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Passed in: FLORENCE, Nova Scotia
Passed on: March 10th, 2017

It is with sadness that our father Joseph “Jody” Arthur Hawkins passed away in his sleep, at home in Florence on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 89 years of age. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
The son of the late Jack and Elizabeth (Laffin), Jody always had a strong sense of civic duty. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army at the age of 17 during World War II and re-enlisted as a paratrooper in the Korean War serving 14 months on the front lines. Upon his return to Cape Breton, Jody continued work in the coal mines where he stayed and worked for 40+ years until his retirement. He was also a lifetime member of the Florence Legion.
Jody will be dearly missed by his family, children, Mary (Wayne) Pero and Joe (Barb) both of Florence, Susan Young of Alberta, Jake (Karen) of Elmsdale, Ricky (Marilyn) of North Sydney, Jo-Anne (Brad) Rahey of Georges River, Kenny (Allan) of Sydney and John Wayne of Montreal; grandchildren, April, Wayne, Chris, Kent, Ashley, Shane, Joey, Richard, Ryan, Randy, Chloe, Lindsey, Cole, Fiona, Valerie, Devan and Derek; great-grandchildren, Dana, Brandon, Melody, Lucina and Mya; sisters-in-law, Shirley, Margie and Eva; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and very good friends and neighbors, Cameron and Brenda Jessome, Bobbie Reid, Josie Tobin and their families.
Jody was predeceased by his wife, Joan (Pearo); sons, John Blair, Brian and Frankie; daughter, Valerie; sisters, Rose Ginter, Bridget Reid; brothers, John, Jimmy and Earl; brothers-in-law, Bud Ginter, Jake Reid as well as his son-in-law, Raymond Young.
Wake will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 2-4 and from 7-9 at Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home, 10 Clyde Ave., Sydney Mines.
Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Carman United Church in Sydney Mines with Rev. Nick Phillips officiating. Interment in Brookside Cemetery will take place at a later date.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.fillmoreandwhitman.com. Donations in Jody’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.



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