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David A. Hawkins
December 23, 1942 - August 4, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">David Allison George Hawkins age 73, left us Thursday, August 4, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife, Ricci (McCarlie) of 50 years; son Todd Hawkins, Lower Sackville; son Ryan Hawkins, Lower Sackville; daughter Kelly Carver (Allan), Hubbards; brother John Hawkins (Dee), Truro; and two grandsons Dylan and Kyle Carver, Hubbards. <br>David was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to John Allison Tully and Mabel Jean Hawkins (Shotbolt). Unfortunately, Al suffered from PTSD (unknown at the time) from WW2 and led to a divorce. Later he called Charles G. Hawkins father and took his last name. Eventually David reconnected with his biological father and fences were mended. <br>The pull of the tides took hold of David, so in 1962, he joined the Navy and landed on the shores of Nova Scotia. In his words, “I wanted to see water, because I was tired of staring at dirt.” Good on ya, young man. Good on ya. <br>Behind every good sailor is a better woman, and David met his wife, Ricci, in St. Andrew’s on a blind date. A year later they were married, and like any upstanding man of the sea, children soon followed (like really soon). <br>For a man who went through so many heart issues, he was all heart. David was a relentless volunteer in the community as a volunteer fire fighter, Scout/Venture Leader, and Navy League executive. David was also an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 44 years, which includes the President position (1990-92). In 2000, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, the second highest honour the Legion awards. <br>David achieved an even higher honour from the friends of his children, “Your Dad was as much a father to all of us as he was to all of you.” <br>Ricci and family would like to thank all the staff on the 6th floor of the QEII and EMS, especially David, RN, of 6.4 who attended to David with dignity and respect. Also, a Thank You goes out to the two nurses who heroically provided CPR in the middle of a parking lot giving David the precious few moments he needed until ambulance arrived. This one act gave us seven months with David, and for that the family will forever be grateful. <br>There will be no visitation as per David’s request. A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 162, 45 Sackville Cross Road ,Lower Sackville, NS, at 2pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. All are welcome to attend. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calais Br 162 Tin Hat Fund. There will be burial at sea in May, 2017, during the Battle of the Atlantic. <br> <br></div>