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.