Francis C. "Hawky" Davis

  • Born: May 9, 1932
  • Died: August 20, 2016
  • Location: Deep River, Connecticut

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34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409
Tel. (860) 767-8000

Tribute & Message From The Family

On Saturday the twentieth of August, in a room on the sixth floor of Yale New Haven Hospital, Francis Charles Davis died peacefully in the presence of many loved ones. In recent months it was clear that Francis began battling with the inescapable complications that come with living a full and worthwhile life. Francis Charles Davis, better known as Hawky to those who knew him, was born May 9, 1932. Hawky, a nickname given him in grammar school, originally Hawkeye, was bestowed upon him because he was known to challenge a situation and to never be fooled. Later in life the nickname appropriated itself to his athletic prowess on the ballfield. He attended Essex elementary and graduated from Pratt High. While in school he demonstrated an adeptness for sports. He participated in basketball, baseball and track and field. He was the fifth child of ten, born to William Hamilton Davis and Salome Strong Davis. In 1952 Hawky met Dorothy Henderson. Dorothy recalls driving in Hawky's 1939 Willys car with and hanging out at local hot spots in Chester. The two were married in 1954. Settling in Deep River the two began the first years of their marriage becoming a winning team and a family. They enjoyed polka dancing, socializing with friends and forming a community that supported and grew generations thankful for them. Hawky and Dottie had three children, Lori, Terry and Scott Davis. At a young age Hawky worked at the A&P in Essex, moving thereafter to a management position at the A&P in Deep River. It was not long after his ambition, know-how and playful, yet resolute disposition led him towards the path if owning his own grocery store. Located in Chester Center, Hawk's Village Grocery was a pillar in the community, a wonderful memory, a place for a Yankee fan to grocery shop and perhaps the occasional brave Red Sox fan. Until retirement, Hawky was a proud employee at the Unites States Post Office, and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a First Sergeant during the Korean War. In the heart of Deep River, the Davis family planted their roots. Residing on High Street, Hawky tended his gardens and entertained his family and friends in the yard. Hawky and Dottie moved to Killingworth only to find themselves back to their beloved Deep River after a short stint, taking residence at Kirtland Commons on Main Street. The last few weeks of his life, Hawky stayed at Gladview in Old Saybrook, but it is clear his heart belonged in Deep River. Once Hawky's days on the ballfield came to end there was not much that could keep him from a game. He was either running the concession stand with his brother Jack nearby or you could find him at the sidelines of his children's or grandchildren's sporting events. Hawky will be laid to rest beside his daughter Lori Davis Marshall at Fountain Hill Cemetery. He will join his passed siblings, Ruth, Billy, Karl, Jack, Richard and James. He is survived by his sisters, Helen and Nancy, his brother Robert, his wife Dorothy Davis, his daughter Terri and son Scott, many grandchildren, Jeni, Amy, Drew, McKenzie, Jessica, Ryan and Nathan, and his two great grandchildren, Reese and Reagan. (Arrangements are Tentative) A visitation will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5-7PM at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Centerbrook. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 3 at 11AM at the First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church Street, Deep River. To share a memory of Hawky or send a condolence to his family, please visit

Condolence & Memory Journal

I give my condolence you and your family with a word of comfort from the Bible throw all your anxiety on God, because he cares for you,"-1Peter5:7

Posted by Sandra Pritchett - Cleveland, OH   September 17, 2016

I am sorry for your loss please take comfort in knowing that God cares personally for your loss. 1 corthinans 1:3,4

Posted by Lace Tor    September 10, 2016

I give my condolences to you and your family with a word of comfort from the Bible. 1Peter5:7-Throw all your anxiety on God for he cares for you.

Posted by Sandra Pritchett - Cleveland, OH   September 08, 2016

Sorry about the loss of a dearly loved one, remember that God offers the ultimate comfort 2Cor 1:4

Posted by Madison Daniels - okc, OK   September 02, 2016


Posted by EDWARD & ANNETTE PIERPONT - DEEP RIVER, CT - Friend   September 01, 2016

My deepest condolences, Dottie. You were indeed fortunate to have had many years together. May your many good memories help you bear your loss.
SO MANY YEARS since I spent time with your family in Chester as Shirley's classmate!

Posted by THELMA YENOWICH CULVER - was: CHESTER, CT - Acquaintance   September 01, 2016

The best times ever with Hawkie at the Club. Talking Yankees on who was good and who they should get rid of. Hawkie tending bar doing his ginger brandy and making Alabama slammers by the picture for the ladies after a softball game as we celebrate another victory into the night. Always friendly and smiling and happy to you whenever we met Loved by all you will be missed RIP MY FRIEND

Posted by Jim Dee - Deep river, CT - Friend   September 01, 2016

I had the pleasure of living across the street from Hawky in the 80s and early 90's. He always had a smile and friendly greeting.My condolences to the entire family.
RIP Hawky.

Posted by Carl Nord - Killingworth, CT - Neighbor   August 28, 2016

Never saw Hawky without a smile. We will miss him.
Ruth and Jack

Posted by Ruth & Jack Lawrence - Deep River, CT - Neighbor   August 26, 2016

Hawky, the only person who called me by my formal name of JoAnn for all the wonderful years I've known him. I still see that wonderful smiling face and hear your laughter. A wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather. Love Love Love

Posted by JoAnn Lockwood - Deep River, CT - Friend   August 26, 2016