Arnold “Hawk” Cameron, Sr

On the evening of Thursday, October 8th, 2020, Arnold “Hawk” Cameron Sr., walked on at the age of 66 at McLaren Flint Hospital while surrounded by his family.

Hawk was born on January 21, 1954 in Bay Mills, Michigan to Harold and Marie Cameron, the fifth of ten children. He graduated from the class of 1974 from Brimley High School. A few years later, on November 4, 1978, Hawk married the love of his life, Jessie (Chartrand). They raised three sons, Arnold “Dean,” Robert “Bob,” and Colton, and one daughter, Courtney. Throughout his life, Hawk had worked as a commercial fisherman, a carpenter, but he found infamy as a shift manager at Bay Mills Resort & Casinos, where he was loved far and wide by his coworkers and customers alike. In his younger years, Hawk loved playing softball and was known for his strong arm. Legend has it, Hawk could throw a player out at home from the deep outfield. After he had hung up his cleats, Hawk would continue his love for the game by watching his sons, Bob and Colton. Life also blessed Hawk with his four grandchildren, Landon, Caylie, Charlotte, and Alanah, who he loved dearly.

Lover of birds and hater of squirrels, you could find Hawk every morning watching his feathered friends while enjoying his coffee. He always kept busy with any of his many hobbies which included carpentry, fishing, camping, cooking, and baking. But much of his time was spent working in his yard, ensuring he could contend if there ever was a “Best Yard” championship. Creative and talented, Hawk had a gift at making things beautiful. It was always a treat for all to see the unique gifts he would make for his mother, Marie, which usually ended with fits of laughter and happy tears. For the many, many people who were able to know Hawk, they will know how extraordinarily kind he was despite his strong and stoic features. The moment his face turned up into a smile, you could instantly feel the love behind it and be at ease of in his presence. Hawk’s family was usually saved one of his Uncle Hawk “looks” followed by a “pft” and a smile. Husband, Son, Brother, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Friend, we will all forever adore and remember you, your infectious smile, and cherish the memories of your time with us.

Hawk was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harold and Marie Cameron, his brothers Harold Cameron Jr and William “Bill” Cameron, and his sisters, Leola Calder and Carrie Cameron. He is survived by his wife Jessie Cameron, his sons, Arnold Cameron Jr., Robert Cameron, and Colton Cameron, his daughter Courtney Cameron, his mother-in-law, Dottie Mills, his brothers, Darryl & Edith Cameron, Joel Cameron, Norman & Eileen Cameron, his sisters, Penny & Chuck Leapley, Carol & Chris Carrick, his brothers-in-law, Bob & Christine Chartrand, Russ & Christine Chartrand, Ted Chartrand, his sister-in-law, Kathi Chartrand, his grandchildren Landon, Caylie, Charlotte, and Alanah, and his many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for immediate family only will be Monday October 12, 2020 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church from 11:00am until 1:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial for immediate family only will be Monday October 12, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church with Father Dominic Yamoah officiating. Immediately following the mass, friends may join the procession for the burial at Mission Hill Cemetery.

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