Wendell Harold Hawley

May 20, 1921 ~ April 8, 2018 (age 96)

Wendell Harold Hawley



Wendell H. Hawley, 97, of Williston, passed away on Sunday morning, April 8, 2018 at Birchwood Rehab Facility in Burlington, after a short illness, surrounded by the love of his family.


Wendell was born in St. Albans, on March 20, 1921.  He was the chosen adopted son of Raymond and Marjorie (Pierce) Hawley.  He grew up in Jeffersonville, Upper Graniteville, Barre and Burlington, graduating from Burlington High School in 1939. “Wendy” held class officer positions and played on athletic teams during his high school years. He played baseball and softball for decades. Wendell was recruited to try out for the New York Yankees just prior to the end of World War II.


He started working at the Burlington Free Press in the circulation department.  He worked with his Father at Shelburne Shipyard building sub chasers.  Wendell enlisted and was a veteran of WWII. After returning home he went to work as a supervisor at General Electric until his retirement in 1981. He had a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children and grandchildren. 


Wendell married his best friend, Doris Bixby of Ecker Hollow, NY in 1950.  They started their married life in South Burlington and moved to Sunderland Woods in Colchester after their retirement.  They had a wonderful fifty-four years together until Doris passed away in 2004.


Wendell enjoyed his family, especially his children and grandchildren and their academic and athletic activities.  He also enjoyed skiing, sports, skating, fishing, golfing, camping, hiking, walking, visiting Doris’ home farm, haying, winking, and ice cream.  He also enjoyed working with his son, Brian, on his jersey farm in Swanton.  He was very active during his retirement and looked forward to his weekly outing with friends especially his good friend, Al Brunini, Jr.


His church was an important part of his life.  He was proud to be a Charter Member of the Community Lutheran Church in South Burlington, VT.


Wendell is survived by his daughter, Barbara of Danville, his son and daughter-in-law Gary and Donna Austin-Hawley of Williston, his grandson, Lucas, granddaughter, Lindsay; sister-in-law Margaret Bixby and niece Sandy Rouke and nephews Jimmy, John and Jeff Bixby.


He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Doris, son Brian, and good friend and brother-in-law, James Bixby, Sr.


A celebration of Wendell’s life will take place at a later date.  Memorial contributions in Wendell’s memory may be made to the Greater Burlington YMCA, 266 College Street, Burlington, VT  05401 or the Community Lutheran Church, 1560 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT  05403.

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