Bruce Hawtrey was born in San Diego, California on September 21, 1948. He is survived by his wife Stephenie Hawtrey; his three children Aaron Hawtrey, Rachel Joyce, and Aimee Sipe; his grandchildren Ryan, Dylan, Sierra and Sara; his siblings Eric Hawtrey and Jill Hawtrey; along with his niece and nephew Shannon Peru and Shaun Hawtrey. He was predeceased by his father Charles Hawtrey; his mother, Dolores Hawtrey Koenig ; and his brother Mark Hawtrey. Bruce passed from death into eternal life on November 11, 2020.
Bruce loved surfing and travel, and his faith was at the very center of all he did. He lived in all four corners of the United States throughout his life. He grew up on the beaches of San Diego, raised his kids in Seattle and Gulf Breeze, FL, lived with his wife of 23 years in snowy Connecticut and sunny California, retired in Maui and spent his final months with his wife, kids and grandkids in Nashville, TN.
We will remember him calling the surf hotline every morning to see if the waves were up, driving his bright red roofing pick-up truck through Gulf Breeze, coaching his kids sports teams, reading his Bible, and singing old hymns…or Bob Dylan.
Those closest to him will remember him as a teacher and mentor and for his giving nature, always looking out for those in need.
In some of his final words to us, he talked about how everything sprung from his roots in California, that his children were the highlight of his life and that he will love his wife forever.
After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Bruce passed on from this life to the next on a beautiful fall day with his wife nearby, and his kids and grandkids playing outside his window or standing next to him. His legacy will carry on in us, and what an honor that is.
His ashes will be spread in a private paddle out memorial in the same surf spot he frequented in his youth in southern California.