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HAWES, David

HAWES David S. Dec. 29, 1956 – Dec. 18, 2013

David (Dave) Spence Hawes, born in Kitimat, British Columbia passed away in Calgary, Alberta on Dec. 18, 2013 at the young age of 56. It is with loving thoughts and sad hearts that we say goodbye after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dave was a loving father to Geoffrey and Trevor Hawes (mother Cindy Walsh) and Martii Minkkinen (mother Marita Minkkinen). Dave is survived by his mother Ruth, brothers John, Michael, and Peter and their families, and is predeceased by his father John. Dave was also embraced by his extended family, Sandy and Garry Bilinski, Alyson Bilinski (the daughter he never had), and Ashley, Steve and Christopher Patterson. A magnificent person, he will be fondly remembered by all his family and friends. At Dave’s request, there will be no Funeral Service; however, family and friends are welcome to join in a Celebration of Dave’s Life on Friday, Dec. 27th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bilinski home. To offer your condolences, please contact McInnis & Holloway by visiting www.mhfh.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson Society at 1-800-565-3000 or donating@parkinson.ca.

The family wishes to gratefully thank the nurses, caregivers and doctors who supported Dave and also the staff at Southwood Hospice for their care and support.

In living memory of David Hawes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sandy Bilinski :

    Dave, you were an inspiration to me. You truly were a fighter, right to the end. You never complained about your illness. I will miss you every day. My heartfelt condolences to Geoff, Trev, Cindy, family down east, and Alyson.

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  2. Alyson Bilinski :

    Uncle Dave, you will be missed by all of us! You never lost your sense of humor and you brought so much to my life, especially in the last three months.

    Love Aly

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  3. Dave, you were a wonderful man and a wonderful father. I’m so glad that I got to share two beautiful fine young men with you. I wish you where still here to see our future grandchildren. I will trust that you will always be watching over them from above. For all the people in Dave’s life, my condolences with our loss.

    Love Cindy

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  4. Where to Start? You were the best father that I could ever ask for. I will always remember the small things that in the end is the most memorable. Only you would know! Love and miss You so much as I will always!

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  5. Geoffrey Hawes :

    Dad, I hurt a lot. Not only did I lose my Father, but I lost a good friend of mine. I am so happy I got those years to grow close to you, and I wouldn’t trade those years for anything. Thank you for your guidance and wisdom, and helping me become the person I am today. I will always love you.

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  6. My condolences to Geoffrey and Trevor on the loss off their Dad

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  7. David, You fought bravely on so many levels always keeping your dignity and courage and sense of humor. My heart breaks for your sons, Geoff, Trevor, & Martii, and your mom and brothers. I will miss you, as will our brother Peter and my husband. I’m so glad that you were a part of my life.

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  8. Dave, I hope you can read this. Frankly, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Like Trev, “where to start”, and like Geoff, ” I hurt a lot”. I’m never felt closer to another man in my life. I want to say thank you to all Dave’s family in Alberta, you made my life so much easier. Thank you , specifacally to Geoff and Trevor, Cindy, Sandy and Garry, and Alyson. You did much more than could ever be asked. This is a testament to Dave’s decency as a human being. I’m going to miss you much more than I ever could have imagined. See you on the other side. Looking forward to it.

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  9. David,

    It is with great sadness, deep sorrow, and much reluctance that I say goodbye to my younger brother and trusted friend. From the time you were a small boy, you have always had a wonderful way about you. You were an inspiration: naive, kind, thoughtful, decent, and understanding. I marveled at your empathy and your constant concern for other people’s problems. That patented staccato laugh – loud and unexpected. Your calling card. I admired, too, your relationship with your boys, your kindness for all of those around you, and your bravery and stoicism in facing a cruel and unfair illness. As a boy, and as a man, you never complained.

    The world will be a sadder place without you.

    I want to thank Geoff, Trevor, and Cindy for their constant and unfaltering support for David. I admire their fortitude and their unselfishness as well. Alyson, you are the model of what a caring person should be. David’s health care team deserve much credit and respect. Dignity was critical to David. Thank you for giving him that.

