Obituary: John Hawkins

Mr HawkinsWe are very sorry to announce that John Hawkins died on Monday evening at Bournemouth Hospital.

Mr Hawkins’ career at Bournemouth School spanned more than 40 years, as Chemistry teacher, Deputy Head and latterly examinations officer. During his time at the school, he always supported the Association, serving many years on the committee and as President of the Old Boys’ Cricket Club. However for most of us, we shall remember him for his happy demeanour, livening up lessons or calming pre-exam nerves, to justly earn his nickname of “Happy Harry”.

David Spencer and Paul Beardshaw wish to thank everybody who has written or sent cards and e-mails.

6 thoughts on “Obituary: John Hawkins

  1. Just heard the sad news about John Hawkins. What a wonderful man and a great colleague. He was a role model to a young teacher.
    I will never forget his leaving assembly.

  2. So sorry to here the sad news about John Hawkins. I knew him mainly through the OLD BOURNEMOUTHIANS ASSOCIATION as I had left the School by 1960. I held him in considerable esteem. He was always charming and his friendship valuable. With David and Paul, he surely made up the ‘Three Musketeers!” That I only found out about his funeral this evening, just too late, is much to my regret.

  3. RIP Happy Harry. Your theatrical performances, playing the part of a molecule in Brownian motion will never be forgotten. Likewise your performances at the School Reviews, one time a fairy godmother in Dr Marten boots. Such a great sense of fun and a truly great teacher. (Paul Cooper – Bournemouth School 1975-82)

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