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Born: May 19, 1937

Date of Passing: Nov 20, 2022

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Robert Hawksworth, beloved husband of Gloria, passed away peacefully at Misericordia Hospital on November 20, 2022.
Robert was predeceased by his parents, Eric and Lillian Hawksworth, younger brother Ronald and sister-in-law Helene. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife and best friend Gloria, nephew Daniel (Andrea) Hawksworth, brother-in-law Frank (Pamela) Bann, niece Cristi (Devon) Danielson and family, niece Robyn (Scott) Stewart and family and special cousin Doris Weber.
Bob was born in Winnipeg on May 19, 1937 and lived his entire life here. After attending Lord Selkirk High School, he worked for several years at T. Eaton Co. Bob and Gloria were married in 1965. In 1967 he returned to school, receiving his B.A. from the University of Winnipeg and later his B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. Bob spent 25 years teaching at Sanford Collegiate, retiring in 1997. After retirement, Bob became a substitute teacher in the Morris-Macdonald School Division. For many years, until his passing, Bob had been a member of St. Chad's Anglican parish.
Many thanks to the staff on the 6th Floor, Misericordia Health Centre for their care and compassion during Bob's final days.
A memorial service celebrating Bob's life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 30, 2022 at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, with Reverend Dwight Rutherford presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Winnipeg Humane Society, or a charity of your choice, would be welcome.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • My condolences to Mrs. Hawksworth and Family!! As a former student I have good memories of Mr. Hawksworth 's personality and he was a good teacher, I have retained a few of the french words I was taught. And I did listen when he advised me not to continue taking French. My condolences again to the whole Family. Shelley (Milne) Unger - Posted by: Shelley Unger (former student) on: Dec 06, 2022

  • So sad to hear about Mr. Hawksworth's passing. I adored him as a teacher. He was funny and kind. He cared about his students, regardless of whether you were top in the class or among those who struggled to keep up. He took awkward adolescents (like myself) seriously--despite the good-natured teasing. One day he caught me reading The Lord of The Rings in class; a tap from him on the corner of my desk made the book disappear, but afterwards we ended up in a great conversation about the book, which he had also read. Reposez en paix, mon cher professeur! - Posted by: Muriel Mellow (Former student ) on: Nov 30, 2022

  • The passing of Bob Hawksworth has brought us much sadness and kindled fond memories. For some 10 years we were next door neighbours to Bob and Gloria. They welcomed us as newcomers and a firm friendship developed. We shared each other’s conversation and indulged Bob’s witticisms. While our two children attended primary school, they took them in until we arrived home from work. During the intervening 34 years since leaving Winnipeg we have kept in touch. This summer past, good fortune brought us together for a final meal together while Bob was able to join in. He will be dearly missed and our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Gloria and her family. Marg & Scott Martin, Thunder Bay - Posted by: Marg & Scott Martin (Friends) on: Nov 29, 2022

  • Mr. Hawksworth was an incredible teacher who made every student - regardless of their ability - feel welcome and valuable in the classroom. His ~terrible~ jokes have remained fondly in my memory ("Did you get a haircut?" "No, I got all of them cut!"), and I know he will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Mr. Hawksworth, and thank you for touching so many lives throughout your career. - Posted by: Melissa Schlichting (Student) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • Sad to hear about Mr. Hawksworth's passing. I always enjoyed French class and respected his commitment to his own continuing development with the language. He also drove a cool car, although I didn't understand the plastic seat covers.... Anne Bridge (otherwise known as Mademoiselle DuPont!) - Posted by: Anne Bridge (Former student) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • Thank you Mr. Hawksworth for being a great teacher. Always a smile and you really cared, would check in with us to see how we were doing, kept learning fun. Great memories. Condolences to your family. - Posted by: Lori Ranseth Payne (Student ) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hawksworth's passing, I was a former student and he was my favorite teacher, even though I wasn’t very good at French, my friends and I spent our lunch hours in his classroom just chatting . - Posted by: Melody Van Walleghem (Former Student) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Hugs to you Gloria and family. He was so nice to us when we came to visit you at your home. Hugs - Posted by: Diane Hazeu (Gloria's cousin) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • My codolences to Gloria. I had the pleasure of visiting Bob and Gloria recently and I enjoyed Bob's quick wit and sense of humour. We also enjoyed memories of family Christmas and New Years parties. He was a good man. - Posted by: Ken Sargeant (cousin) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • One of the few who made learning fun. He was an amazing teacher. Condolences to family and friends. - Posted by: Wendie Steppler (Former student) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I was in high school the first year Mr Hawksworth taught at Sanford Collegiate. He truly was a credit to his profession and left a positive mark on many young minds - Posted by: Susan Harder Morgan (Former student) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Hawksworth’s passing. I have thought of him many times over the years as I’ve tried to keep up using and remembering my French language skills. He was funny, kind, reasonable and a great teacher. My condolences to his wife and family. - Posted by: Stacie (Former student (Grad ‘93)) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I taught withBob for the 25 years he was at Sanford Collegiate. Enjoyed Bob humorous conversations in the staff room before classes started. - Posted by: Don Lepper (Taught with Bob at Sanford Collegiate.) on: Nov 26, 2022

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