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HAWKES, Joanne Christine

August 24, 1937- Calgary, AB
August 8, 2013 – Calgary, AB

A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Joanne will be greatly missed by her devoted husband Jim Hawkes, children Terri Hawkes (Jeff Sackman) and Robert Hawkes (Susan Cullen); grandchildren Andrew and Michael Hawkes, Alexa and Jake Hawkes-Sackman; brothers Bill and Jim Herriot; and extended family and friends.

Joanne was a native Calgarian who was proudly dedicated to Calgary and Canada. For her passionate work as an archivist she garnered the ‘Recognition of Contribution Award of Museums Alberta’ (2002). Joanne was a true partner with her husband, former Member of Parliament Jim Hawkes, in serving the people of Calgary West for more than 14 years, including her rewarding tenure as President of the P.C. Parliamentary Spouse’s Association in the early 1990’s. Joanne was also an ardent lover of the arts; she was a talented thespian, singer and pianist, and recently wrote a short memoir on a slice of Calgary history that was published by the Native Calgarian Society. Joanne loved spending time with Jim, her husband of 56 years, and doting on her grandchildren. Friends remember Joanne’s sparkling personality, interest in others, keen wit and feisty spirit. Despite her health challenges of the last few years, she showed great strength and good humour. A special thanks to family, friends and caregivers, all of whom cared for her with love, dignity and humour. Joanne/Mom/Grandma will live in our hearts forever.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A celebration of Joanne’s life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009-15th Ave. S.W., Calgary) on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, Joanne would have appreciated a donation to a museum of your choice.

In living memory of Joanne Hawkes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Harry & Dorell Brigtwell :

    Hi Jim
    We were sorry when we saw Joanne’s passing in the Globe @ Mail.
    I often think of you and our shared experience in government. As I remember you were a firm whip with a big smile. Dorell has fond memories of Joanne through the parliamentary spouses.
    Our thought are with you in this time of loss.

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  2. Bill Knott and Yvette Souque, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba :

    Jim, Terri, Rob and all the family,

    Our thoughts are with you. Many of them…

    Our condolences go with this message as you celebrate Joanne’s life.

    Lots of love,
    Bill and Yvette

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  3. The Gillard Family :

    Dearest Terri, Jeff, Alexa, Jake and family of Joanne,

    We’re so deeply sorry for you at this very difficult time. We know how much Joanne will be missed by all of you – as a mother, grandmother and wife.

    We wish we could be there to throw our arms around you and support you in your time of grief. Please know that we’re thinking of you all.

    Sending much love,

    The Gillard Family

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  4. Larry and Shelagh Hudon :

    Sincere condolences to Jim and all the family. Larry and Shelagh Hudon

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  5. Carole McLennan Luft :

    I was so sorry to see this notice in a Toronto paper that I don’t normally read. Joanne and I
    were friends at Crescent and I remember how lovely and vivacious she was. We didn’t stay
    in touch but at 75 it may not be so bad to be remembered as she was then. It sounds like she
    was very loved and who can ask for more. My sympathy to all of you who love her.
    Carole Luft

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  6. Bernice (Stoddart) Hathaway :

    Joanne and I were childhood friends since her parents, her two brothers and she spent their summer vacations at my parents’ Windermere lakeside cottages. Years later, we met again when both attended a political science continuing ed course at U. of C. (evening) taught by R. Gibbons; she remarked she recognized me because of my (high pitched) voice – doesn’t change – and my teeth! Very perceptive! As we all grow old, it’s very sad to lose friends from our youth, particularly. Many happy memories of times at “the lake”!

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  7. Hon Walter and Barbara McLean :

    Dear Jim and family:
    We were saddened to read of Joanne’s death in the Globe yesterday. She was a bright spark in the world, always thinking of her wide circle of friends and family. Joanne was an example to all as she bore health problems for such a long time. We have copies of your Christmas poems to remember you both.
    Many blessings to you.
    Walter and Barbara

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  8. Gord & Bev Tallman :

    Jim & family
    We were saddened to read in yesterday’s Calgary Herald that your wife, Joanne, passed away. We hope that your many memories of her life will help comfort you at this sad time and in the future.
    Our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gordon & Beverley Tallman

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  9. Doris Fishman :

    Jim, I was sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. As you may recall, I went to Balmoral Jr. High with her for Grades VIII & IX and remember her as always being so nice. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    Doris Fishman

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  10. Neil & Dorothy Webber :

    Jim & Family,

    Dorothy And I well remember the visits we had with you and Joanne many years ago when politics took up a good part of our lives. We both pass on our sincere condolences and know you and your family are going to miss a wonderful lady. May you long remember the happy times of your life with her.

