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Ronald D. (Ron) Hawkes

March 8, 1947 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Ronald Hawkes Obituary

Ronald D. “Ron” Hawkes, 76, of Academy Hill Rd., passed away on December 24, 2023.

Ron was born in Greenfield, MA on March 8, 1947 the son of Donald and Phylis (Howes) Hawkes. He was a graduate of Greenfield High School, class of 1965. After graduating he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany during much of his enlistment.

He was employed as a fire alarm technician at the University of Massachusetts for a number of years.

Ron was dedicated to the town of Conway. He had worked for the highway department, he was a police officer for the town for 46 years retiring last year, served as the town Constable, and served the Conway Fire Department since 1969 and Deputy Fire Chief at the time of his passing. He was also a long- time member of the Conway Sportsman’s Club and the Conway Snowmobile Club.

Ron and his wife Ann were supporters of the annual Relay for Life event for more than 20 years. Once he “retired” from UMass he had his own side business as a  lawnmower/snowblower/any small engine repair shop that kept him very busy.

He enjoyed camping and made many long-lasting friendships while doing so. He was a big fan of the Fryeburg Fair in Maine and looked forward to attending every year.

Survivors include his mother Phylis (Howes) (Hawkes) Dacey of Conway, his daughters Joy I. Holhut of Conway, Kim M. (Matthew) Mckenzie also of Conway, and Liana (Hal) Jensen of Copake, NY, his grandchildren Courtney, Danelle and Kyle, and great grandson Aidan.

Ron was predeceased by his father Donald in 1972, his wife Ann (Zipperling) Hawkes, his step-father Richard Dacey, his son-in-law Ronald J. Holhut, grandparents Mr & Mrs Freeman Hawkes and Mr & Mrs Earle Howes.

There are no services currently to honor his wishes however a Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in Ron’s memory to either the Conway Fireman’s Assoc., c/o Bob Baker, PO Box 233, Conway, MA 01341 or to the Conway Sportsman’s Club, c/o Cyndie Ouimette, PO Box 325, Conway, MA 01341



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