H. Walker Hawthorne, an attorney who at various times since the 1950s held every major office in the Village of Kenmore, including that of mayor, died Feb. 5 while under hospice care in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 84.
Mr. Hawthorne was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and served with the military in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his law degree from Washington and Lee University.
He then moved to Kenmore, where he served as acting police justice from 1951 to 1953, a village trustee from 1953 to 1963, mayor from 1963 to 1967, village attorney from 1967 to 1969 and village justice from 1973 until his retirement in 1993.
He also served as judge advocate for the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, in the Town of Tonawanda; and legal counsel to the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce and the Kenmore Friends of the Library. He was a past director of the Erie County Bar Association and a member of the New York State Magistrates Association.
He served on many community boards, including the United Way Appeal, the Kenmore Mercy Advisory Board and the Kenmore Community Service Board. He was a member and past president of the Kenmore Rotary Club and past president of Park Country Club.
He was a member of the law firm of Hawthorne, Markarian and Siegal.
Mr. Hawthorne moved to Fort Myers in the late 1980s, but also spent time in Kenmore, continuing as part-time judge until 1993.
His wife of 47 years, the former Joyce Moorehouse, died in 1995.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherrie L. of Kenmore and Connie J. Jenkins of Apple Valley, Minn.; a brother, Ellsworth "Bill" of Hazlet, N.J.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Entombment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Town of Tonawanda.