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Date of Passing: Sep 15, 2013

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JIM HAWES 1944 - 2013 It is with aching hearts that we have to announce the sudden passing of Jim on September 15, 2013 at 68 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Pauline (nee Dubé), three children Renee (Kerry) Baldwin, Brian (Jane) Hawes, Heather (Curtis) Hansen, his beloved grandchildren Laura, Matthew, Christopher, Andrew, Kate, Alex, Kurt and Kelsey, sisters Dorothy (Basil) Kennedy and Helen Bratland, Aunt Elsie Eunson and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Jim was predeceased by his parents Harry and Anne Hawes and his brothers Jack, Bill and Dave. Born and raised in Kenora Ontario, the youngest of six, he resided in Winnipeg for close to 50 years. He had a distinguished career in the aviation industry, beginning in the mid 60's with Midwest Airlines and culminating in the tremendous success of over 37 years building Custom Helicopters. He was a prospector, entrepreneur, aviator and a mentor and friend to all. He was a passionate collector of automobiles and memorabilia, but most of all he was a grandfather and a father and husband. Family was his passion and he made time for everyone. Dad worked tirelessly to provide anything and everything we needed. Spare time was spent coaching and watching our sports and activities and taking the family on adventures. He taught us by example the value of hard work and perseverance. Dad felt that anything could (and should) be fixed if you took the time! We all spent countless hours growing up at the hangar working, watching and learning. The door was always open for friends and visitors and many evenings and weekends were spent talking and laughing. He was never too busy to share a cup of tea and a story or two. He could whistle a tune and recite a story like no other. His one-liners and silly songs will be cherished and missed. As the grandchildren grew, so did Dad's joy. He was never happier or more relaxed than after time spent with the grandchildren. He was infinitely patient, always teaching and guiding. He loved and accepted everyone for the unique people that they were. We will all dearly miss his guidance. He is forever ingrained in our lives and we will love him forever. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr. Private family entombment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Thank you to everyone who provided assistance in Eagle River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel lawn Funeral Home 885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2013

Condolences & Memories (33 entries)

  • We enjoyed the Canadians when they came to ND for the annual Art May Memorial Fun Fly. We loved a couple of trips North to visit Jim and Pauline. Sorry to find this out years later. Prayers to all..Fred & Rochelle - Posted by: Fred & Rochelle Urlacher (Friends) on: Aug 23, 2017

  • I had lost track of the Hawes family after I joined the Navy in 1954, Sorry for you loss I member Jim and met him long ago in Kenora. I received a email from the Welch side of the family last year. They sent me a copy of the family tree very interesting story. Also the Dr. Bernardo's story is a tragic story. I sued on behalf on my Brother and Sister and we were insulted by the settlement. Cheers Ed and Eileen Lugossy Victoria BC - Posted by: Ed Lugossy (Cousin) on: Sep 07, 2014

  • I had lost track of the Hawes family after I joined the Navy in 1954, Sorry for you loss I member Jim and met him long ago in Kenora. I received a email from the Welch side of the family last year. They sent me a copy of the family tree very interesting story. Also the Dr. Bernardo's story is a tragic story. I sued on behalf on my Brother and Sister and we were insulted by the settlement. Cheers Ed and Eileen Lugossy Victoria BC - Posted by: Ed Lugossy (Cousin) on: Sep 07, 2014

  • I am very sorry to just find out about Jim passing last September. I sure enjoyed working for him. To family, friends and all who knew him, I share your profound sense of loss and regret at his too early passing. I will always remember him fondly. Sincerely, John Atkinson - Posted by: John Atkinson (Former employee) on: Jan 01, 2014

  • I knew Jim for many years. He was a kind and hard working man. I will miss him greatly. I considered Jim my friend. - Posted by: Gary Capps (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2013

  • I work for Cappsco International Corp. I met Jim thru telephone conversations. He was always kind and funny. I enjoyed talking to him. He always asked how I was doing and my horses. We talked about weather and he even talked about coming here and looking for a place to live in the winter. I will truly miss him. - Posted by: Joyce Lenox (Business relationship) on: Oct 18, 2013

