Russell Hawkins

Obituary of Russell Hawkins

Russell A. Hawkins, age 82, died peacefully at home on December 8, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Canandaigua on July 29, 1934 to Arthur and Marion. Family members who celebrate his life are his wife of 59 years, Dolores; daughters, Deborah (Paul Benson), Darlene (Mark) Fox and Susan (Matt) Strack; grandchildren, Karen (Ben) Engle, Megan (Steven) Schreiner, Andrew Strack, Daniel Strack and David Benson; sister, Elaine Joseph; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lisa; brother, Bruce; and sister, Arlene Treadwell.

Russell was a graduate of Naples Central School and New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University. He served on the Naples School Board, Town Board in South Bristol, NY, Lake Pointe Village Home Owners' Board (Mulberry FL), as well as actively involved in his local church serving his Lord. Russell was a South Bristol NY 5th generation farmer and was a man with diverse interests including: singing, history, photography, traveling, computers and, above all, was dedicated to family and friends and loved every opportunity to be with them.

Calling hours will be 3-7pm, Monday, December 12 at Baird-Moore Funeral Home, 154 S. Main St., Naples NY. A celebration of Russell's life will be held 1 pm, Tuesday, December 13, at LifeSpring Community Church, 5026 North Rd., Canandaigua, NY with a reception to follow. Burial will be in the Coye Cemetery in South Bristol.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either F.F. Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish St, Canandaigua NY 14424 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St, Suite 500, Chicago IL 60611.