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Dear Casey, I knew your mom only briefly through Ellen, but always found Kathy to be so interesting and wise. So intelligent, like Ellen. And, such a really nice person. I am so very sorry you have lost her way too soon! My heart goes out to you and Ellen and Erin.
Casey, Ellen and Friends –
I was blessed in the early 2000’s to become Kathy’s friend through a mutual friend, Chris Kentouris. We three in many ways were like sisters and even adopted the little, middle and big sis roles. Kathy was rich with life experience and it made sense she would have the big sis lead. Her communications profession extended way beyond the business as she made it a life’s mission to understand the human psyche for her own enlightenment and help others.
She became quite a master at it as well. She certainly lifted me up more than once from all sorts of trials of life. She inspired me to try things beyond my fears. She gave me encouragement to not give up at often the most important times. And above all, she would make it out as if I was the one inspiring her.
This was Kathy’s magic and one of her many ‘best’ qualities. Her amazing nurturing power to lift people up but attribute it all to them.
May all Kathy did for each of you keep her memory eternally alive in your hearts and keep lifting you up at times in life when you need it.
My deepest condolences.
And… Kathy –
My beautiful friend, life comrade, you will be sorely missed but I will keep you with me on my nature walks and your memory alive in my heart. Godspeed beautiful soul.
Little, Sis, J
We knew Kathleen through her involvement with FinOps Report. We mourn her passing and at the same time celebrate her commitment to independent, rigorous journalism in the financial services sector.
To all who knew and loved Kathy:
Some people leave an indelible mark on you, even if you’re not often in touch. Kathleen Hawk was such a person to me.
I came to know Kathy while in her employ, and beyond my boss, she quickly became a friend and a teacher.
I will remember her fondly, and among the attributes that stick out in my mind, I will remember most her generosity, her liveliness, and her curiosity. She was very generous in sharing her incredible talents and seemingly boundless know-how. A born leader, she was the definition of a force to be reckoned with. I remember her as wonderfully lively — fun-loving, adventurous, and fearless with an undeniable joi de vie. And she remains one of the most innately curious people I’ve ever known — a trait that inspires and one to emulate.
You will never, ever be forgotten, Kathy. Godspeed, my lady.
To all who knew Kathy:
I met Kathy in her role as marketing consultant and was saddened to hear the news of her sudden loss from this world.
Kathy was a dedicated and talented woman who went out of her way to understand her clients. She was full of original insight and had the extremely rare capacity to distill complex issues down to simple narrative.
Just as importantly was the human touch that she brought to the job and to the working relationship. She was a brilliant work colleague and a lot more besides.
She will be much missed.
Dear Family and Friends of Kathleen Hawk,
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I remember many good interactions with Kathleen Hawk as she did a great job of representing her many clients. She was always civil and very understanding of journalists. She will be be well remembered. May she rest in peace.
I met Kathy about 17 years ago in her role as a PR executive when I was a former news editor. Her ability to condense complex topics into simple language was just one of her many skills. Her dedication to balancing the needs of both journalists and clients remains unsurpassed by any professional I have ever worked with. At her prompting I launched FinOps Report and grew into the editor and person I always wanted and knew I could be. I will always be grateful for her rare blend of wisdom and kindness. Her passing on is a monumenal loss to her profession and humanity.
I had the great pleasure of working with Kathy as our PR agent while at DPC DATA and was shocked and saddened by her sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Casey, Ellen, as well as Kathy’s other family and friends. Our business was niche and not simple to understand, however Kathy possessed the unique ability to quickly grasp and simplify our messaging. Perhaps more importantly, I grew to know Kathy as not only a unique professional but ultimately a friend with whom I could share both business and personal challenges. Kathy was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace my friend…
I have had the privilege of calling Kathy friend for over 40 years. Together we shared many life experiences, college, marriage, children, tragedy and loss, as well as the gratifying experience of finding a niche in which to devote our talents.
Kathy was a rare combination of sheer intellect, courageous heart and generous spirit. Wherever life led her, she always blazed a path for others to learn from and follow.
The world is much poorer for having lost her.
Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her…..
Until we meet again, my sister, my friend.
It is with great saddness that I write this message in Kathy’s memory on behalf of the membership of the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA).
We were truly shocked when receiving the news of Kathy’s sudden passing – as many of us within the ANNA Board of Directors worked closely with Kathy on a very regular frequency.
Kathy joined the ANNA team over 4 years ago now and has truly been a fundamental part of the implementation of our PR and Marketing strategy. What made Kathy so unique was she was always able to take a complex or sensitive subject matter and break it down into smaller pieces that could be assessed and dealt with much more effectively and efficiently. Kathy had the natural abilty to understand the essence of what we were seeking and then take that concept away and articulate the best and most effective way to communicate this to the outside world. This was Kathy’s gift and she was able to do it with ease.
Kathy’s input and efforts made in developing the ANNA and DSB branding will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts remain with her family and friends at this time.
On behalf of the ANNA Membership
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Kathy’s untimely passing. I came to know Kathy through her work as a marketing consultant. During the last 2 years we spent many hours discussing work related matters for which she offered great insight and unique approach. Kathy’s willingness to go beyond the ordinary course of business was a trait of her remarkable and personal way. Our time working together also provided the opportunity and pleasure of getting to know her in a personal capacity. Kathy was very generous with her time and experience, always providing such wisdom and humour during our conversations. She will be greatly missed.
My deepest sympathies and condolences are with Kathy’s family and friends at this time.
Dear Casey and Ellen,
Although we three have never met, I had the great pleasure and privilege of meeting and working with Kathleen in her role as the Marketing & PR agent for the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) whilst working on a year-long International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) initiative. I found Kathleen to be remarkably knowledgeable in not only the ISIN space but also across many facets of the Securities industry.
Working with Kathleen in her capacity as ANNA’s PR / Marketing consultant and subject matter expert, we spent many an hour on the telephone across the Atlantic exploring various options and scenarios of how to best craft messages that would be informative, politically sensitive and well received within the International Swaps and Derivatives space, into which the ISIN was being implemented as part of the ISO SG2 initiative. The ISIN business and political sensitivities surrounding the International Swaps and Derivatives space was not simple to understand, however as has already been mentioned before, Kathleen possessed the unique ability to quickly grasp a 3D view of both the technical complexities and political nuances, all of which helped us to deliver clear and concise messaging and branding of the Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB).
Over this 12 month assignment, I very quickly came to trust in Kathleen’s pearls of wisdom along with her humour and eloquent articulate writing skills to the point where I regarded her, not only as a unique, intelligent and consummate professional but ultimately as a dear friend and colleague.
I was shocked and saddened by her sudden passing. My deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers go out to her family and friends at this time.
I can honestly say that Kathleen was truly one of a kind…… a real-life….. gem, who will be sorely missed by myself and all who knew her; I also suspect the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and many of those within the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) will soon begin to feel the vacuum Kathleen will leave in her wake.
Rest In Peace ……..my dear talented friend.
Kathy was a valuable part of the ANNA team and was always willing to go that extra mile for anyone that worked with her and she will be missed.
She was dedicated in whatever she applied herself to, and never sought praise or attention. She was just content to do the best job she could to benefit others. She will be missed by us all .
You have my most heartfelt sympathies at this time & please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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