Cedric Hawkshaw passed away in Vancouver on Wed Oct 15th, after a brief illness.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, Cedric Hawkshaw on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008.
Predeceased by his father, John Edward, on Lasqueti Island, while together in a horse and buggy accident, when Dad was 10 years old. He also lost his dog, Dixie, who was last seen swimming after the fishing vessel, which was transporting Dad’s fathers’ body and Dad to the mainland. Also predeceased by his mother, Mabel Edith Honour (nee McClean), 1st woman
bank teller in Canada, founder, editor and publisher of the Burnaby Post c. 1923 – c.1936 and 1st woman censor of motion pictures of BC. Their home remains to this day as the office for the Burnaby Arts Centre and her portrait, donated by Dad, hangs over the fireplace in the front drawing room. Also predeceased by his two brothers, Crichton and Dal.
Survived by daughters, Fran (Byron) Andres, Geri (Al) Elchuk, son Barry (Leslie), Grandchildren Jason (Christina), Lisa, Michelle (Ray), Mike (Lisa), Dave and 7 great grandchildren.
Dad was a member of the Old Boys Association of St. Georges School. He served in the Navy (DEMS) and was a proud veteran of WW II. When the war ended, he had saved enough to buy a home in Burnaby on acreage. He sold it soon after to be closer to his job working for his father-in-law, William Worrall, whose furniture store is now home to Tom Lee Music on
Granville Street. Dad ran William Worrall Furniture for many years until its closure. He then worked in the furniture department of T Eaton Co, West Vancouver until retiring at a very young age to Lasqueti Island running the Hawkshaw Ranch. He spent many wonderful years there until health issues brought him back to the Mainland. He lived at George Derby Veterans Centre for 17 years and was like a fixture there according to the wonderful staff who befriended and cared for him so well. Dad was very involved in the Arts and Crafts at Derby and made many things over the years from pottery to blankets, placemats and handbags and more recently, rag rugs.
Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at George Derby who were just like family to Dad and so wonderful to us in our time of sorrow.
A memorial service will be held on Oct 28th at 7 pm in the St. Georges (Junior) School Chapel with Reverend Ron Wickens officiating. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 30th at the Lasqueti Island Cemetery.