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    R.I.P. Les Hawker

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    I just heard some very sad news, Les Hawker passed away in the early hours today.

    Les has been a long time supporter of CoffeeSnobs and the Australian coffee scene, 100s of Australian roasters (including CoffeeSnobs) have bought their roaster and equipment from Coffee Roasters Australia and like a proud father he treated every competition medal win as one of his own.

    We will all miss Less happy smile and good nature at every future coffee event too.

    Bye friend.

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    OMG wow Im shocked, Ive only known Les for a month but my partner and myself had so much respect for him. He was a kind, wise and very friendly character who was always willing to answer any question. I had only just talked to him on Tuesday and this is a huge shock. He has helped dozens of people entering the Roasting business and I think it can be rightly said he was at the forefront of helping bringing micro roasteries into the Australian industry.

    RIP Les

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    What terrible and sad news.

    Les was great bloke and did so much for the industry and roasting in Australia.

    Our sincere sympathy to Les family and friends.

    Les will be greatly missed. *:(

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    Les was a legend & he will be sadly missed. Ive known him a couple of years & without him i would never have started my business. He was always helpful with advice & assistance.

    My sympathies to his family & friends.


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    Terrible news
    Just talking to him last night. was looking forward to catching at the show on Friday.
    You will be missed you loveable larrikin.
    Thoughts are with wife & family of 7 children, close friends.
    Thankyou for sharing your hard earned knowledge over the years.
    Rest in Peace Les Hawker
    Paul & All

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    Cant Believe it.

    Les we will miss you, just spoke to him on Saturday

    sympathy & love to your famliy at this time.

    Team Barun

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    I bought my first roaster from Les...

    He gave me some great advice on setting up the business, and he was always happy to help, at any time...

    A very sad loss..

    RIP mate..

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    Les Hawker is now gone from our sight
    but never from our memories, or our hearts.
    He shall be greatly missed.

    Sympathy to the family he is now in the great coffee house in the sky

    KK

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    Its seems from these posts that a great man is gone. My deepest sympathy to Less family and friends.

    I never met him but someone who share our passion for coffee must have been a great person.

    MB

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    Ave Atque Vale Les

    "Hail and Farwell"

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    Very sad news indeed.... :(

    My only contact with Les was via the electronic mail medium when ever I thought to ask him for information or advice over the last few years. His responses were always very informative, courteous and light-heartedly friendly and he will be missed terribly by all with a passion for coffee.

    Our deepest condolences go to Les Family and close friends; he really was one of the good guys...

    Thank you Les..... [smiley=dankk2.gif]

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    Farewell my friend.
    Les helped us get started roasting 4 years ago with our first little 2Kg Has Garanti Roaster and had sold us many an Expobar over that time as well. He has seen our business grow and prosper over that time and been a general all round great bloke. Les will be missed and contributed much to our industry.
    RIP Les.

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    I had spoken with Les only a couple of weeks ago and am deeply saddened by this news. Good bye and RIP. You will be missed in the coffee community.

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    I had only just spoken to Les Yesterday. He was always happy and willing to offer his experience and guidance. It was an honour to have known you, you will be sorely missed.

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    Les Hawker ,thanks for your support and assistance. One of lifes true characters,keep on "rocking n rolling". Im sure my Has Garantis were quietly weeping this morning. R.I.P

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    Hi
    Les Hawker was due to be at the Gold Coast show today.
    Does anybody have any ideas how to celebrate his life at this public exhibtion.
    maybe a coffee snob knows an organiser.
    I have called Les from Sydney, Perth, Cairns, Emerald, Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville, Chaters towers, Airlie beach, Gold Coast and more. He always answers his phone with a preperation to help.
    have to show thanks
    cheers
    paul

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    Re: R.I.P. Les Hawker

    We at Diamond C Services would also like to add our condolences and sympathies to Less family and staff.

    Having just experienced the loss of our own Mike Delzoppo - we understand and appreciate what they must be going through.

    Mike and Les had worked as colleagues in the industry for a number of years - and the industry will be poorer for both their passing.

    Kind Regards,
    Michael Agrotis
    for and on behalf of
    Diamond C Services and Staff

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    Deepest condolances to the family, Less input to the industry and he a s a great person will be missed by one and all.
    I would love to do a memorial story on him in the next edition of BeanScene so invite one and all near and dear to celebrate his life, send me all your stories and photos to:
    editor@beanscenemagazine.com.au
    I will edit and complie and make sure we tell the world all about this great man and all about his great life

    Steve Agi
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    Les Hawkers day of rest
    Funeral on Friday at 1pm EST
    Allambe Memorial Nerang
    Nerang-Broadbeach rd Nerang


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    Laughing Les.

    Trying to distance himself from the overly smoky demo roast (done by Will, not Les) at the Melbourne show last year.

    We all joined-in and laughed after we knew the smoke alarms and sprinklers weren’t going to start causing a mass evacuation of the main pavilion.

    It was hard to spend any amount of time with Les without seeing a big grin like this!



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    Lez Hawker:-

    You trulely where one of a kind... for many years i dealt with you and for many years my respect you had.... your honest, loyal and down to earth approach to this industry will be missed and the times we shared i will remember.... you truley where and your memory is an asset to our industry...

    Phillip and the Di Bella Coffee Team

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    Great show of respect for Les on Friday at his funeral.
    Well over 100 attendees.
    Atleast 9 competeing coffee companies represented.
    Could have been the Underbelly version of coffee but all got along great and we shared fond memories of the larrikin and love in Les.
    Had to laugh and share with his family and friends when I noticed the coffee machine behind the counter in the parlour reception room.
    A brand new 2 group Expobar. His wife agreed he may have done a contra deal.
    Thanks to Peter Bowie (coffeebags) for making a great speech which we in coffee adopted on our behalf.
    Thanks for making an effort to come back up Andy.
    We may need to look at giving you a honorary Queensland citizenship your here that often.
    Cheers

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    Watching Les lift those coffee machines into the van and power walk around when he was doing things, I thought the man would out-live us all. Ive shared many laughts with Les and have learnt so much from him. What can I say... if he wasnt smoking, he was eating his maltesers etc. Take it easy, buddy.

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    Re: R.I.P. Les Hawker

    I just wanted to post a quick note, to thank Coffeesnobs and everyone that has left messages about our Dad, Les on this forum.

    Your memories of dad, and kind words have touched our whole family and bought us so much comfort to know how highly he was regarded in the industry and to hear your funny encounters with him.

    Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
    Nicole & family.
    xx



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