ROBERT JOSEPH HAWLEY – in Woburn, May 28th. Beloved husband of Alice E. (Corbett) Hawley. Devoted father of Richard J. Hawley, his wife Paula of Woburn, Karen E. Doherty, her husband Peter of Woburn. Dear brother of Philip A. Hawley, his late wife Ruth (McIssac) , Irene Santamaria, her late husband Peter of NH. Very special Grampy of Robert J. Hawley, his wife Marie of Woburn, Richard T. Hawley, Caitlin E. Doherty, her husband Ryan Manzelli all of Woburn, Ashley C. Doherty of Melrose, Caroline R. Doherty of Watertown, and great-grandfather of Jamie and Eric . Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 3rd, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, June 2nd, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances in Robert’s memory may be made to the VNA of Middlesex-East Hospice, 607 North Ave, Suite #17, Wakefield, MA 01880.
Robert Joseph Hawley passed away at his home on Saturday, May 28th, surrounded by his loving family. The beloved husband of Alice E. (Corbett) Hawley, Bob was 89 years of age.
Born in Pepperell, Bob was the son of the late Alfred Joseph and Agnes Mary (Rodier) Hawley. The Hawley family moved to Winchester in the early thirties, where Bob attended grammar school for a few years before moving to Woburn.
Bob graduated from Woburn High School in 1945, at which time he joined the U.S. Navy. After boot camp at Sampson Naval Training Station, he was assigned to the crew of the Destroyer USS Brush DD745, which was deployed to the Pacific as part of the 3rd Fleet. After dropping anchor at many Pacific islands as well as Shanghai China, Korea, and Manila, Bob returned to the U.S.A. aboard the troop ship Samuel E. Chase. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946.
Soon after, he went to work at the John L. Fowle Company on Salem Street. In May of 1948, he married Alice Elizabeth Corbett in St. Charles Church in Woburn. In 1954, Bob went to work for the J.H. Winn Co. in Winchester, where he worked for over thirty years. During these years, he rose through the ranks of machine setup man to retire as Manufacturing Manager for the Winchester Plant as well as their manufacturing plant in Derry, NH. During his tenure at the Winn Co. he became a member of the Foremans Club of Boston and the American Society of Engineers, as well as receiving many company awards for his innovative solutions to manufacturing problems. While employed at Winn-McCord Company, Bob made many trips to customers in this country as well as trips to Switzerland for the selection of manufacturing equipment.
Bob was well versed in the basic skills of carpentry, electrical, plumbing and machining, which allowed him to build their first home on Burlington Street, and many years later, on Lisa Drive in Woburn.
In order to solve the boredom of retirement, he took a part time job with Malvy’s Florist in Woburn where he worked for about a dozen years. He immensely enjoyed the friendships made during this period.
Throughout their married lives, Bob and Alice enjoyed traveling to such destinations as Europe, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Aruba and many years of vacationing in Boca Raton, Florida. They were also avid square dancers, dancing throughout the New England area for many years. At one point in their dancing years, they were Presidents of the local Baldwin Apple Squares Dance Club.
Throughout his lifetime, Bob prided himself on his ability to build many pieces of furniture for family members as well as his ability to fix many household problems for friends and family. He also enjoyed being involved in the activities of his children, Richard (Rick) and daughter Karen as well as his grandchildren Robert, Caitlin, Richard, Ashley and Caroline, never missing a chance to attend their many activities including graduations. He was also a member of the Woburn Country Club, where he enjoyed many years of golf, as well as making friendships with local golfers. Although never regarding himself as a proficient golfer, he did manage to get a “hole in one” on two different golf courses, one in Florida and the other in Ipswich.
Bob is lovingly survived by his wife, Alice E. (Corbett) Hawley; his children Richard J. Hawley and his wife Paula of Woburn and Karen E. Doherty and her husband Peter of Woburn; his siblings Philip A. Hawley and his late wife Ruth (McIssac) and Irene Santamaria and her late husband Peter of NH; his grandchildren Robert J. Hawley and his wife Marie of Woburn, Richard T. Hawley, Caitlin E. Doherty and her husband Ryan Manzelli all of Woburn, Ashley C. Doherty of Melrose and Caroline R. Doherty of Watertown, and his great-grandchildren Jamie and Eric . Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 3rd, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, June 2nd, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances in Robert’s memory may be made to the VNA of Middlesex-East Hospice, 607 North Ave, Suite #17, Wakefield, MA 01880.