Danbury has lost a giant who leaves an indelible footprint on our community with the passing of Ervie “Bud” Hawley, Jr. For all his decades as a visionary land development entrepreneur, quiet philanthropist and community leader, Bud remained the modest husband and great grandfather who put family first.
Bud and his wife Carolyn have been great friends to Ann’s Place. In addition to their other philanthropies, Bud helped pioneer the Ann Olsen Greater Danbury Golf Classic in 1990. As our champion fundraiser on the golf board, Bud served as Honorary Classic Chairman in 1994 and continued his involvement every year. So essential was Bud to the Classic’s success, its perpetual winners’ trophy became the coveted Hawley Cup awarded each September at Ridgewood Country Club. The Cup is a lasting tribute to the quiet man who inspired it with his advocacy for the compassionate services at Ann’s Place.
A Danbury native and Army veteran, Bud Hawley ran a milk delivery business, then had the vision to anticipate city growth and create a modern residential housing development in 1953, followed by a brilliant commercial development career. All four of Carolyn and Bud Hawley’s children (Gary, Nancy Hawley Hamilton, Barbara Hawley Kiselak, and David) grew up in the family business, with Gary and David continuing on that career path and now leading the Hawley Construction and the Hawley Management Companies. Over time, the Hawley Companies’ investments in the Greater Danbury community created thousands of jobs and millions of tax dollars to better serve our growing population.
Bud Hawley was a past recipient of the Robert S. Young Humanitarian Award, the City of Danbury Cecil J. Previdi Award, the Junior Achievement’s Free Enterprise Hall of Fame Award, and the Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
Mr. Hawley was a Trustee for the Regional YMCA, a Danbury Lion, and on the Ann Olsen Golf Classic Board. He was a former Corporator and Trustee of Union Savings Bank, a past Director of the Business Systems, Inc. subsidiary of Danbury Hospital, and a past Director of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.
Ann’s Place joins countless others in remembering Bud fondly and extending condolences to Mrs. Hawley and her family.
Photo courtesy of Mike Duffy