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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Remembering Wayne Hawks: A Legendary Supporter of Hillsdale Softball

In Loving Memory of Wayne Hawks


Wayne Hawks, a beloved member of the Hillsdale community, who passed away on September 9, 2021. He will always be remembered as a dedicated and passionate supporter of Hillsdale sports, particularly softball. His unwavering commitment to his family, friends, and community left a lasting impact. This article serves as a tribute to Wayne's remarkable contributions and his legacy that continues to inspire.


A Family's Tribute


To honor Wayne's memory, his family decided to have a bench made and placed it at the serene pond located at The Barn, a special place that held significance for Wayne. It stands as a testament to his love and support for Hillsdale sports, a place where his spirit can be felt by all who visit.


A Pillar of Support for Hillsdale Sports


Wayne's dedication to Hillsdale sports, especially softball, was unmatched. Both of his younger daughters graduated Hillsdale, and they actively participated in the softball team. Wayne was their biggest fan, always cheering them on from the sidelines and capturing precious moments through his camera lens. His support didn't stop there, as he also extended his encouragement to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their own athletic pursuits.


A Man of Faith and Service


Wayne was an active member of Wooster Grace, where he faithfully attended church services. He had a warm and welcoming spirit, often ensuring that everyone found a comfortable place to sit for the service. Wayne went above and beyond, arriving early to open the church doors for fellow worshippers. His commitment to serving others extended beyond the church walls and into the community he loved.


Embracing the Outdoors


An avid walker, Wayne loved taking leisurely laps around the scenic landscapes of Grace and Hillsdale track. But his favorite spot was at Smithville's The Barn Rest, where he would indulge in a delicious Sunday lunch. Afterward, he would spend hours sitting by the pond, joyfully feeding the fish, geese, and ducks. This peaceful retreat allowed Wayne to connect with nature and find solace in its tranquil beauty.


A Friend to All


Wayne extended his support to other young athletes in his community, attending their soccer, baseball, volleyball, and basketball games. He formed genuine friendships and touched the lives of many with his friendly and approachable demeanor. The waitresses at The Barn knew him by name, along with the rest of the staff who admired his kind-hearted nature and infectious laughter.


Honoring Wayne's Legacy


Hillsdale softball team and seniors hold a special place in Wayne's heart. As a gesture of appreciation, Wayne would take them out to dinner at The Barn, fostering a sense of camaraderie and creating cherished memories. To commemorate his legacy, Hillsdale softball organizes a memorial game each year, with the proceeds going towards a scholarship fund established in Wayne's memory. This scholarship serves as a lasting tribute and supports young athletes who embody Wayne's passion and love for the game.


In the wake of Wayne Hawks' passing, we reflect on a life well-lived, filled with devotion, compassion, and unwavering support for Hillsdale sports, particularly softball. Wayne's memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those whose lives he touched. As we remember this remarkable man, let us carry forward his legacy of kindness, loyalty, and a genuine love for community and sports. Wayne Hawks will forever be missed but never forgotten.

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