  • I was very sorry to hear of Jim's passing today. I had met Jim through our Gas & Oil collector auctions as well as the Toronto Classic Car auction. He was always a very pleasant and distinguished gentleman when I ever spoke with him whether it was in person or on the phone. My condolences to all the family, he will be missed very much. - Posted by: Mike Shackelton (Gas & Oil Collector Friend) on: Sep 27, 2013

  • Still in shock over Jim's early passing. The ultimate gentleman, he will always be remembered by Adeline as a true friend who shared our genuine love for our collecting disease. Sincerest sympathies to Pauline, Brian and the girls. Your father touched the hearts of so many with his soft and kind demeanour. We will all remember him with the highest degree of respect and dignity. - Posted by: Linden Johnson (friend) on: Sep 24, 2013

  • Jim, Brian and the Custom crew always did a great job for us in Nunavut. During the busy times of those exploration seasons, it was always good to meet up with Jim. He was never without his calm demeanor, kind words, and a pocket full of jokes. My sincere condolences to Brian and the Hawes family. - Posted by: Janice Fingler (Client (formerly Cumberland Resources)) on: Sep 23, 2013

  • I first met Jim in 1975 when he was Chief Engineer and I was a pilot at Midwest Helicopters, later when I was an employee at Custom Helicopters. He was a friend, sometimes a mentor and always had a cheerful greeting. He will be missed by all especially his family and grandchildren. R.I.P. You will be fondly remembered. - Posted by: Roger Frost (Friend and former employee) on: Sep 23, 2013

  • You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Pauline, Renee, Brian and Heather. I have great memories of visits at your home and mine while we all lived on Buckingham. Jim will truly be missed. - Posted by: Louise Dahle (friend and neighbour) on: Sep 23, 2013

  • To Pauline, Heather, Renee and Brian. I am so sorry for your loss. Lots of childhood memories came back to me when I heard of Jim's passing. You are a family that holds a special place in my heart, and I think of you often. I remember Jim was a gentle soul, always smiling and supportive. May you get through this difficult time, remembering all the good times your family had and will continue to have, in his memory. - Posted by: Susan Reid (Old family friend) on: Sep 23, 2013

  • We are saddened by the sudden passing of uncle Jim. He will be missed. Our thoughts go put to auntie Pauline, Renee, Heather, Brian and all the grandchildren. Love Bill, Natalie, Colton, Cheyenne and Justis Kennedy - Posted by: Bill Kennedy (Nephew) on: Sep 20, 2013

  • Brian and Family: On behalf of my Dad and myself please accept our sincere sympathy over the loss of Jim. He always made time for everybody and was one great guy ! Peter & Bruce - Posted by: Peter C. Dunlop (friend) on: Sep 20, 2013

  • I knew Jim in his teenage years. We had lots of good laughs. Remember him as a gentle giant. My condolences to Pauline and family. - Posted by: Donna {Harrison} Lovering (friend) on: Sep 20, 2013

  • My sincere condolences to Pauline and family. Jim was great to work for. I even got to work on the Kitty Kat - Posted by: Doug Stallard (Former employee) on: Sep 20, 2013

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to the Baldwins and families for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. - Posted by: Donald Lauren Kelly and Jodie Boyd () on: Sep 20, 2013

