John Hawkins

John B. Hawkins Jr.

Monday, January 5, 1931 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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January 5, 1931 – May 5, 2020
Monroe, New York

John B. Hawkins, Jr. of Monroe, New York entered into eternal rest on May 5, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was 89 years old.

The son of the late John B. Hawkins, Sr. and Ann (Callahan) Hawkins, John was born on January 5, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn and was an Engineering graduate of St. John’s University. In addition, John honorably and proudly served his country as a member of the US Army from 1951 to 1959.

As a lifelong, devout Catholic, he was an active member of the St. Thomas of Canterbury parish in Cornwall, NY and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anastasia Parish in Harriman, NY. Early in his career, Hawkins pursued Engineering until he decided that an insurance career would best suit his passion for people. To fulfill this desire, he owned and operated The Hawkins Insurance Agency in Monroe, New York. Hawkins’ larger-than-life personality made him a beloved member of his community, and for many years, he was a proud parent of the Monroe Woodbury Athletic Booster Club.

John adored Ellen, his wife of 63 years, his eight children, sixteen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. And they loved him dearly. He had a gift of making everyone feel welcome with his animated approach, big smile, and an even bigger laugh. At any given moment, he would express his favorite greeting, “Did I tell you that I love you today?” Hawkins enjoyed jazz music, dancing, reading, coffee, and fine cigars.

John is survived by his loving wife, Ellen J. Hawkins at home; his eight children: Ellen Buzzone (Natale) of Washingtonville, NY, Kathleen Harrington (Richard) of Nantucket, MA, John B. Hawkins, III of Nantucket, MA, Theresa Ryback (Ty) of Warwick, NY, Margaret DePaolo (Joseph) of Washingtonville, NY, Francis Hawkins (Kimberly Keene) of Troy, NY, Matthew Hawkins (Jeanette) of Falmouth, MA, and Andrew Hawkins (Alexandra) of Jacksonville, FL;
sixteen grandchildren: Michael Castellano, Christopher Castellano, Phil Buzzone
Danielle Briard and Corinne Muffly, Devin Ryback, Madison Ryback
Joseph DePaolo, Michael DePaolo, Anastasia DePaolo, John Hawkins, Emily Hawkins, Julia Hawkins, Isabella Hawkins, Gavin Hawkins, and Lincoln Hawkins; and five great grandchildren: Avery Briard, Garrett Briard, Tabitha Muffly, Brayden Muffly, and Enzo Buzzone.

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    5468 Routre 9W
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Posted at 10:03pm
I will remember you and forever thank you for being my friend, my advisor, my go to for knowledge and wisdom for almost 37 years. You accepted me and embraced me. You were larger-than-life – a one-of-a-kind giant. A proud man. Your love for your wife, Ellen, and for your children gave me the hope and desire to be just that to your daughter and her (my) children. I will miss all of our private time together, our cigars together passing time and pondering life. I will miss you dearly. I love you, ‘Dad’. You will be forever in my heart. God bless the Hawkins Family. Ty

Theresa Hawkins-Ryback

Posted at 11:56pm
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

DADDY, did I tell you I love you today...Theresa#4


Posted at 03:01pm
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. He was a good man , and a
great neighbor and friend to our family. May he Rest In Peace.
The Ferrill Family

Jilleen Flynn

Posted at 08:59pm
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dad. I will always remember him smiling. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Jilleen Jefson (Flynn)

Ellen Buzzone

Posted at 05:19pm
Missing you Dad.
All the wonderful life lessons, memories with our family, the love, laughter and joy you brought to us......
You will always be our treasure. Your memory will live in our hearts forever........
Daddy, did i tell you how much I love you? Well, I love you Daddy................. Ellen Marie.

Donna steck Posted at 02:00pm

I was so sorry to get your call Ellen. John was so special to my Dad and we all remember him with love. I thought about how the whole family would drive to LI and we would all go to the beach and how we could “get lost” in the big house when we came to visit. Please call again if you can the number I have hasn’t worked for some time and I didn’t save it when you called Love to you all, Donna and Bob

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