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William M. Hawkins, painting contractor <br> July 23, 1923 -- March 26, 2006

William M. Hawkins, a former painting contractor, died Sunday of lung cancer and a seizure disorder in Veterans Affairs Medical Center's hospice care unit. He was 82.

A native of Palatka, Fla., he had lived on the East Side for 42 years.

Mr. Hawkins served in the Navy during World War II.

He was awarded a diploma from Lafayette High School in 2002.

He worked as an independent painting contractor and as a cook at the VA, retiring in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, the former Stella Plowden of Buffalo; seven daughters, Sheila Puyol of Burtonsville, Md., Sherlena Lymus of Chicago, Janice Holloway of Virginia Beach, Va., and Patricia Ridgeway, LaTonya Washington, Cheryl and Gwendolyn Hawkins-Rutledge, all of Buffalo; three sons, James Rosebrough and George Johnson, both of Buffalo, and London
Rosebrough of Burtonsville; 17 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Gethsemane Baptist Church, 55 Grape St., after wake at noon.


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