Ben F. Hawkins

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Ben F. Hawkins

February 21, 1934 - October 28, 2018

Ben F. Hawkins PEABODY, Mass. - Ben Francis Hawkins passed away peacefully, with his family nearby on Oct. 28, 2018.
He was born in 1934, son of Vernon Mills Hawkins III and Velesta Holmes Hawkins, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He attended schools in Sharon, Mass. and graduated from Governor's Academy and Cornell University. He later received a Master's in Economics from SUNY Oneonta, and graduated from the Stonier School of Banking.
In 1956 he married Ruth "Rudy" Landon Clarke of Jamestown, Pennsylvania and together they raised six children. He managed a dairy farm with his father in Benson, Vermont from 1956 to 1964, then spent seventeen years of his career as a banker with Key Bank in Albany and Oneonta, and later served as CFO at Mohawk Finishing Co. in Amsterdam until his retirement in 1994.
Throughout his life, Ben was active in community service, church activities and musical performance. Through his active involvement in Rotary, Ben's family hosted many exchange students, taking them skiing in Vt. and boating on Adirondack Lakes.
In retirement, he and Rudy enjoyed many years in Rhode Island, sailing and helping their community. Since Sept. 2017, they have enjoyed residing in Brooksby Village, Peabody, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, Rudy; six children, Tim (Tracy), Bruce (Wendy), Craig (Lisa), Riley (Niki), Nanci (Tony) and Cynci (Jeff); and sixteen grandchildren.
Ben left his body to Tufts Anatomical Research Program. A memorial service will be planned later.
Any memorial gifts may be sent to Brooksby Village Protestant Community, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960 or to Woodbury Union Church, Presbyterian at P.O. Box 9484, Warwick, RI 02889.
Arrangements were made by Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home.
Published on November 6, 2018
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