Charles M. Hawkins, 64

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 8:30am

Charles, M. Hawkins, 64, formerly of Barrington, died accidently on July 17, 2015. He was a regular visitor to Block Island for more than four decades and counted many island residents among his close friends. As a young man, he worked at The Spring House, Narragansett Inn and Dead Eye Dick’s.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Francis R. and Marion S. (McConnell) Hawkins, he lived in North Providence for 15 years previously residing in East Providence and Cranston. 

Charles was a Legislative Aide for both Sen. John Chafee and Gov. Lincoln Chafee for more 20 years.  During that time he took a keen interest in Block island issues and, according to resident Renée Meyer, was particularly instrumental in successfully resolving island concerns about keeping the airport open during reconstruction several years ago. He recently was a spokesperson for the State of Rhode Island Energy Department. 

Charles was a graduate of Bishop Feehan High School Class of 1969 and a graduate of Providence College Class of 1973. 

A sports enthusiast, Charles enjoyed bicycle riding, hiking and swimming at the beaches on Block Island and Cape Cod. He was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan. 

“He was an interesting, fun-loving and nice person. He worked hard at everything he did,” friend Adrian Mitchell said.

He is survived by two brothers, Rev. Robert F. Hawkins, Pastor of St. Luke’s Church, Barrington, and Stephen M. Hawkins of Indian Rocks, Florida; a sister, Mary Ellen Brady of Jefferson, N.H.; five nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews. 

His funeral will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by his brother Rev. Robert F. Hawkins in St. Luke’s Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. A graveside burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 

Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Charles’s memory can be made to St. Luke’s School, 10 Waldron Rd., Barrington, R.I., 02806 would be deeply appreciated. Please visit