George William Hawkins III (Bill), ADC, USCG Ret. passed away on the morning of February 20, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. He was born to George WIlliam Hawkins Jr. and Viola M. Noye on April 20 1937 in Bangor Maine. He grew up in Hampden, Me, and spent many hours on the Penobscot river hunting and fishing and graduated from Hampden Academy in 1955. He served in the Army from 1956 to 58 with two tours in Korea.
In 1958 he started dating the love of his life Judith E. Rawcliffe. He missed one night in eighteen months, marrying her in March 1960 at the age of 23. Bill re-enlisted in the Army in 1961. In the summer of 1962, they welcomed their first son, Scott. While in the Army, he completed several tours of duty in Chile, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Finishing them off while Judy took Scott home to Maine to await the arrival of their second child.
Their second son John was born just a few weeks before he was discharged in January of 1966. He returned home to Hampden but didn’t stay long. In 1968 he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, kicking off a very distinguished career. Later on he was stationed in Puerto Rico for three years where he lived up to his father’s prediction of “if you marry that girl you’re gonna have horses for the rest of your life”, flying two horses from Puerto Rico to Miami and driving them the rest of the way home. He served until 1980 when he retired and moved to Eddington Me. He worked at Bangor Mental Health Institute from 1981 to 1996, leaving in 1996 due to a stroke. Despite losing the use of one of his arms, he continued to enjoy all his old hobbies, including; collecting antique motors, working on engines, and spending time with his family. In 1986 he became a grandfather to his only grandson Christopher, with his first granddaughter, Amber following in 1989. In 1998 his final grandchild Rebekah was born.
He is predeceased by his mother Viola, father George, daughter-in-law Judy, brother-in-law and best friend Jim, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy, sons Scott and John, and his daughter-in-law Stephanie (John’s wife), three grandchildren Christopher, Amber, Rebekah, and granddaughter-in-law Jessica (Christopher’s wife), and great-grandchildren Brody, Donnie, Eamon, and Izaiah. His Aunt Vera, and special friends Jon and Marie Ford, Mike and Alexis Scanlon, Brenda Manzo, and the Goffin Family. As well as his bunny Thumper, and cat Nicki. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be sent to St. Joseph's Home Hospice and Crossroads Christian Camp.