    I will sign off, though the thoughts of my brother will always be with me.

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  10. Very sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you all.

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  11. My condolences to all of you who loved David. He will be missed deeply by many. And I am saddened for all. R.I.P. David

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  12. Terry & Rita Walsh :

    Geoff and Trevor, our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear father, Keep all your precious memories close to your heart and he will never by far away. Losing a parent is so hard on the dear ones left to mourn but as days and weeks go on it will become easier but never will he be forgotten. God Bless

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  13. Jodi Walsh-Hall :

    Geoff and Trevor,
    I am deeply sorry about the loss of your father.
    May you always take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.
    As it is written: “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” (Helen Keller)
    I am thankful to have known Dave. I know his love and kindness will forever live on in the both of you.
    I love you Geoff and Trevor, please know my arms are around you at this difficult time.
    Jodi

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  14. Wendy and Brian Magowan :

    Cindy, Geoff and Trevor,

    It has been a very tough year for all of you. Geoff and Trevor, I am very saddened for the loss of your father. I know how that feels, and I hope that this next sentence will help to ease your sorrow and help in the months and years ahead.

    It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter, and although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

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  15. I was very saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave and I were coworkers back in the late 90s at PDL Mobility. We became great friends and I will always remember his smile, laugh and thoughtfulness. I’m so sorry that we lost touch after I moved back to the Maritimes. I will always cherish the memories. To Dave’s family, please accept my sincere condolences. He always spoke so highly of his mother, brothers and 3 sons. God bless!

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  16. Sorry Geoff and Trev for your loss. Your Dad was a good man. Stay strong.

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  17. Nanny & Poppy Walsh :

    Geoff and Trev, your Poppy and I are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Your Dad was a great man and we always enjoyed the times we spent together. We will keep you in our prayers and we send our deepest sympathies. We love you! Love Nanny & Poppy Walsh

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  18. Sandy Bilinski :

    Thinking about you today, Dave….wish you were here to celebrate your birthday with us. Miss you and love you. xoxo

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  19. Trevor. Geoff & Cindy :

    Dave,
    Wishing you were here with us today.
    Your birthday; a most fitting day for your Celebration of Life with your Eastern Family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

    Love you & miss you lots. xo,xo,xo

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  20. your celebration went well today Dave. Lots of friends and family. Happy Birthday.

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  21. The Cunningham Family from CT. USA :

    Dear Peter, Ruth, John, Michael (and Family), Kristy and Kaitlin Abeele,
    We are so sorry for the loss you have had to endure here recently with what seems to be a wonderful man who made his mark on so many. Although death for us all is inevitable – it never seems like we’re quite ready for it and certainly when it’s one of our own makes us realize how short all of our lives really are.
    Rest assured there is a heaven and David is no longer suffering as he was and can live peacefully in each and everyone of you now. Don’t fret on things you “could have” said because there will always be time for that – whenever you want. The memories you keep of someone is how we journey on. Hold those beautiful thoughts of David and of the ones you have loved and lost and inherent those into your being each and every day. Make David proud!

    Gerry, Tim, Michael, Ryan and Erin Cunningham

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  22. Geoff and Trevor
    I am very sorry for your loss. You Dad was someone I was proud to call my brother-in-law. His personality as a gentleman carries on with you.

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  23. Sandy Bilinski :

    Missing you lots!

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  24. It is with sincere and deepest sadness that I came across my friend’s obituary just now – I Googled his name in order to try and re-connect with David. I worked with David at Page Direct (now PDL Mobility). We became fast friends and only lost contact when I moved away from Calgary with my wife and kids a number of years ago. Many great memories of David will be cherished by myself, my wife and my girls. His always present laughter made us all enjoy his company thoroughly. My fondest memories of David were how much he loved his 2 wonderful sons – he NEVER stopped discussing them and was bursting with pride over them always. Rest in peace my dear friend so sorry we couldn’t reconnect, it will have to wait until I’m done down here. God bless you and your family.

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