Cecil Hawley

November 20, 1948 - April 9, 2023
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Cecil Thomas Hawley passed away suddenly in his Edmonton home on Easter Sunday, April 9 th ,

  1. Born November 20, 1948 in the small fishing village of North Sydney, Cape Breton; he

was one of five children (Alec, Evelyn, Bobby and Brenda) born to Nellie and Cecil Hawley. He

also has a brother, Paul Victor from his mother and stepfather. Cecil is predeceased by his

mother Nellie, his father Cecil, his stepfather Paul and his sister Brenda.

Cecil is survived by his siblings Alec (Billie), Evelyn (Joey Dowling deceased), Bobby (Alice) of

Cape Breton and Paul Victor (Halifax). He leaves behind his loving wife Dana of 54 years, his

children Cecil John, Dave (Cathy), Leann (Gordon) and his five grandchildren: Nicole (Joesph),

Mikayla, Chase, Jordyn and Kaius, also one great-grandchild Kristine (Mikayla).

In December, 1965, at the age of 17, Cecil joined the military and left Cape Breton to explore

the world. During one of his first military leaves, he went back home for a visit and

reconnected with his childhood friend and sweetheart, Dana Robertson of Sydney Mines and

asked for her hand in marriage. They were married June 14, 1969.

His decorated twenty-seven-year service with the military included service on land, sea and in

the air. His first regiment was the legendary Black Watch. After they disbanded in 1970, he

switched to RCR (infantry). His final muster was with the Airforce Firefighter’s Regiment. He did

a few tours on the HMCS Saguenay before settling in Edmonton when he retired in 1991. After

retirement, he continued to be of service to people in various roles. His final calling was as

Santa Claus, with his wife Mrs. Claus by his side at Londonderry Mall. In addition to his time at

the mall, He visited children in hospitals, daycares and schools, including the Stollery Children’s

Hospital. He also visited retirement and nursing homes as he believed children came in all ages.

He could be found in his Santa suit, in Cuba, giving little gifts to the hotel staff and taking

pictures with guests. He would also don his suit and throw and impromptu barbeque for the

dozens of construction workers ripping up his street.

He was an inspiration to everyone and quickly made friends wherever he went. He was quick

with a joke (especially the not so PC ones) and he could be counted on to have friends and

strangers laughing and forgetting their troubles. He was always the natural centre of attention,

with his loud and booming voice commanding attention from everyone. He was quick to give

advice and state his opinion and treated everyone like family. You always had a seat at his

Thanksgiving table, he would pour you a drink and you would be laughing along, instantly part

of the family. He was a big personality and commanded the respect of the room whenever he


Gone but never forgotten – he will hold a special place in the heart of everyone that he met,

whether it was for five minutes or for thirty years. His legacy is his family and the strength that

he gave each of them to live life to the fullest and be fearless in the face of adversity. As long as

we can remember a dirty joke and remember to laugh, Cecil will never truly be gone.

An Open House, Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Kingsway Branch #175

(14339 – 50 Street) on April 28 th from 1 to 5

  1. My condolences to your family and your many friends. As a Military Firefighter Cecil has served with honour in the Canadian Armed Forces as a member of our Fire Service. I express my Thank You to your entire family for your service to Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

  2. deepest condolences to the family. Cecil will be missed so much by everyone who knew him. From Sadie Griffin, and son Geoff.

  3. My thoughts are with you guys ❤️

  4. Dana:
    You and Cec are near and dear to my heart. You both were there through thick and thin; through good times and bad times. I have never met a couple so real and giving. Santa will be missed by all.
    Love you Dana

  5. Dear family Dana Leann nicki
    mickayla Jordan Gordon
    my deepest sympathy 🙏
    to you all
    what a sweet precious gentlemen
    he is
    I have wonderful memories of him as well
    so pleasant and kind
    he made wonderful conversations
    He is with Jesus and the angels 😇
    God bless you all
    Always treasure the memories

  6. Dear family Dana Leann nicki
    mickala Jordan and Gordon
    My deepest sympathy 🙏 to you all
    he is a sweet kind caring gentleman
    treasure the memories
    He always made wonderful conversations
    God bless you all
    He is at peace with Jesus and the angels

  7. We first met Cecil when his grandchildren were in Navy League Cadets and his wonderful wife Dana was our great helper. He was such a nice man. Later on my sister and I would sit with Santa and Mrs Claus and get a picture, we were a little old to visit Santa, but that didn’t matter to the Claus’s, they welcomed us in! We will always remember him! We will miss you Santa. Our deepest condolences to Dana and the whole family. Love always

  8. Grandpa Cec, you have a heart the size of the universe! Your mischievous ways have brought so much laughter and fun to our lives.
    We are devastated to hear this heartbreaking news today. We send love and hugs to Grandma Dana and the entire Hawley family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Barb, Alain, Daniel and Marc

  9. Dana@family,We were so sorry to hear about Cecils sudden passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

  10. Joan and me were in total shock when we heard the news. I’ve known Cecil since 1965 when he joined the Black Watch Regiment. Thanks to Cec for giving me a new job in my later life. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and military friends, especially at the reunions where he was the life of the party. Our condolences to Dana and the family. Your family was and will always be our friends.

  11. Dana & Family,
    Our condolences to you and all of your family. Dana, You and Cec were so good to Steve and I when we were first posted to Edmonton. Emma loved her time with Papa Cec and we enjoyed your visits. We spoke about this just recently to our friends here in NS. Steve wants to say that Cec was a great friend and mentor to him when he was a young private/corporal. He will be missed.

  12. My Very Deepest Sympathy to Dana, Leann, Gord and family.
    I will miss Cecil, he was one of my Angels on Earth❣️ He is now in Heaven with the Angels who have gone before him.
    Cecil was a Very Jolly Soul, who loved and cared about so many people. He had a giant Heart!
    Rest Peacefully Dear Santa❣️

    Sending love to his Family❣️

  13. It is with a heavy heart to hear of the loss of a great man.
      We always waited with excitement for him to arrive on his Yearly trip down to the cape. His loss will be felt by everyone out here.

      I remember the time he swam from the Mill Creek bridge all the way up to below our house against the tide.  He was  my big brothers. A Man to look up too.

      My heart goes out to you In these times. Your In my heart in my and prayers .
       Love you all

  14. My deepest condolences to all the family.

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