We have just heard that Paul Hawkins, formerly an active member of the History Society, has died. (t is believed that the cause of his death is COVID-related.
Peter Mills, who was chair of the society during Paul’s active years, has written the following tribute.
The sad news of the death of Paul Hawkins reminded me of Paul’s endeavours in the year 2011 when the Titchfield History Society published ‘Titchfield an Ancient Parish’, the volume commonly known to the Society as the Blue Book. Paul was not only a member of the Editorial Committee and an important contributor, he also undertook the principal part of the preparation of the book for the printers. This was a major task, absorbing many hours of work, but Paul was unstinting in his support for the Society.
Paul’s two great interests were folk music and local history, and on one particular occasion he succeeded in bringing them together in a memorable evening meeting of the Society. But his chief contribution to the Society undoubtedly lay in his sustained work firstly on the Blue Book, and subsequently on the second edition of the Red Book, ‘Titchfield a Place in History’. Both books bear Paul’s imprint; he will be remembered as a valued and influential member of the Society.
Peter Mills, January 2021