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Obituary: Jim Hawkes

Tue, 16/07/2019 - 23:14

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of lifelong Glenman and former Director, Mr Jim Hawkes.

Jim worked for many years as a milkman for the Co-Op Dairy, before acquiring the London Bar in East Belfast and renaming it the Longfellow after his hero Lester Piggott.

Jim’s lifelong friend and fellow Glenman, Thomas McKee told : “The Hawkes -  Jim and his three brothers Davy, Sam, Jim and Maurice -  were a big Glentoran family. Davy was the eldest and member of Castlereagh GSC and he printed the Halfers Draw tickets for a long time. Jim was generous to anything Glentoran, and after any Irish cup win the teams were always invited to the Longfellow, with drinks always on the house. He was a fine amateur snooker player as well.  Jim was a kind and generous friend. He will be sadly missed.”

Stafford Reynolds, Chairman of Glentoran during Jim’s time as Director, paid tribute today: “Even though Jim was on the Board for a short time he made a very strong contribution to the running of the club. His background in the drinks business helped us out with Temporary Licences for the Oval on several occasions. Jim was Glens through and through and spoke his mind on all matters without fear or favour. He will be missed by many at the Oval and the Longfellow”.

On behalf of everyone at Glentoran, we extend deepest sympathy to Jim’s widow Margaret and to the family circle.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Jim’s funeral will take place 10.00am Saturday (20 July), at Roselawn Crematorium.