Brian S. Dawes
Brian S. Dawes of Au-rora, IL, formerly of Fredonia, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on October 28, 2017. He was 55 years of age.
Brian is survived by his two children, David A. Dawes and Levi J. Dawes; his mother, Jean P. (Lovegrove) Dawes of Fredonia; his three brothers: Scott D. Dawes of Glenpool, OK, Jeffery B. Dawes of Fredonia, and Thomas W. Dawes of Dunkirk. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins. He is predeceased by his father, Richard A. Dawes; his grandmothers, Mildred (Johnson) Dawes and Leona (Lawlor) Lovegrove; and his grandfathers, Willard Dawes and William Lovegrove.
Brian was born in Dunkirk, N.Y. on September 17, 1962 to Richard and Jean Dawes. He was an adventurous and energetic young boy who participated in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, played sports and also played bass violin in the FHS orchestra. Although he received scholarships for college, after graduating from Fredonia High School in 1980, Brian chose to join the US Air Force, serving for eight years with a specific focus on Aircraft Technology, for which he held an associate’s degree. After his military service, Brian obtained his A&P License and started his career in aircraft maintenance while remaining active in the Air Force Reserve, accepting deployment several times. He continued to further his education by graduating from the University of Maryland University College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Brian loved jet airplanes. With over 30 years of aircraft mechanic experience, he worked as a Shift Manager of Aircraft Maintenance for American Airlines at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. He was also a M&E Instructor for American Airlines, training AMT’s that were moving into new classifications and was currently receiving Flight Deck training for the new Boeing 787 Series. Brian was also an experienced construction Project Superintendent and successfully completed several major projects during his career, bringing them in on time and under budget.
A devoted father to his two boys, and as a son, brother, nephew and cousin, Brian considered his family most important to him. Brian had a passion for life and led a full and exciting one. He traveled the world, whether during military conflict, on humanitarian missions or for fun. Wherever he went, he never met a stranger. He enjoyed flying kites with his sons, hiking, skiing, traveling, and reading. Brian was also a highly skilled problemsolver, and often took on difficult and complex projects at work and at home. He was capable of repairing almost anything. He also loved a great prank and was legendary in some of them! Brian was also a compassionate, caring man with a big heart and always donated to wounded or disabled veterans and the less fortunate. As a spiritual man, he loved God and had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
Calls may be made Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, N.Y. A Memorial Service will be held at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Avenue, Fredonia, N.Y. on Monday November 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. A private interment will take place in Forest Hill Cemetery where the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council will accord Military Honors. Donations may be made in his name to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. On line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com.