HAWN, Clair Oreal - (December 30, 1924 - April 10, 2019) - WWII Veteran - With sorrow we announce our father’s passing at 94 after a brief illness at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington.
Clair had recently been united with his wife Gwen at CAMA Woodlands Nursing Home after a two-year separation. We are so happy they were able to enjoy a few weeks together, having been married for 70 years.
Clair was born in Newington, Ontario on December 30, 1924. He was the youngest son of his late parents Lucy and Merrick Hawn, and predeceased by brothers, Orace, Carl, Royal, Donald and sister Audrey.
Cherished father of Rob, Paul, Shelley and Jennifer. He will be fondly remembered by their partners, grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Clair proudly served in WWII, enlisting at age 16 in order to follow his brothers into service. He was promptly sent home for lying about his age. He then re-enlisted at age 18 and served overseas for two years.
Clair was a devoted husband, proud father and a loving grandparent. A strong and muscular man, he always believed in hard work and was also a dedicated employee. He was especially proud to have worked on the Avro Arrow.
The family will receive friends at Smith’s Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario on April 12th from 7 - 9 pm. A service will be held there in the chapel on Saturday, April 13th at 10 am. Light fare and refreshments to follow. Interment in Streetsville at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Veterans Canada would be appreciated by the family.