|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1923|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug., 2009|
John C. Hawver, 85, violinist and financial planner, born September 9, 1923 in Hudson, New York to Joseph and Kathryn. He was raised in Clavarak, NY and graduated from Hudson High.
John started to study the violin at the age of 5 after he heard a violin on the radio. He played in the high school orchestra. As a teenager he would hitchhike to New York City to attend concerts at Carnegie Hall. John would "bribe" doormen to let him in for 50 cents. He won a scholarship to attend Interlachen Music Camp in Michigan.
After graduation he attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. At this time WW II was happening, so he joined the Navy. Once in the Navy, he went to Officer's training at the University of North Carolina and played with the Orchestra. He was sent to Okinawa.
After he was discharged from the Navy, John attended the New England Conservatory of Music for 4 years. At times he would sit in as a student in the Boston Pops, when Fiedler was conductor. He also attended the stage door at Symphony Hall in Boston, getting to see and meet many stars like Heifetz.
While at NE, John won RCA scholarship to Tanglewood music camp in Lennox, MA (summer home of Boston Symphony). His greatest thrill was being able to sit in conducting class under Leonard Bernstein, who recognized John's potential as a conductor.
After graduating from NEC, John received an offer to be solo violinist for the Tulsa Philharmonic and was in Tulsa for 8 years. Not much money was made so John worked as a music teacher and choir director. He decided to begin another career, so he took courses at the New York School of Finance and became a stock broker, as well as an insurance agent.
John moved to Pinellas County in 1958 and worked for several brokerage firms for approximately 25 years. He would hold monthly luncheon seminars at several Pinellas County restaurants.
In the mid-80's, he opened his own insurance business. He spent 15 years as Key West Senior Services. Due to a stroke in 2004/2005, he had to close this business.
John and his wife, Carole, formed the Master's Chamber Orchestra with 21 string players in the late 80's, early 90's. They performed in area halls for approximately 3 years.
Over the years, while in business John played in local orchestras, conducted choirs in churches, played the violin for weddings, in local restaurants as a strolling violinist, but his greatest love was playing in churches for the Lord. That was his passion. That is where he met his wife, Carole. They met in 1982. He was playing at the First Assembly of God in Lakeland, FL. Both were divorced. She knew immediately that he would be her husband. They were married in 1983.
He was a loving husband to Carole and loving father, to John "Chris" Hawver, Minnesota, P. Suzanne Hawver Wheatley and her husband, Lt. Commander Charles Wheatley, Norfolk, VA, Ginger Hawver, Norfolk, VA, Charlene Carvajal, Leesburg, VA, John C. "Harry" Hawver, New York City, NY and Rochelle Toro and her husband, Jay Toro, Ashland, VA. He has one stepson, Duane Dean, Bartow, FL and one brother, Stuart Hawver and his wife, Jeanne, Terrell, NC. He has several grandchildren, Nicholas and Grace Wheatley, Bradley and Mason Carvajal, and Charity Dean.
He was a member of the American Legion and Palm Harbor Christ Church.
Services are scheduled for 5:00 p.m Sunday afternoon, August 16, 2009 at the Christ Church, 1111 Indiana Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL with Pastor Joe Peterson to officiate. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday beginning at 4:00 p.m.. Graveside services and full military honors are 2:00 pm, Monday afternoon, August 17, 2009 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL
Florida National Cemetery
Created by: Iriss Hill
Record added: Aug 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40671176