Date of Birth June 9, 1936
Date Deceased November 2, 2023
Hometown Alfred Station
Home State N.Y.
Service Date November 9, 2023
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location Seneca Union Cemetery, Valois, NY

James Edward Hawes

  ALFRED STATION – James Edward Hawes, 87, affectionately known as either “Jim” or “Ed”, entered into rest unexpectedly on Thursday (Nov. 2, 2023) at his home on County Route 68 (Town of Hartsville).

Born in Watkins Glen, NY on June 9, 1936, he was the son of the late Harold and Mildred (Whitford) Hawes. On Nov. 16, 1957 he married his beloved Mary (Gardner) Hawes, at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen NY, who predeceased him on Feb. 6, 2019, after 61 years of marriage. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by two sisters, Margaret Wells and Marjorie Hawes; and a son-in-law, Mark Lehman.

A graduate of Watkins Glen High School, Jim proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1954 to his honorable discharge in 1958 as a Lead Petty Officer in an electrical repair division. Following his military duty, he studied pre-engineering at Walker College in Alabama.

Jim began his employment with New York State in 1961 and in 1964 he began his career with the State University of New York at Alfred. He assisted in the management of the Maintenance and Operations Department for the 1000 acre main campus and 20 acres at the Wellsville, NY campus and served as the campus energy conservation officer; he retired as the Assistant Dean of Engineering. After his official retirement, he continued to serve as a consulting engineer on numerous projects.

A resident of the Town of Hartsville since 1967, he served as a member of the town board, the Justice of the Peace and chairman of the Assessment Review Committee.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a devout communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where he was a member of the Resurrection Choir, the “cleaning crew” and often assisted in repairs and making various items. Jim was also a member of the Amvets Post No. 245 and the Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell where he also served on the board of directors.

Jim was a very meticulous craftsman and could build or repair just about anything. He especially enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and maintaining his home and equipment.

He is lovingly survived by two children, Harry (Diane) Hawes of Honeoye, NY and Kathy (Jon) Gallant of Alfred Station, NY; four grandchildren, Aaron (Megan) Lehman, Matthew (Gretchen) Lehman, Nick (Vanessa) Hawes and Becky Hawes; four great-grandchildren; Josephine Mary Joyce Lehman, Cade Matthew Lehman, Cameron DeCamilla and Lennox Deane Hawes; his beloved dog, Archie; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2023) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to meet his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 9, 2023). Interment, with military honors, will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at Seneca Union Cemetery, Valois, NY.

The United States flag and the Navy flag will proudly fly at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home in recognition of Jim’s military service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to St. Ann’s Academy, P.O. Box 446, Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Jim’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Jim are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.




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6 Responses

  1. Dear Kathy and Harry,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your families. We loved seeing Eddie at our family reunions, and I am reminded of how close my dad and your dad were. What a precious man he was, and we are honored to have known him as my cousin. Much love and prayers for you that the God of all comfort will comfort you now with His peace.
    Tim and Sharon (Whitford) Stauffer

  2. Kathy and all your family,
    Our condolences for the loss of your Dad. I know how special he was to you.
    Tony and Patti Messina

  3. Dear Harry and Kathy,
    I’m so sorry you’re going through this sorrow of losing your Dad. I know it leaves such an empty space in your hearts and lives. I will be praying God will comfort you and your families. I think of you both often and wish there was a way for all of us cousins to get together.
    Know that we love you and miss seeing you. Your Dad was an awesome man and I know he will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Love Roger and Cathy Bishop

  4. Harry, Kathy and families,
    My love and prayers are with you all during this time. ❤️
    We both understand the sorrow of losing a Dad. We pray God will give you comfort and your memories bring peace to your hearts.
    Wish we could be there to support you in the days to come.
    Take all the time you need to be together and cherish each other.
    Because your Dad was such an amazing person, whose heart and laugh was bigger than life, we know his legacy will live
    on in each of you. As each day passes, please know that we remember you in our prayers and thoughts and continually ask God’s blessings for each of you. I have been remembering times and visits when we were growing up and wish all of us cousins could be together once again.
    Precious memories how they linger!!!
    With all our love ❤️ and prayers,
    Marvin and Dorothy Goss

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