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George O Hawkinson

March 15, 1945 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

George Hawkinson Obituary

GEORGE O. HAWKINSON

March 15, 1945 - December 24, 2023

George Olof Hawkinson was born on March 15, 1945, in Providence, Rhode Island, to Gunnar and Sonja Hawkinson who loved God and served as Salvation Army Officers for many years. The family moved several times during his childhood to different appointments throughout the Northeast and George attended several schools, graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1962. He attended Upsala College in East Orange N.J. where he met the love of his life, Beth. After graduation in June 1966, he attended Air Force Officer Training School and began his officer career at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

George and Beth married in Hartford, CT on June 8, 1968. They transferred to Los Angeles, CA where he earned a Master of Science degree in 1971 from the University of Southern California while working for the AF Contract Management Division at Los Angeles Air Force Station.

After leaving the Air Force in 1971, he continued as a civilian at the Air Force Plant Representative Office located at Martin Marietta Corporation in Littleton, CO. Several moves followed to Ramstein, Germany, Albuquerque, NM and finally Bedford, TX in 1990. After his retirement from the Air Force Plant Representative Office at General Dynamics, he worked as a Cost/Price Analyst for the Department of Energy for the Super Conducting Super Collider project in Waxahachie, TX until the project closed in 1995, and for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) until he retired again in 2007.

He loved people and his volunteer work at the front desk of Texas Health HEB Hospital and as an Ambassador for the DFW Airport through which he made many lasting friendships.

George celebrated his Swedish heritage and passed that on to his family with many traditions as well as a love for traveling and maintaining connections with his extended family in Sweden.

He was an active member of Martin United Methodist Church. He coordinated the quarterly Blood Drive, sang in the choir, participated in Bible Studies, and served as Treasurer of his Genesis Sunday School Class for many years. He loved getting together with his class for volunteer opportunities, parties, and the occasional golf game with the guys.

George was a man of strong faith and love of family. Humble and kind, he loved a good pun and making everyone laugh. He loved playing his cornet, listening to brass band march music, attending his granddaughters' extracurricular events as often as he could, rooting for the Denver Broncos and "resting his eyes" while watching golf. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was a gentle and loving man with an infectious smile and always a positive attitude. For the past 10 ½ years George struggled with advancing Parkinson's Disease and was encouraged by his friends at the Parkinson's Support Group in Bedford. He lived in hope, never complained, and was determined to do everything he could to thrive and live life to the fullest as long as he could. A big part of that was exercise classes - boxing, Tai Chi, and the Spin Class at the YMCA in Bedford where he loved the enthusiasm and energy of his instructors and classmates.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Beth, their daughter Susan Gorman and son-in-law Brent, of North Richland Hills, TX, their son, Jeff of Frisco, TX, and a sister, Ingrid D'Angelo and her husband Michael, of Colorado Springs, CO. George was also blessed by his four  granddaughters, Annika Beth Gorman, Linnea Elaine Gorman, Paige Sofie Hawkinson and Penelope Sonja Hawkinson. He is also survived by his cousins Karen Hawkinson of Windsor, CT, Karen Lundgren of Lexington, SC and Lars Hakanson, Sonja Jagstal and Ruth Baronowsky of Stockholm, Sweden.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on January 12, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Martin United Methodist Church, 2621 Bedford Rd, Bedford, TX 76021. The Service will also be broadcast on Martin United Methodist Church's Facebook page. Military Burial will be held at a later date at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorial donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's

Research (www.michaeljfox.org), the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org) or Martin United Methodist Church (www.martinmethodist.org).

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