A CONSERVATIONIST and keen golfer from Stone who battled to protect Staffordshire’s countryside for many years has died.
RobertHawley passed away peacefully at University Hospital of North Stafford- shire on October 5, aged 86. He had been battling illness for some time, his widow Rosemary said.
Mr Hawley, pictured, is also survived by stepdaughter Karen and grandson Joshua. His funeral service will be held on Friday, November 1, at Christ Church, Stone, at 11.15am.
In lieu of flowers, donations have been requested for the Salmon and Trout Association, a conservation group close to Mr Hawley’s heart.
Mrs Hawley said: “He was part of Staffordshire Campaign to Protect Rural England for at least 12 years, and was on the committee.
“Fishing was his first love, but he also loved golf and horse-racing.
“His father was a founder member of the Stone Golf Club where it is now, and Robert was a member since he was a small child.
He held every post there at some point, he was a president and captain.
“He was also a perfect gentleman and terrific fun.”
During his working life Mr Hawley was a sales executive for retail giant Woolworths, and he retired in 1982. In later years he was also a parish councillor for the Oulton area.
As spokesman for CPRE Stafford- shire he worked to raise awareness of the charity’s work to preserve and enhance the area’s countryside and protect it from potentially damaging developments.
He also handled publicity for Stone Golf Club for many years, contributing results and club news to the Newsletter.