ENOSBURGH – Peter John Hawksworth, age 92, passed away Saturday morning January 19, 2013 at the Northwestern Medical Center with his loving wife at his side.
He was born March 22, 1920 in Scarborough, Yorkshire England the son of the late John & Isabel (Baxter) Hawksworth.
Peter joined England’s Merchant Navy at the age of 16 and became the youngest Master Mariner achieving the rank of Captain at the age of 26. Upon his discharge from the Merchant Navy he captained several private yachts in the Mediterranean Sea. After he left the sea, he formed Pelton Development LTD and converted old houses into apartments in Brighton & Hove England. He had a talent for identifying spatial relationships. Once he retired and came to the United States, this talent emerged again in his creation of AgriArt, in which he used farm equipment that was broken-down. He then would reassemble, weld and sculpture it into new designs. He enjoyed playing tennis, writing and puttering around the farm. He wrote several children’s stories based on experiences on the farm. Peter was recognized and honored in the Vermont State Legislature through House Resolution 235.
He is survived by his wife, Edith “Dinny” Hawksworth of Enosburgh. Peter & Dinny were married March 26, 1988. He is also survived by his sons, Michael Peter Hawksworth of Hove, England, and Antony Gordon Hawksworth and his special friend Fran Norris of Wimbledon, England; his step-son, Eric Bauer his wife Stephanie and their sons, Pierce & Mason of Essex, VT; his step-daughter, Heidi Williams her husband Scott and their daughters, Meghan & Maggie Rose of San Francisco, CA; his sister, Pauline Leeves of Hove, England; his brother-in-law, Dr. Hugh Clark and his wife Suzanne of Seattle, WA; his sisters-in-law, the Rev. Douglas Sutherland and her husband Gale of Cody, WY, and Nancy Clark of San Francisco, CA; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Carolyn Bronz who helped Peter publish his life story. Besides his parents, Peter was predeceased by his twin brother, Paul Hawksworth, his brother, Derrick Hawksworth; and his brother-in-law, Hovey Clark.
A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at St. Matthew’s Parish House, 323 Church St. Enosburg Falls on Sunday February 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM. Children are welcome to attend.
For those who wish, contributions in Peter’s memory may be made to the Friends of the Opera House, P.O. Box 1250, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.