Marblehead, MA — Edward F. Hawkes, of Falmouth and Marblehead, died peacefully at his home on March 27, 2013, at the age of 92. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Marsh Eldridge) Hawkes, devoted father of Ted Hawkes of Gloucester, George Bell of Dorchester, Dorset MacRae of Farmington, N.H., and dear stepfather of Marsha Eldridge and her husband, Bruce Merrill of Oak Bluffs, Peggy Stockman and her husband, Alex Bloom of Boston, Louise Eldridge and her husband, Paul Charland of Brookline, N.H., Lorraine Eldridge and her partner, Tim Tsai of W. Tisbury, and Barbara Eldridge of E. Falmouth. He was the much loved grandfather and great grandfather to 16, and devoted uncle to Lee Rand of Falmouth. He was the son of the late Winslow and Elizabeth (Herr) Hawkes.
Ed was born in Marblehead and spent his youth on and near the water. He was a familiar figure around Barnegat, and loved his lobster boat the Lizzie H. He was well known and respected by all in Marblehead's First Harbor.
In 1941, after war broke out in Europe, Ed traveled north to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, because he was determined to fly. One of many Americans to join the RCAF, Ed served in the 404 Squadron as pilot throughout the war, stationed in England and Scotland.
After the war, Ed returned to Marblehead, where he made his living in and around boats, eventually establishing his own business, Bates & Hawkes, marine surveyors. He married, became a father to his first wife’s children and raised a son of his own, but always stayed close to the sea. In 1979, he married Jean Marsh Eldridge and became a central figure in the lives of an ever expanding family for the remaining years of his life. An affectionate, generous, loyal and dedicated family man, a fully engaged mentor who enthusiastically supported the work of his grandchildren, a worldly gentleman who provided a striking example to the next generation - he was a constant presence in all our lives.
Later in his life, he took up the carving of decoys under the guidance of his close friend, Gerald Smith. His decoys were beautifully carved and meticulously painted, true works of art that were made to be used.
Even though his health had been failing lately, Ed lived 92 years full of life and always on his own terms. We are all better people for having known him; we will miss him so.
ARRANGEMENTS: Burial will be private. A celebration of his life and his memory will be planned for later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, P. O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA, 02601.