John Robert Hawkins
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John Robert Hawkins

December 27, 1934 - January 09, 2013

John Robert Hawkins

December 27, 1934 - January 09, 2013


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Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.

The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.

Memorial Candles

A Perpetual Tribute

The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.

Memorial Trees

Circle of Life

In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.

Sympathy Cards

A Thoughtful Gesture

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The gift of giving

We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.

Financial Support

A Helping Hand

The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.

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Obituary for John Robert Hawkins

HAWKINS, John R., 78, died at home in New York on January 9, 2013, of lung disease. Raised in Walpole, Mass., he moved to New York after graduating from Haverford College in music in 1956. He studied with Martha Graham; taught English and drama at Berkeley Carroll and Rye Country Day schools; edited at W. W. Norton, Downe Publishing, and Franklin Library; and earned his MSW at New York University and practiced psychotherapy. He lived also in Sag Harbor, growing flowers with a passion. He inspired many; encouraged those in Circle Repertory; and sang with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. His brothers Sherman, Richard, and James, his sister, Mary Sachs, fourteen nieces and nephews, and twentyone great-nieces and nephews survive him; his brother Edward died in 2010. Robert Chodo Campbell, for whom he was a mentor and friend, also survives him. His longtime partner, James E. Baker, a diplomat with the Department of State and the UN, died in 2001. Visiting hours Sunday, January 13, 2013 from1:00-5:00, No flowers. Donations: New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Further info: jrh4646(at)

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