Francis R. Hawkins, 92
Father of the pastor at St. Luke's Church in Barrington; sales representative for Celotex for many years and Providence College graduate.
Francis R. Hawkins, of Atria Bay Spring Village, Barrington, and Briny Breezes, Fla., died on February 26, 2013. He was 92.
He was the husband of the late Marion S. (McConnell) Hawkins. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Michael and Ellen (Miner) Hawkins.
Hawkins held various sales positions throughout the Northeast States representing the Celotex Corp.
He was a graduate of Hope High School Class of 1939 and a graduate of Providence College Class of 1942.
He was a communicant of St. Luke's Church, Barrington, and St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Delray Beach, Fla. He was an anchorman for the Briny Breezes Broadcast Corporation. He was an active member of the Providence College Alumni Association.
A sports enthusiast, he enjoyed golfing, swimming, hiking and watching Notre Dame football games.
He was an Air Force veteran serving as a corporal in the European Theatre during World War II.
He is survived by three sons, the Rev. Robert F. Hawkins, pastor of St. Luke's Church, Barrington, Charles M. Hawkins of North Providence and Stephen M. Hawkins of Odessa, Fla.; a daughter; Mary Ellen Brady of Jefferson, NH; five grandchildren, Sarah Brady Clark, Ellen Hoverman, Kerry Beth Brady, Stephen M. Hawkins Jr. and Corey A. Hawkins, and three great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Thomas Hawkins and Katherine Wetzel.
His funeral will be held on Saturday March 2, 2013 from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 am with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by his son at St. Luke's Church, Washington Road, Barrington, at 10 am. Graveside burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Providence.
Calling hours are today from 4 to 7 pm at the funeral home.
Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in his memory to St. Luke School, 10 Waldron Road, Barrington, RI, 02806 or The Providence College Alumni Association, Attn: Alumni Relations, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI, 02918 would be deeply appreciated.