Richard F. Hawkes

September 21st, 2017

Richard F. Hawkes (known as Hawkes to many), 69, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Care One Nursing Home on Monday, September 18, 2017. Richard was born in Springfield, MA on August 26, 1948 and was the son of the late Richard and Rose Hawkes of W. Springfield, MA.

Richard attended AIC University in Springfield. He worked in the funeral industry for many years before beginning a long and successful career at Delta Airlines. He enjoyed cooking and had a small catering business for a while. He was a man rich in friendships. After an accident, he handled paralysis and blindness with courage and grace. Through it all he never lost his wit, love for Boston sports and appetite for news. His friends were his constant and loyal companions.

He is survived by his uncle Robert A. Hawkes of Brooklyn, MI and Springfield, MA; his cousins, Elaine Kulesa of Harwich, MA, Andrea Fortier of Agawam, MA, Maryann Kabarsky of Nashua, NH, Cathy Ioffredo of Melrose, MA, Laurie Andrews of Litchfield, NH and many devoted friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, September 28th for Visitation from 5:00-6:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. Private burial will be held at Springfield Street Cemetery in Feeding Hills, MA. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice in Richard’s memory.


14 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard F. Hawkes”

  1. Mary Ann Rummel says:

    So very sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful, funny,and courageous man.I remember when I first met you many year ago,I was so intimidated by you. Then I got to know you when you came to work in the Reservation Building many years ago. We had so many laughs you had the best sense of humor. Then about 18 years ago when you had your accident and were in the nursing home,I remember coming to see you and your upbeat manor was unbelievable. You were still as funny as ever and I used to love hearing about all the stories from the past, and all of your jobs you had. My one regret is I wished I saw you more. But I have visions of your laugh and funny ways.

  2. Bob Meehan says:

    You were one of the funniest and most inspiring individuals I have ever known. You will never be forgotten by anyone who had the great fortune to know you and call you a friend.

    Rest in peace Hawkes. We all love you.

  3. Peter Lawhorne says:

    Hawkes, Dolly has a opening at the baggage service office in Heaven I am sure she will take you. You and Dolly can talk and laugh as you always did.
    rest in peace-Peter

  4. carmela mccain says:

    for my partner in crime, hawksie, so many crazy fun memories, especially your 50th celebration in P-town, we were never the same after that adventure, not to mention all the customers that were not happy when “we” lost their luggage..i’ll never forget you for the unique and special friend you will truly be missed..

  5. Linda Peters says:

    I am so very saddened by the passing of such a wonderful, extremely funny person such as our Hawkesy. I remember walking into his bay at Delta, he always had something snide and funny to say, and could get everyone hysterical laughing. I visited Hawkes many times in the nursing home and always brought my Golden Retriever Samantha with me. Hawkes loved to pet her and Sammy would stay by his side during our visits. Rest in peace my dear friend. You`ve been through so much and you have earned your place in Heaven.

  6. Trish Jennings says:

    So sorry to hear Hawkes has passed. What a great guy. He was my father’s roommate for a few weeks in the nursing home, and so nice to us. I often thought of him and how he had such as great out look in a very difficult situation. Peace.

  7. Patty Wojo says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Hawkes has passed, I will miss you. You are an inspiration to all of us, you never loss your sense of humor. I enjoyed my visit with you. I thought I would be cheering you up, but instead I came away amazed at your spirit. I will miss sending you cards. I am so glad to know you. I know you are in heaven and have your wings and can not be free to fly.God Bless You My Friend. I will not forget you , hugs Pattiy

  8. Roger Dumont says:

    Having known Hawkes for over 25 years, I was extremely saddened to learn of his passing. We once travelled together to Toronto…memories of which I am unable to mention here!!!! When visiting Hawkes in Wilmington, one was wise NOT to show up empty-handed! He had a heart of GOLD, a real softy with a caring warmth. Hawkes was happiest when he could throw a gossipy barb! With Hawkes, you always knew that “YOU’RE NO DAY AT THE BEACH”! He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed. Rest in peace, dear friend. Love, Roger

  9. Elizabeth MacDougall says:

    Hawkes always made work fun he had such a quick wit never a dull moment working with him! Give Doll a hug for me I’m sure you Dolly and Al are smiling down on us.
    You are an inspiration to us all!
    Peace and Love

  10. Alice Synnott. says:

    Farewell my friend. I will miss your quirky sense of humor and our discussions of shared memories.
    Rest in Peace.

  11. Frank Hawkes says:

    I will always remember Ricky as being “as big as life”. One never had to guess his stance on a topic which I always respected. I will always admire his strength to persevere, even after his accident. He will be missed as he touched so many lives. May God bless and hold Ricky in the palm of his hand.

  12. Mike English says:

    Hawksie, Cheryl and I were very sad to hear of your passing…But I remember what we talked about the last time that I had the “PLEASURE” of your company.
    You were an inspiration to us in so many ways.
    We were instant friends from the first day that I met you when you called me a GREASBALL.
    Farewell my GOOD FRIEND,. We will think of you often.
    FLY FREE!!!

  13. Vincent Cappuccio says:

    Hawkes as one can easily read was one of a kind. I enjoyed working with him and speaking to him. He had one of the biggest personalities one would ever meet in life. It was an honor to know and work with him. Rest In Peace Hawkes.

  14. Ursula Wyllie says:

    I met you thru my sister Carmela & remembered all the wonderful friends she
    made working for Delta! It was a pleasure to meet Hawksie as my sister called
    you! Rest in Peace you dear man. My sympathy to all the family xoxoxo

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