Hugh “Tom” Dawson

Hugh “Tom” Dawson

Best Dad Ever, with a Heart of Gold

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our Father, our Rock, the Best Dad Ever. Hugh “Tom” Dawson passed away on September 15th, 2021, with his loving family right by his side, holding him and letting him go peacefully and with dignity, just as he wished.

Tom was born July 24, 1938 and just celebrated his 83rd birthday. His parents were Ted and Victoria (Legue). Tom is also predeceased (in December 2007) by his wife, Bonnie Carol Dawson, whom he loved and missed so much. He leaves behind his six children; David (Judy) Dawson, Dana Dawson, Susan (Kevin) Dawson, Tim (Heather) Dawson, Jill (Paul) O’Bradovic and Scott (Amy) Dawson. Dad was very proud Papa to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister Nancy (Paul) Denomy and many nieces and nephews, and is predeceased by his sisters Patricia, Shirley and brother Jim.

Dad was a very hard worker all of his life. He provided for his family even until his final day. He worked at Siemens until his early retirement at age 62. Dad was our rock and had a heart of gold. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and determination and helped his kids with everything he could. If Dad wasn’t visiting his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren throughout the week and weekends, he would be fishing at St. Lukes, the Johnston’s or just in his backyard.

Tom loved sports and said that he would miss baseball games. He was disappointed that he would miss his chance to vote. Tom had so many friends throughout his life and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Everyone knew that his family was the most important thing to him and he always stood for family first.

As per Dad’s wishes, there will be no funeral service and cremation has taken place. The family would like to thank Chatham Kent Health Alliance for allowing Dad’s family to be with him throughout this very heart wrenching process. The kind staff reassured Dad that is was okay to let go, that he would no longer suffer and that we could fulfill his wishes all the way to the end, and with dignity.

We will never forget the closeness and friendship we had with our Dad. We know that he is no longer in pain and at peace. We will miss you forever, Tom, the best Dad ever.

21 Comments on “Hugh “Tom” Dawson”

  1. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Dawson Family at this sad time. The Tom that I new growing up was kind and thoughtful. I remember him as being a very quiet and private person. RIP Tommy

  2. Our sincere condolences .. what a beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul.. RIP .. no more suffering .. just pure love ❤️ ❤️

  3. Beautiful tribute to your dad!!! I remember when Meg was young , came home crying cause Tommy called her blondie!!! We still laugh over that. Great guy!!!Rip Tommy
    Deb and Meg

  4. Miss you Dad, every second of the day. Life without you will never be the same. I will always cherish our memories Dad, I will be thinking of you forever. Your daughter Dana.

  5. DAD, you were and always will be MY EVERYTHING. I love you with every breathe I take. Thank you for giving me life and being the BEST DAD and PAPA EVER! You had the kindest soul and loved with your whole heart. I will cherish the time we had together and all the family celebrations. I am forever grateful to have been with you to the very end and take care of you during your illness. I miss you so much DAD! Please give MOM a hug and kiss for me up in HEAVEN and tell her I love and miss her. You two are finally together again.

    PEACE & LOVE
    Your Daughter,
    Jill

  6. Tim and Heather and the entire Dawson Family our prayers and thoughts are with all of at this difficult time, Hugs
    Janet and Buddy Sands

  7. I worked with Tom at Siemens for many years and will always cherish our fun and conversations.Iremember how he always thanked me when ever I gave him wild ducks. Rest In Peace my friend.

  8. Tom had a good run. I remember back in the old neighborhood, Tom straightened my butt around many times and continued to do so at Siemens 🙂 Shared pops and many fishing stories with him. RIP Tom

  9. Thoughts and prayers with the family during this time. Tom will be missed. He was a fun-loving spirit who I remember well growing up. Rest in peace.

  10. MY PAPA.
    OUR Legend.
    You will always hold a special spot in my heart. You were the glue to our Whole family. Its been 2 weeks since you left us. Not a day will ever go by I don’t think about you. I’m so blessed I got to be your granddaughter and bring you beautiful great grandchildren. My babies are so grateful to have met you and been in your life. Thank you for everything you have every done for me and myn. You always supported everyone in our family. Christmas, Fathers day, your birthday.. will never be the same without you but I know you will be watching down on all of us.
    I hope you are up there dancing with granny and fishing at all the hotspots.
    I still hear you voice in my head, I still hear you calling me and all the little kids ” Little Farts” ( LOL )
    I know how much you wanted to finally rest and I am SO Blessed I got to chat with you in your final hours, and help you continue onto your journey to heaven. You will Always be OUR Angel.

    Rest Peacefully with all your loved ones in heaven,
    Until we met again <3
    Love,
    Darr, Adrian, Little Age, Alexa, Kayde & Brock
    xoxo

  11. I am so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Dawson Family. My deepest condolences.

  12. This man is what started it all for me. How to tackle life. How to work hard. How to be respected. How do be a humble human being. My fishing techniques were embedded early as he would always lose his his shit when I missed a bite out in lake st. clair. You made sure you reeled in the next fish and it made it to the cooler that’s for sure. To be frank it’s truly a lesson on itself. If your to do something, anything in life make sure you put your soul into it. Nothing is half ass. Anyways..until we meet again.

  13. Missing you EVERY DAY DAD life as I knew it with you will never be the same for me I cry every day for you and oh I how I miss our times together I know you are around me and my children and grandchildren looking out for us not to mention the BRIGHTEST STAR shining down on all of us you did NOT DESERVE To suffer one single second and with that you are now in PARADISE WE are now taking care of the things you asked us to do and I know that you are happy about that I will miss you dad for the rest of my life just knowing that you are surrounded by all of us with your LOVE makes me feel appreciated to have THE BEAUTIFUL FATHER THAT YOU ARE until we MEET AGAIN LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART AND SOUL your daughter DANA DAWSON

  14. One month without you! You kept our family together. You are the strongest person I know! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you from randomly during the day to mom calling you EVERYNIGHT at 9 and you coming over EVERY weekend at 11am. I love and miss you so much you will never know. You lived the best life ever!❤️❤️

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