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Donald Patrick Hawco

1955 - 2021

Harbour Main


Donald “Don” Patrick Hawco passed away peacefully April 17th, 2021, at the age of 66, surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born and raised in Buchans and later moved to Harbour Main where he met the love of his life, Marion Dalton, whom he married in 1978.  After they married, Don, an accomplished carpenter, built a home in Harbour Main where they have lived ever since, filling it over the years with love and memories of raising their children Donny and Justin (and many pets), hosting family Sunday dinner, and enjoying quiet cups of tea in the kitchen.

Don loved being in the woods and would often spend many weekends, with his family, cutting their annual source of heat for the winter. The smell of burnt toast, beans and wieners over the campfire will never be forgotten, as it was a staple on the long winter days. When not in the woods, Don spent most of his free time driving around the province to hockey games and tournaments and spent countless hours at the rink supporting both of his sons. He could always be found leaning against the handrail hollering words of encouragement and the occasional “get your arse in gear”.

Don was a hard-working man who instilled the same trait into both his sons at a very early age by having them mow the soccer field size lawn with a push mower, shovel the 8-car driveway and split wood by hand. Don was not a foolish man, once his sons flew the nest, he quickly purchased a sit-on lawn mower, snowplow, and electric wood splitter.  

Later in life, Don grew an appreciation for gardening and could often be found at the bottom of the yard in his ever-expanding vegetable garden, which he was quite proud of. Though his greatest gift in life were his grandkids. Although distance prevented as much personal interaction as he would have liked, they always brought a big smile to his face. His biggest regret would have been that he was unable to finish the playroom “shed” that he promised them. Although the time was short, “Poppy Don” made an everlasting impression on each of them.     

Don is survived by his wife, Marion, sons; Donny (Heather) and Justin (Leslie), grandchildren; Eva, Leighton, Jason and Liam mother, Agnes, brothers; Tom (Theresa), Kevin (Staish) and Gerard (Shirley), sisters; Mary (Wayne) and Carol Ann (Greg), sister-in-law, Mena (Nick), brothers and sisters-in-law; George (Alice), Ed (Gerianne), Bill (Joan), Assumpta (John) and Rose (Charlie), along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased in death by his father Thomas, brother Edward and sister Helen.

A special thank you to the health care professionals and staff at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and Eastern Health Dialysis Unit | Mount Pearl for their loving care and support as he battled his illness, and specifically during his final days.

A celebration of life will be held once all immediate family are able to travel to Newfoundland, to be all together again, just as Don would have wanted. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Cancer or Kidney Foundation.


Kidney Foundation Of Canada
10 Pippy Place, St. John's NL A1B 3X3

Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation
300 Prince Philip Drive, St. John's NL A1B 3V6

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Tom & Julia Costello

May 11, 2021 4:47 PM

Marion & Family, So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Know our thoughts & prayers are with during this difficult time. 

Josephine Duggan

May 5, 2021 9:38 PM

Marion and Family  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your life.. Rest in peace Don.  God bless you all.      Josephine and Pat.

Chris Devereaux and Kim Kettle

April 27, 2021 9:14 PM

Marion, Donny, and Justin,
So sorry to hear about Don. I have lots of fond memories of Don. He was always welcoming whenever i walked into your house. I’ll always remember the entertaining conversations during meals at your dining room table. He will be missed. Thinking of you guys at this difficult time

Marion & Gordon Cole

April 26, 2021 10:08 AM

Marion & Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in your lives.

Gerry & Mary Penney

April 25, 2021 4:33 PM

Marion and family, 
Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Don. At this sad time, and into the future, may you take comfort from memories of special times together, and  when you are ready, share those special memories with family and friends. He who is remembered by many is never truly gone. Take care.

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