Michael Arthur Hawkshaw June 1, 1955 – April 25, 2019
Michael ‘Mick’ was born in Perth Ontario to Barbara Patrick and Ron Cota. Mick has an older brother Tony, whom he adored and respected. Mick and Tony enjoyed their early years in Perth, Montreal and Brampton. They both loved sports and played baseball and football.
When he was 5 years old he underwent open heart surgery for a congenital heart defect at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and was given a prognosis of 18 years. He was determined to surpass any expiration date the medical system had given him. Mick’s mother Barb remarried when he was a young boy to John Knox Hawkshaw, who saw Mick‘s curiosity and potential in building his first go cart. When Mick was 18, Knox introduced Mick to the world of Aviation.
Mick married young and had a daughter Danielle who brought him great joy.
An avid motorcyclist, he would recount stories of getting on his bike and riding to Perth to visit his Gramma Patrick and share a beverage with her on her front porch. He loved riding all over Ontario on his Gold Wing (Steel Horse) listening to classical music.
Mick was a structural engineer in the Aviation industry. He was very respected by his peers in the industry for his dedication and perseverance and developed long lasting relationships.
In fine Mick style, he lived life to the fullest embracing relationships and his craft with passion and conviction.
It was at Innotech Aviation in Montreal where he met his wife Karen. Mick at work was a person who took on extraordinary tasks others would run from. He would make you laugh with his honest wit and bring you close with his personality. Mick guided people with his wisdom and talent taking the time to teach eager learners.
He enjoyed spending time with his in laws Grace and Norm, Karen’s brother Bob (Shelley) and sister Patti (Allan) and their families.
Karen and Mick lived in Moonstone and Mick loved his neighbours and found joy in seeing the children playing and would have popsicles with them.
He had many friends who remember him as a great, great guy whom they loved and respected.
Mick recently spent time in the hospital and decided he was going to beat the prognosis the doctors had given him. He wanted to live life on his terms and come home to live out the rest of his life with his wife and his dog Jewel.
Mick is survived by the love of his life Karen, his mother Barbara, his daughter Danielle (Jason) grandchildren Julian and Jack whom Mick and Karen adored, his brother Tony (Robin) and their children Michael (Meagan), Steven (Sarah), Meaghan, and Gord (Fiona).
Mick’s bright nature will forever guide us on all the dark roads ahead , and his motivated spirit is forever engraved in our souls and hearts. In family request there be no flowers, but donations to Sick Kids Hospital would be greatly appreciated.
Cremation entrusted to
Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service
525 University Avenue, 14th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L3, AL