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Raymond Willis Hawes

Raymond Willis Hawes
  • September 28, 1938 - November 3, 2013
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Roper/St. Francis Foundation
    125 Doughty, Suite 790
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“I would like to send my condolences to Ray's family, and my thoughts will be with them. It was a pleasure working for Ray, he taught me a lot about...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Ray Green

Hi this is me and my Maureen, a couple of years ago. “Maureen and Daphne, it was a priviledge to have know and worked for Ray, his determination to carry on even in the greatest of difficulty, and his...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Roger Harpwood - Liverpool

“Goodbye Ray. Great bloke I enjoyed your company when ever we spent time together, Loved a drink & I still drink the Guinness & ...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Rex King Thame England

“My Uncle Ray, We have been so lucky to have such a man as Ray in our family. Ray has been such an inspiration to me, both in sport and in my whole...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Wite - Uncle

“I met Mr. Ray 10 years ago. He was the kindness, loveable, man. He had a smile that will light up the room. He lived life to the fullest. He loved...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: chris (dizzy) payne - goose creek, SC

“Well what a great man, so many fond and happy memories over the past 30+ years, a true gent and father in-law. My most honourable and fondest memory...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Steve Jay - Linslade, UK

“I first met Ray in Bremerton Washington on board the USS Abraham Lincoln when he had his Containment's on the Flight Deck. I was on an assignment...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Terry & Katt New - Virginia Beach, VA

“Ray touched the hearts of everyone in our family. His kindness, humor, and generosity made such a positive impact on all of us. He will be truly...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Johnathan and Kelly Coleman - SC

“I can't really call you Ray as I have always known you as Dad! Ever since I met Geoff 25 years ago in sunny Bigbury on sea!!!. You were such a big...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Jo Jo

“Ray will be forever my best friend. He changed me and my life in ways no one will ever know. I will always remember our golf games and our talks....Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Jerry Yountz - Charleston, SC

“About 12 years ago, ray solicited my engineering services. As i sat in his N. Charleston plant office, I was a bit perplexed as I listened whileRay...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Gary Davis - Goose Creek, SC

“Uncle Ray, life long friend of the family, memories of many fun days and nights, bottles of pop and bags of crispy bits from the chip shop if we were...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Christine Wrench - thame - friend

“I met Raymond a number of times through my friendshiop with Bob and Barb Dalton. His larger-than-life personality could fiull a room; it embraced...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Pamela Gabriel - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“The first time I met Ray we had an immediate connection that started a friendship that has lasted and has been treasured for 13 years. We had so...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Bob Dalton - High Point, NC

“Ray gave me the most precious gift of himself and his memory. When I think of him I smile and then the memory of stories and situations make me laugh...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Clancy O'Connor - Port Orchard, WA

“The moment Ray and Maureen moved they were truly missed, we were so sorry to see them go and even sadder to hear the passing of Ray. Those moments...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Frank Johnson & Wanda Torres - SC

“Maureen and Geoff. So very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was a person of the highest magnitude. Always good natured, he constantly kept us...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Scott McEwan - Maryville, TN

“I had the honor of taking care of Mr.Hawes in the hospital. He was truly a special person and I enjoyed the time I spent talking with him. I am so...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Candyce Pickering - SC

“Ray, When you came into our lives up here in Washington we didn't know what hit us. You brought energy, love and compassion with you. I am better for...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Hendry Lindop - Marysville, WA


Raymond Willis Hawes, 75 of Mount Pleasant died peacefully at home on Sunday, November 3rd after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and started life in Long Crendon, Bucks. He moved to Grendon Underwood, Bucks in 1980 and then to Devon for several years before moving to the U.S.A. Upon his arrival in the states he resided first in New Hampshire and then ultimately settled in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

Ray was an avid sportsman. He set records at Thame Cricket Club, captained the Aylesbury Cricket Club for many years, also playing for Oxfordshire and Bucks, SOA and then Devon over 50's. He was a keen golfer winning many tournaments and competitions worldwide and also played table tennis and squash.
He started his working life with his father, Willis Hawes, at Crendon Concrete and then formed Hawes Farm Buildings, Ray went on to patent a number of inventions including the framework for the category five hurricane house (made from aluminum) that he lived in. This house is the first of its kind and is engineered to withstand winds of over 157 mph and earthquakes up to 8 on the Richter scale. These houses are built by one of his companies, Cat Five Houses of Charleston. The parent company, Rapid Deployable Systems Inc., was incorporated on January 1, 2000. It still runs successfully in the US, proudly serving the U.S. Navy and the construction industry by providing temporary enclosures for their various needs.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maureen Hawes (formerly King) who was born in Thame. He is also survived by, his sisters Daphne, Margaret and Sylvia, his four children Nina, Julia, Angela and Geoff and nine grandchildren.

Ray will be sorely missed as he was an incredible man that lived an amazing life and touched many people along the way.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL at 11:00 am. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Roper St. Francis Foundation www.rfshfoundation.org/donate

The family would like to thank the staff of the hospital as well as the Mt. Pleasant Hospice for the exceptional care Ray received during his final weeks.