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Michael J. Hawking, a resident of Tampa, FL since 1994 passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2022 at the age of 53 while in his home.

Michael is survived by his wife Robby Hawking; his children Grant and Logan Hawking; his father John Hawking; brother Brian Hawking (Michelle); nephew Gavin Hawking and nieces Lillie Hawking, Elisabeth Lawson and mother in law Brenda Repass.

He was a wonderful human, loving husband and father.

For those who knew him, he was a kind, selfless soul and simply everyone’s best friend. “Paying it forward” wasn’t just a phrase to Michael, it was a way of life.

His final professional endeavor was his most cherished at the YMCA of Greater Tampa Bay, which enabled him to fulfill his passion and promote the mission of putting integrity and principals into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Michael touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all who loved him.  The family wishes to extend their gratitude to everyone who has made this difficult time easier to bear.

A public memorial mass will be held on Friday, 8/12/2022 at 2pm at Christ The King Catholic Church located at 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609.

Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to The Meb Foundation, an organization of which he was an avid supporter.  The Foundation’s work is dedicated to engaging entire communities in promoting youth health, education, fitness and learning positive life skills through involvement in sports. 

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  • Jody Thorson
    Posted August 13, 2022 at 8:26 am

    A great man that empowered so many to want to achieve more. His legacy will live on.

  • John Sutton
    Posted August 13, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    I was shocked to learn of Michael’s passing. He was a wonderful, caring person. I enjoyed working with him and traveling with him as we traveled to various locations throughout the US meeting with employees. He was devoted to Robbie, his children and his extended family, all of whom he was very proud. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him.

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