Justin Robert Dawes

April 19, 1981December 24, 2018
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Justin R. Dawes, 37, of Niantic, formerly of San Marcos, TX, passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2018. Justin was born in New London, CT on April 19, 1981; he grew up and attended school in Montville, CT before moving to Texas at the age of eighteen. Justin was a brilliant and talented writer, a gift he shared with only those closest to him. He was an extraordinary portrait artist; his preferred mediums were pencil and charcoal, though his true passion was in the designing and application of tattoos.

Justin had recently returned to Connecticut and was looking forward to spending time with his family, meeting new family members and reconnecting with those he loved and had left behind when he was younger. Beneath his numerous tattoos, several of which he penned himself and proudly wore, a chosen few found a compassionate, caring and sensitive man. Justin was loyal almost to a fault and fiercely-protective of his family and close friends, all of whom he genuinely loved. With a sweet southern drawl and boyish grin, Justin’s charm was infectious. His brilliant mind held numerous yet quiet thoughts, but his playful nature readily broke through the silence.

Justin was deeply loved and will be forever missed by his family and friends who knew or came to know, a sincere, hard-working, kindhearted and beautiful soul. A Dallas Cowboys fan who enjoyed classic tough guy movies; though beneath his tough exterior Justin was thoughtful and kind - a man who was neither afraid, nor ashamed to say, “I love you” to those he cared for most.

Besides his beloved daughter, Lily Dawes of San Marcos, Texas; Justin leaves behind, his beloved mother, Debra (Sanderson) Drake, of Lockhart, TX; his beloved father Robert E. Dawes, stepmother Patricia (Ferguson) Dawes and his brother, Patrick Dawes, all of Niantic; stepsisters Nicole (Williams) Kudelchuk, of Niantic and Alexandra Williams, of Mystic; stepbrothers Spencer Williams III of Niantic and Trevor Williams, of Rindge, NH and his paternal grandmother Elizabeth (McNeely) Ireland, of Maine. Justin was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Robert Emmet Dawes, of CT and maternal grandparents, Sandy and Geraldine Sanderson of Oregon. He also leaves behind many beloved Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12th from 2pm to 4pm, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic, CT 06357. A memorial service will immediately follow at 4pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to a special charity or community organization of choice, or to the Flanders Baptist Church.


  • Calling Hours Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

Justin Robert Dawes

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Sandra Horton

January 7, 2019

Justin, you were much loved. Kayson and Jacob will not soon forget the fun they had with you decorating their space-themed cakes for Boy Scouts.

I will never forget our trip by van from CT to Disney World in FL. You and Trayce and Meghan kept your mom and me on our toes and you thought we were going to die when I scraped the wall of the Chesapeake Bay tunnel. So many memories...

Cindy Schneider

January 6, 2019

Bob, Deb and Patti and family

I’m deeply saddened by the news of Justin’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nancy Madeira

January 4, 2019

From the first day Justin entered this world, he touched my heart. I will love you forever and you will never be forgotten. With you goes a piece of my heart. Rest In Peace my dear nephew.

Katy Pascal

December 31, 2018

To the Dawes family , Bob ,Patricia and Patrick.Losing our loved ones is our greatest sorrow. losing our children is our worst fear and greatest tragedy our hearts can bear. It is with our deepest condolences and sympathy . That you find peace in knowing that Justin knew his family loved him dearly . I didn’t know Justin well . But what I do know is you welcomed him into your home and loving arms.. Justin was meant to be close to your hearts.Feel peace and love knowing Justin left this earth ,knowing how deeply loved and cared for he was by his family! (RIP Justin ) With all our love 💕and deepest Sympathy , Katy , Matt and Abby ( RIP Justin ❤️)