Final journey for Tiptree man who skydived at 93 - Billy Hawes died on what would have been his late wife's birthday (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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Final journey for Tiptree man who skydived at 93 - Billy Hawes died on what would have been his late wife's birthday
3:00pm Sunday 1st June 2014 in News
A 93-year-old man who skydived 11,000ft to celebrate regaining his mobility has died .
Billy Hawes, of Tiptree, was the oldest person do a tandem skydive in South Africa.
The Second World War veteran had been housebound for four years and had relied on a wheelchair to get about until not long before the skydive in January.
He died last week on what would have been his late wife Hilda’s birthday.
He had spent a month in Colchester General Hospital but caught pneumonia upon his return home.
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