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James Hawley

April 1, 1955 ~ March 16, 2022 (age 66)


James Thomas Hawley

Ingonish Beach


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of James Thomas Hawley, 66, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Buchanan Memorial Hospital, Neil’s Harbor, with his loving mother Eileen, brother Wayne and niece-in-law Tara Donovan by his side. Born on April 1, 1955, in the beautiful town of Ingonish, he was the son of Eileen Hawley and the late Charles Hawley.

James spent his years living in Ingonish Beach with his parents. He worked alongside his friend and neighbor, Simon Brewer, lobster fishing for most of his life. When Simon retired, James then began working for Victoria Co-op Fisheries, where he remained until his retirement.

When James was not working, he would often be found hunting and ski-dooing. James loved to get out for a walk and visit with close friends. Twice a day you were guaranteed to look out your window and see “ Mr. H.” walking down over the hill for a visit with his two dearest friends, Corn Whitty (Betty) and James Whitty (Debbie). James W. and Corn were like brothers to him. James would talk of them fondly and never hesitate to lend a helping hand, fixing a chainsaw or setting up as satellite dish. He’d give anything to anyone, even if it wasn’t his to give, as the saying goes.

James will always be remembered his kind soul and his passion to throw himself into any project, just to help out a friend. He always loved a good joke, whether it was being told to him, or he was sharing it with others.

He is survived by a loving family; his mother Eileen Hawley, sister Darlene (John), brothers Wayne (Fern), and Everett, as well as his five beautiful nieces and three nephews.

James was predeceased by his loving father Charles Hawley, and brothers Michael and Andy.

Special thanks to all the staff at Buchanan Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care, and all of James’s loving family and friends for your support and contributions during this difficult time.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation at this time. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Donations in memory of James may be made to the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at

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