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Gordon L. Hawes

Date of Death: February 20, 2018
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Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Monday 2/26, 11:00 am
Mount Hebron Cemetery
305 E. Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Monday 2/26

Gordon L. Hawes, 92, of Alexandria, Virginia, died Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Hawes was born in 1925, in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of the late Alice Evans and Ezra Hawes. He was a graduate of George Washington High School. Mr. Hawes was a veteran having servedContinue Reading

Linda Wagner left a message on February 25, 2018:
Such a devoted, loving person. Gordon is the epitome of the family man. I have known Gordon, Piet, Sonny and Steve since childhood. While the elders (most German born) enjoyed gathering over good food, German beer, wine and the latest cocktails, we kids were sequestered in the TV room - memories of such shows as Gilligan's Island and Secret Agent Man. Piet worked with my parents at the American Historical Association/Federal Records Center in Old Town Alexandria's Torpedo Factory and the National Archives in DC. As both my parents were Bavarian and I traveled there extensively, I loved visiting Gordon and Piet for hours of sharing joyful memories of beloved people, places and things. Forever a part of my being. Thank you for that gift.
Chuck Bailey left a message on February 23, 2018:
Gordon and Pete were amongst the original Wakefield homeowners together with my parents in 1954. As I was two then, he is part of my earliest and fondest memories of a treasured childhood. Lifelong friendships with him, Pete, Steve and Sonja are rooted in that neighborhood, which I believe always had a special place in his heart. Recently, we shared comments on how that generation of Wakefield parents will always be remembered for their exceptional love, energy, fun and commitment to kids. There were no broken homes on Utica Avenue, but there was a sense of humor, perspective and comfort that Gordon helped foster. Gordon and Pete’s love for Europe inspired my own discoveries and chapters of life on that side of the Pond. As years passed, we shared travel notes and foodie stories, and one occasion when an overlapping weekend in Munich with Steve was possible. Like me, Gordon was an American in love with Europe and it meant much to me when he would nod his head affirmatively at my takes on people and places. Just a few weeks ago, he was speaking of a roller-rink experience during his post-war visit to Lausanne, where I lived just before returning Stateside a few years ago. When I next was online, I spent a few hours researching “patinoires à roulettes” that existed then. Alexandria was his home and much knowledge passes with him. His extraordinary memories of life in Old Town, DelRay and Washington have had me look at streets and places differently. Airports were his work platform for much of his career and, like my dad, he was at Dulles from its opening and watched and served the first Concordes and 747s when they arrived. Dulles and National were once exciting and fun places to be. Gordon was always one of the dads—whether in our “circle” or in Scouts or driving us to/from the Alexandria Roller Rink or Virginia or Reed theatres on weekends. Our conversations will be missed, but always treasured and without end.
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