Robert William Hawksby, 68

FULTON, NY – Robert W. Hawksby, 68, of Fulton, passed away on Saturday June 13, 2015, at Seneca Hill Manor after a long battle with cancer.

Robert William Hawksby
Robert William Hawksby

He was born on May 21, 1947, in Fulton, son to the late William R. and Mary F. Crimmins Hawksby.

Bob graduated from Oswego Catholic High School in 1965, then graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University in 1970.

After beginning his career as a retail pharmacist at Fay Drugs, he retired from Tops Supermarket Pharmacy in Fulton.

Bob was a member of Kiwanis and Fulton Lions Club, where he served as treasurer for two years and the Oswego Country Club.

He was an avid golfer, bowler, fisherman, water skier and downhill skier.

Bob was especially proud of his hole in one achieved on the 18th hole of the Oswego Country Club.

Bob and his wife, Joy, raised nine potential guide dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Joy; one sister, Cheryl (David) Hawksby; three nieces; three nephews; six great-nieces; six great-nephews; as well as several cousins and many dear friends.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, June 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In Bob’s memory donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. So very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Dawn and I send our sincere condolences to Joy and his family. We will always have great memories of the water skiing parties and of course his terrific laugh that could light up a room.

  2. Joy and family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great man and like a member of our family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  3. Sending my condolences to Cheryl, Joy, and all of Bob’s family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Just recently reconnected with Cheryl on Facebook and heard of Bob’s illness through her. Now we all can rest assured that Bob is in his Heavenly home golfing, bowling, fishing, etc. – doing all the things he enjoyed while here on earth. A good man – always difficult to let go. Wish I lived closer, so I could be there with you now. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs.

  4. Hugs and prayers for you my friend. I am so sorry you have been going through such a sad and stressful time. I’m here for you whenever you need me. Anything I can do, I will for you and your family. Love Deb

  5. Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, will always remember his laugh. Joy, keep being yourself as you are a survivor.

  6. Grew up with Bobby on Maple Ave many years ago. I was 5 years older but everyone on the street was involved in Hide & Seek, baseball, fishing, camping, hanging out or whatever. Tough little kid. He had a bad accident running from a Mr. Softee ice cream truck into the path of an oncoming car which hit him pretty hard. Horrible sight to see as a kid but tough as he was survived and kept on trucking. Condolences to his family May he rest in peace.

  7. in the 1960’s when bob was at Albany college of pharmacy, he and I used to have an occasional adult beverage in Ralph’s tavern. we used to be within feet of each other but never met. 30 + years later we discovered to our mutual surprise that we had many friends in common. weird. we both loved debating politics and people around us sometimes took our comments seriously and thought we might commit mayhem upon each other. this amused us to no end. may you rest in peace bob, you didn’t quit the good fight even though you were told by doctors that you shouldn’t still be around, just like when you were a kid. and bob, I hate to say I told you so, the next president will be a democrat. r.i.p. buddy.

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Prayers to Joy and the family. I knew Bob from our diner Sister’s Café where he would stop for breakfast. He was so much more than a customer he was a very good friend to myself and my sister. Always with a smile on his face and a warm hello. He will be missed by all the hearts he touched.

  9. I hope they have talking juke boxes in Heaven as they did in Albany,where I was born and raised.Hawk remembered that.He was full of surprises. I miss him and our political discussions.
    Denny Flynn

  10. Joy, I believe I only had the pleasure of meeting you once but saw Bob on numerous occasions throughout the years at the Country Club. My husband Frank always enjoyed Bob’s company playing many times together. Bob always had a friendly hello for me and I remember him exactly as his picture showed him….with a great big smile. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Mary Lisk

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