    Sincerely,

    Neil Webber

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  11. Dear Mr Hawkes,

    Mes tres sinceres condoleances pour la perte de votre epouse.

    I remember meeting her many years ago at a PC Game Dinner held in 1987. She was truly a nice person.

    I hope things will work out fine for you and family.

    Very sincerely

    Luc Morin
    (Former employee of the Govt Whip and GHLO)

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  12. Todd & Janna Walters :

    Terri, Jeff, Alexa, Jake and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss .We are sending you hugs and strength at this difficult time. May you remember all the wonderful times you shared together, lessons learned and memories that were made. Find strength in the legacy she has left you .
    Our thoughts are with all of you.
    love
    The Walters Family

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  13. Mary Grace Lopez :

    Dear Sire Jim, Rob, Terri &Susan,
    I’ve seen in Jean’s room obituary section of Calgary Herald
    I’m Jean’s Nursing Assistant every evening shift @ Chinook for now cause we have rotation.
    My deepest sympathy of Joanne passing away. What a coincidence my mom passed away Aug. 8, 2009 too because of colon cancer same date of my Husband Birthday I don’t think I will forget now Joanne Death date.
    May all of you cope well for losing her & God’s grace be upon u all in this time of sorrow.
    Regards to the kids.

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  14. Ed and Patty Smith and Family :

    My heart and thoughts are with your entire family. I am happy to hear you are all together now for strength. I know how truly sad you are wishing you just had one more conversation and hug etc. As a family you will miss your mom daily and hourly and she knows this too, draw from each other and take such comfort that she is no longer suffering with pain and discomfort. She was an awesome lady and will be missed by all who knew her and those who she briefly touched with her laugh and contagious smile too.

    Unfortunately, my family is unable to make it to her service tomorrow but we will be there in spirit. Hugs to all of you, Jim, Terry and Rob!

    Lots of Love, Patty, Ed, Dallas, Eric and Stephanie

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  15. Denise Guichon :

    Jim, we are so sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. She was such a lovely, optimistic and good-humoured woman and though we had not seen her for several years, we are sorry to know the world will be a little less sunny without her presence. Our prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Denise Guichon and Barry Cooper

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  16. George and JoAnn Emery :

    Jim, Terri, Rob and all of your families
    So sorry for your loss. Another bright light in the world has gone out but, never forgotten. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

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  17. Jim, so sorry to learn of Joanne’s passing and want to convey my sympathies to you and your family. I know the last couple of years have been very difficult for you and Joanne as you both coped with her illness and I hope the many good years of sharing a full life will somehow dilute the immense sadness of Joanne’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and all the family.

    Terry Green

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  18. Dear Jim and Family,

    Our sincere sympathy for your loss.

    Nelda and Malcolm Sharp. (V.R.R.I.)

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  19. Dear Jim, Rob, Terry and Family: I was deeply saddened to learn of Joanne’s passing. What an enthusiast! Jim – the two of you were a true team. Sheila and I admired that greatly. I have some knowledge of the hurt and sadness you must be experiencing. Thinking of you. Jim.

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  20. Janie (Brennan) & Peter Evans :

    Dear Terri, Jeff, Jake, Alexa, Mr. Hawkes and Family,
    We are so deeply saddened to have learned of the loss of your beloved mom, grandmother and wife. Faye Cohen called to tell us the sad news. Our hearts ache for you and your family at this time, and we are sending so much love and so many prayers. You will remain in our thoughts as you journey through. May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort and may God keep you in His embrace at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sending you much love, light, and sincere condolences,
    Janie and Peter

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  21. Marc Berezowski :

    Terri and family,
    I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. When my dad passed on it was great to see how many people were touched by the arc of his life. I am sure that your mother was honoured and remembered well by all those who had the good fortune to meet her.
    Marc

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  22. I miss you Grandma.

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  23. Coryn Andre Hemsley :

    Dear Jim, Terri, Rob and family,

    I was so sorry to hear the sad news. I hope the love that surrounds you brings you comfort during this difficult time.

    With love,
    Coryn (Andre), Paul, Caitlin and Jack

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  24. colin duncan,pat [orme] :

    dear Jim and family..saddened to read of your loss..regards from old school chums

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