DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury developer Ervie S. "Bud" Hawley Jr., 89, passed away peacefully April 28, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.
He lived in Danbury his entire life. Family, business and helping others were his life passions. After an honorable discharge from the U.S Army in 1953, Hawley embarked on a career that would lead him to be one of the most significant and respected entrepreneurs in the history of Danbury.
His roots as a farmer and a milkman lead to constructing more than 150 homes in the Danbury area as he turned his eye toward commercial real estate development. His pride and joy was Berkshire Shopping Center, along with many other area properties that totaled more than one million square feet of buildings.
Hawley served on the boards of directors of many area organizations, including the Union Savings Bank, Danbury Hospital, the YMCA, Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Danbury Housing Partnership. He enjoyed being the honorary chairman of the annual Ann Olson Golf Tournament, where the winning team is awarded the "Hawley Cup". He was proud of his affiliation with the Danbury Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow and hosted the annual summer picnic for many years.
A philanthropist of the highest order he always helped charities when asked and especially was proud to have established the Ervie and Carolyn Hawley Endowed Chair at Danbury Hospital.
Hawley is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of 62 years; children, Gary (Cindy), Nancy Hamilton (Terry), Barbara Kiselak (John) and David (Nancy; grandchildren Karen Utter (Ken), Laura Mascolo (John), Matthew Hawley (fiancé Victoria), Meghan Hawley, Melissa Hawley, Susan Sergi (Ben), James Kiselak, Michael Kiselak, Daniel Kiselak, Joseph Kiselak, Elizabeth Hawley, Katie Hawley, Samantha Hawley, Bryan Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton; and great-grandchildren, Jack Mascolo and Ben Sergi and nephews Bill and Rick Conklin.
He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Conklin; and nephews George Benedict and Frank Conklin.
A funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. James Church, West St., Danbury with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Krasinski officiating. Interment will be in Great Plain Cemetery, Danbury.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, where the Lions Club will conduct a necrology service at 6:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Western CT Health Network Foundation, c/o Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810 or to Regional Hospice and Homecare of Western CT, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.