C. in Que. Cy was also an avid golfer. He enjoyed many rounds of golf at courses in Manitoba and Texas. It should be noted that he didn't want his funeral held on a Tuesday, his group's regular golf day! Cyril was community-minded and served in various roles at Sherwood Park Lutheran Church, coached baseball at Morse Place Community Club and shovelled snow from many hockey rinks. As a father, father-in-law and grandfather he taught us to appreciate and love each other. He led by example, expected us to do our best and celebrated our accomplishments. Cyril taught all of us to welcome change, view challenges as opportunities and to forgive mistakes. He respected others and in turn he gained respect and enduring friendships of a multitude of people. As a family, we say thank you to so many who have called, sent cards, visited and prayed with us over the past four months. We also express our heartfelt appreciation to the caring staff at Concordia Hospital. A memorial service will be held at Abundant Life Lutheran Church, 3486 Raleigh St., north of Hoddinott Road, East St. Paul on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.