Paul A. Hawley

June 11, 1928November 3, 2018

Paul Alan Hawley of Columbia, age 90 passed away November 3, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. Visitation will be Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 5-7pm at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, MO. Private family graveside service will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Paul was born June 11, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Clinton Guy and Lyda Alvina Griffin Hawley. Paul and his mother moved to St. Johnsbury Vermont in 1937 where Paul resided until 1952. He is a graduate of the St. Johnsbury Academy (class of 1946).

Paul, a veteran of WWII, served in the US Navy. Paul married Mary G. (Gay) Ouellette, his wife of 59 years on July 31, 1949, in Burlington and resided for a brief time in St. Johnsbury, VT. They moved to Burlington, VT in 1952, where he was employed by Fairchild Industries, a subsidiary of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Co. Fairchild Industries was purchased by McGraw Electric in 1957 and Paul and family transferred to Jefferson City, Missouri in 1958 with the company, a power tool and small appliance manufacturer, serving as Manager of Engineering, Production Superintendent, and Plant Manager.

Paul and Family then transferred with the company to St. Charles, IL. in 1973 where he was named Director of Manufacturing for the newly formed Power Tool Division of the McGraw-Edison Company. Another transfer for the family came in 1975 to open a new plant in Sedalia Missouri. McGraw-Edison divested itself of the power tool facility there in 1978. Then he and Gay moved to Columbia, Mo where he went to work with Toastmaster until his retirement in 1990. From then on, he enjoyed traveling to New England in their motor coach and spending time with family in Columbia.

He is survived by his children, William A. (Evelyn) Hawley of Jefferson City, John A. (Valerie) Hawley of Jefferson City, and Sandra J. (Dan) Hawley Stoeckel of St. Ann, MO; grandchildren, Clinton, Phillip, Ryan, Griffin, Christy, Carmen, Candice, and Colette; great-grandchildren, Stella & Edmond, Jackson, Corbin, and Emma. His loving wife, Mary G. Hawley, preceded Paul in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johnsbury Academy, 1000 Main St, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.


  • William A. (Evelyn) Hawley, Son
  • John A. (Valerie) Hawley, Son
  • Sandra J. (Dan) Hawley, Daughter

  • St. Johnsbury Academy
  • The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri



  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018


  • Private Family Graveside Service

Paul A. Hawley

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Sandy (Hawley) Stoeckel

November 19, 2018

I've lost my Father. It is such a great loss. Being Daddy's little girl always calling him for advice, getting the weather updates, asking questions on business matters, getting his managerial perspective on things for my work...I will miss those conversations. He has helped make me who I am today, and i am forever grateful. I will miss those phone calls and talks...I can't even tell you how much! He was a very GOOD man! He had his moments, LOL... but he was GOOD through and through! A straight shooter that told you like it was, and always played the Devil's Advocate! Thanks for that, Dad!!

I am still in shock over how fast this all happened and haven't really come to grips with this loss. In time this will pass, but not my love for him. Daddy I will miss you forever... my heart hurts so deeply...I love you so much!! Be with Mom....tell her I love her! I love you!

Melissa Smart

November 11, 2018

Sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Fond memories of shared Griffin family reunions.
(Electra and Oscar Bedors granddaughter
Leslie's Bedors daughter)

Bruce Hensley

November 8, 2018

Just found out. Our condolences on your loss. A very fine man.

Carolyn Denton

November 8, 2018


Dave and I were invited by you to give some guidelines on marketing your dad's home just about one month ago. Now he doesn't have to deal with that as he has a home that will never need updating. We had very little time with him but were able to see that he was a man of many talents. We hope that he did not suffer but went peacefully.

May your memories carry you through the days, months and years ahead.

Dave and Carolyn Denton

Marcella Haerle

November 8, 2018

I worked for Paul in the engineering department at Toastmaster several years. He was a kind man and I enjoyed working for him. He flew modeled airplane ✈️ he knew that I sewed, he ask me to make him pilot to sit in his plane and I did I don’t know if he stilled had it. It was a fun thing to do. I’m so sorry for your loss, I now live in Indiana so I will not be able to make is services.

David Wallace

November 8, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about your Fathers passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joe and Aileen Bryan

November 8, 2018

John and Bill: Please accept our deepest heartfelt sympathy for your father's passing. May he rest in God's loving arms forever. America thanks him for his brave service during World War II while serving in the U.S. Navy. God Bless Us All. Semper Fidelis.

Nelda Lee

November 7, 2018

Dear Sandy,
I am so sorry that your father has died. I know this is an extremely sad time for you and your brothers. Losing a parent is by far the worse time in our life as you have already known with the loss of your mother. Parents are special and are with us forever, even after they are gone. Your dad will be with you in everything you do everyday. Just know that he is proud of you and your accomplishments. He also loves you and Dan and especially his grandsons.

May God bless you and your family. He will carry you through.


Jeannette Shaw

November 6, 2018

Sending the family warm thoughts at this time of loss. May Uncle Paul Rest In Peace.

Love Jeannette Shaw

Francis & Betty & Carter Griffin

November 6, 2018

90 wonderful years....what more could one ask ? Paul held a special place in the Griffin families, and like you, we too shall miss him. Our visits to Columbia and his visits back in Vermont and New Hampshire, were special. Do know that we think of you all often, especially at this time.