The family of Fred Hawkins sadly announces his passing following a lengthy illness. The son of prairie homesteaders, Fred’s early years were spent in and around Endeavour and Preeceville, Sask. Fred spent the ‘war years’ in England, serving as a navigator and a flight instructor in the RCAF 411 Squadron. Upon his return to Canada, he began his career with the Saskatchewan Co-op Creamery – first as an office worker, then Branch Manager in several locations and finally retiring from the Head Office (Regina) as General Manager.
Fred’s was a life well-lived. He taught us the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. He showed us the importance of family, of seeing humour in the mundane, that 86 is not too old to get your first computer, you can still have fun on a road trip through the mountains at 95, and, at 97, you can still play a mean Bix Beiderbecke on your sax! He remained a devotee of the Rider Nation …never giving up hope!
He is survived by his wife Doris (Sullivan) and a large family who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, and his son, Arthur. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date.
“Struggle and emerge…..never lose heart”.