  • I first met jim in the 9o's through collecting. He had a great passion for the artifacts we loved to chase after. Over the years I found jim to be the kind of person that anyone would aspire to be like hardworking, honest and trustworthy with a great love of family. I will always recall jim ending his emails with stay in touch - Posted by: ward zaharia (oil and gas collector friend) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Our condolences go out to Pauline and family. Jim will be greatly missed. Always enjoyed our get togethers at our grandson Christopher's baseball games. Rest in peace Jim. - Posted by: Dick and Cathy Hansen (Jim's daughter Heather is our daughter in law) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families in this time of sorrow. I did not know Uncle Jim very well, however when I was younger I remember visiting in Winnipeg. He was always kind and welcoming. - Posted by: Colin and Chrissy Hawes and family from Alberta (Nephew) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • My condolences to Brian and family. Jim will be missed by many. I have many fond memories having good times with Jim at mining conventions - Posted by: Warren Heidman (Friend and client of custom helicopters) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • It was always a pleasure meeting with Jim. The conversations always amazing. My thoughts and prayers to the Hawes family during this time. - Posted by: Judy LeRoye (Client) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Wonderful gentleman, beautiful family. Feel fortunate to have known Jim, one of the few people you visit with and can remember his stories several months/years later. condolences to the entire Hawes family. - Posted by: J.J. O'Donnell (Callinex Mines) (friend and business associate) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Dear Pauline, Heather, and family. Just to say how much we will miss Jim, and his antique car tours through Charleswood. Also his dropping by on his bike, and having friendly chats discussing old times, and what's new. - Posted by: Norm And Joyce Jurkow (Neighbourhood Friends) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Just a fond remembrance as I worked contract for Jim for several years. Sincere condolences to the family. Indeed a valuable member of Canadian rotor wing history. Plenty of time for wonderful flights aloft in the old T craft now. Regards Gerry - Posted by: Gerry Whalen (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • I knew Jim from his Midwest days and was one of the first 3 employees when he was instrumental in starting Custom Helicopters. He was a fine mentor, but more especially a friend! He will be sadly missed by all, especially the aviation fraternity. RIP Jim until we meet again. - Posted by: Rick Tyefisher (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Our sincerest condolences to the entire family at the sudden loss of Jim and we are truly saddened that he will not able to share more of himself in the upcoming years. Our deepest sympathies to Brian, Jane and their family..he will always be there in spirit....hold onto the memories, remember the good times and cherish them forever. - Posted by: Lydia Surasky Matte and Gerry Matte (Friends of Brian and Jane) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • I just heard about Jim's passing. I am greatly saddened. Jim and I had so many great experiences together and wonderful talks over the years. Including one adventure of a lifetime flying low level over the Amazon bringing a helicopter together from Boliva to Canada. Also Jim always had time to lend me an ear and offer his great advice. Our sympathies and hearts go out to Brian, Pauline and all the members of Jim's family and company. I will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Bruce Maxwell and all the members of Blades Aviation (good friend) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • My sincere condolences to Pauline and family. I treasure wonderful memories when my husband John was alive, the special Christmas dinner events and many more special occasions, I know John thought so highly of Jim, he was a kind and hard working gentleman, I know he will be so sadly missed by Pauline, his family and many friends. - Posted by: Sylvia MacDonald (friend) on: Sep 18, 2013

  • I came to know Jim as an Oil & Gas Collector and always enjoyed talking to him about the hobby, and his latest finds. Such a pleasant man who'll be missed by many, and forgotten by few! Rest in peace Jim Hawes. Prayers and support to all of his family! "An Old Irish Blessing" May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. - Posted by: Graeme Browne (Automobile / Oil & Gas Collector / Friend) on: Sep 18, 2013

  • I'm so sorry to hear about Jim's passing! :( He's a true gentleman! I knew him as a quiet man who had tremendous strength of confidence and conviction. The latter qualities being instrumental to flying helicopters under many, many different conditions. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the entire Hawes family but particularly Brian who I also know personally. - Posted by: Andre Desrosiers (Client) on: Sep 18, 2013

  • It was a great pleasure working with this true gentleman since Custom became a customer of ours in 2007. Brian and Gary and all at Custom, I'm you sure that you will miss him greatly. - Posted by: Nick Parkinson (Business ) on: Sep 18, 2013

  • My most sincere condolences to the entire family on the loss of Jim. A humble, kind, and hard working gentleman. I will miss him greatly, and am truly saddened at his passing. - Posted by: Tim Nosworthy (Friend and business associate) on: Sep 18, 2013

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