June 21, 1934 – Calgary, Alberta
May 9, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
Jim Hawkes of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the age of 84 years.
A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, pre-deceased by his wife of fifty-six years, Joanne Hawkes. Jim is greatly missed by children, Terri Hawkes and Robert Hawkes (Susan Cullen); grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Hawkes, and Alexa and Jake Hawkes-Sackman; brother Roger (Lisa); brothers-in-law, Bill and Jim Herriot; and extended family and friends. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Amy and Fred, and his brothers Bob and Reg.
Jim was a native Calgarian who was a strong advocate for both Calgary and for sound and innovative national policies. He served the people of Calgary West as their federal Member of Parliament for more than fourteen years, and was honoured to hold the position of Chief Government Whip from 1988 to 1993.
Before entering politics, Jim’s passions for youth mentorship and basketball led to his first career with the YMCA in both Calgary and Montreal; he was also a star point guard at Sir George Williams College in Montreal. Jim managed Camp Chief Hector and later ran the counselling centres at both Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary. After earning his PhD in Research Psychology from Colorado State University, Jim taught in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, running their graduate program. Jim was also an entrepreneur, starting and running successful small businesses. In retirement he treated golf and curling like jobs, immensely enjoying friendly competition with his long-time friends until dementia forced him into “full” retirement. A true renaissance man!
Jim loved spending time with his spouse Joanne, a strong supporter of the arts and of archival work at numerous Alberta museums. Joanne was Jim’s true love and partner in life, prior to her passing in 2013. Together they rejoiced and engaged in the growth and successes of their kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews. Friends remember Jim’s keen intellect, huge heart, sense of loyalty and gift of counsel. Colleagues and opponents alike regarded Jim as an honest, principled and compassionate public servant who was in politics for all the “right reasons”. Through a number of life’s challenges, Jim demonstrated tremendous resilience and most recently showed great strength and bravery in facing his journey with dementia, making the best of every day. Jim shared a joyful sense of humour with all, often delighting his caregivers until shortly before his passing.
A special thanks to family, friends, his companion Joanne, caregiver Alara and indeed all other caregivers who cared for Jim with love, dignity and humour. Jim/Dad/Papa will live in our hearts forever.
Those wishing to pay their respects in a visitation with family may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday May 13, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In lieu of flowers, Jim would have appreciated a donation in his name to the YMCA: Youth and Child Empowerment https://www.ymcacalgary.org/youth-empowerment/ or to the University of Calgary in support of dementia research https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/JamesHawkes. Donations can also be made by cheque made payable to the University of Calgary and include “Dementia Research at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute” in the memo line and mailed to: University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, HSC G302, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1.
In living memory of Jim Hawkes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.
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