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Clair Edward Dawkins 19312021

Clair Edward Dawkins
1931-2021
Clair Edward Dawkins, of Fredericton, New Brunswick passed
away on June 1, 2021 at the Doctor Everett Chalmers
Hospital. He was 90 years of age. Known to many as « Dawk »,
he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimers in
2016.
Dad was born in Fredericton on March
7, 1931. He was educated well at Charlotte Street School, Fredericton
High School (1948) and the University of New Brunswick. He graduated
in 1954 with a degree in Civil Engineering which prepared
him for his lifetime career in the telecommunications
industry.
After graduation the family left
Fredericton and spent the next 11 years moving frequently as dad
pursued various opportunities with Bell Telephone. Tired of the
nomadic life and wanting to be close to his aging parents he moved the
family back to Fredericton. He worked as an engineer for
NBTel until his retirement in 1984.
Dad had many interests and hobbies. He was a good ball
player, and was an avid participant with the NBtel softball team, both
on and off the field, for many years. He followed professional
baseball and hockey closely, cheering always for the Yankees and the
Canadiens.
He loved old heritage houses and
restoring them. He and mum bought their first one on Saint John Street
in 1969, lovingly restored it, and then purchased three other
« projects » and gave them new life. Dad’s prowess
with a paint brush coupled with mom’s great eye for
decorating, resulted in beautiful homes.
Over the years Dad also collected
vintage cars- his prize one, a 1957 Corvette; race horses, which meant
he was often seen at the raceway, and antique furniture. He and mum
were regulars at Russell Bond and Tim Isaac auctions, and their homes
were full of auction treasures.
Clair is survived by his wife, Rae Dawkins (Lakes),
four children, Donna (Sam) of Fredericton, Dan (Helen) of
Ballarat, Australia, Jennifer (Richard) Toronto, and
Lorraine (Brian) also in Toronto. He also leaves five grandchildren;
Sarah and Simon Pacey, Dylan and Claire Floody and
Shannon Dawkins and two great grandchildren; Desmond and Marigold
Pacey. Each one of these kids was taught how to catch a ball and
handle a hockey stick by Grampy.
Clair is also survived by two sisters, Catherine Giles(
Fredericton) and Gloria Dawkins (Brockway). He was predeceased by his
father, Herbert and his mother, Edna (Clewley), an infant brother,
Melvin and sister, Phyllis Hopper. Catherine and
Gloria offered care and support to Clair until the end and his niece
Caroline Giles McLaughlin lavished him with attention, setting up
FaceTime sessions with his family around the world and organizing his
90th birthday party at Brunswick Hall,
Shannex.
Dad was a geography whiz. He knew the capital
city of any country we named. He loved to travel to new and
interesting places, and enjoyed getting the whole family together
despite geographical distances. Many happy reunions and weddings were
held at Rexton, Grand Lake, Lake Kasshabog, Toronto, New York City,
Cape Cod, Florida, South Carolina and
Australia.
There will be a Celebration of Clair’s life at a later
time and he has asked that his ashes be spread in some of his
favourite places, including around second base at the ball diamond at
Queen Square.
Despite his dementia and
his frailty Dad was gentle and pleasant till the very end. The last
words he spoke were to a Doctor who while checking on him, pulled the
blankets over his small body. With his eyes closed
he whispered, « thank you, » to
her.
No, Dad, it’s all of your loving family and friends,
who thank you.
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