Timothy Keenan Dawes

Date of Passing:

June 17, 2018

Timothy Keenan Dawes, 69, of Lake Avenue, Barrington died unexpectedly from an epileptic episode on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, 2018.

Born in Springfield MA, a son of Thomas Robson Dawes (Lorraine Dawes) of Pultneyville, NY and the late Ann (Washburn) Dawes, he lived in Barrington for 41 years. He spent his childhood on Air Force bases in Kansas, Colorado and Ohio where he accumulated many positive memories.

Mr. Dawes was a clinical Social Worker for the past 41 years. He worked at Bradley Hospital, STARR Program of Fall River, MA and most recently at Anchor Counseling Center. He was passionate about his work and cared deeply about the children and families he worked with.

Tim was a graduate of St. John Fisher College, Class of 1971. He then studied Theology at St. Bernard’s School of Theology from 1971-1973. He left the seminary and moved to Cape Cod to pursue other interests. A true humanitarian, he soon found himself enrolled in the School of Social Work at Boston University where he received his MSW/LCSW in 1977.

Tim enjoyed woodworking, music, hiking, sailing, nature, animals and most importantly his family. He was active in several community groups including the Men’s Group at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, the Blackstone Valley Music School, and the Rhode Island Men’s Gathering.

He is survived by two adoring daughters, Robin Dawes Csanadi and her husband Christopher of Bristol and Abigail Washburn Dawes and her husband Jonathan Colombo of Barrington; a brother, Thomas R. Dawes Jr. (Sister in Law Andy) of Bemus Point, NY; a sister, Elizabeth Minier (Brother in Law Ben) of Williamson, NY, three grandchildren Morgan and Bryn Csanadi and William DiSalvo, 5 nieces and nephews and a large extended family. He is predeceased and being welcomed into the afterlife by his baby sister Patricia Ellen, grand baby Jack Washburn DiSalvo and many loving extended family members.

Please join us in celebrating his life on Saturday July 7, 2018 at the First Unitarian Church of Providence at 10 am.

Donations may be directed to Friends of Dog Mountain, P.O. Box 4575, 143 Parks Road, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819 and to Rhode Island Parrot Rescue, 2141 W Shore Road, Warwick, RI 02889.

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  1. Thank you to everyone who has commented and shared their connection. I miss my Dad so much! I came on here today and noticed a few comments I had not read. It is a reminder of how I want to live my life and the legacy that my Dad wanted to pass to Robin and me. I am so proud to be his daughter. He is living on in these memories and in my heart every day. Daylight savings was always a favorite day for my Dad… longer days leading up to his favorite day, Summer Solstice. Loving you and missing you, Dad!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a saint and a savior. I was a patient of Bradley Hospital 33 years ago and Tim was my backbone, support and cheerleader. I went for his assistance 20 years ago and he was as caring and wonderful then as he was when I first met him. I need him again and discovered his passing. And with great sorrow I wish you and your family peace and pray Tim is now in a happy everafter.

  3. My brother was a pateint of Tim’s he was in denile of his passing he said Tim probably didn’t want to see him words can not explain our condolences rip Tim

  4. Dear Dawes Family,
    I met and spoke to Tim only a few times but am deeply saddened and shocked to have heard his passing. My daughter was his client and he helped her tremendously. She felt supported and found it easy to talk to Tim. When I needed help he was very attentive and supportive. I feel a great loss…. He is missed.
    May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you and bless you with peace ??
    Thank you, Tim!!

  5. Robin, Chris and Family, I hold many treasured memories of Tim, a true Renaissance man-his wonderfully contagious laughter, the heartfelt tears he shed at the resignation of a colleague/friend, his always visible love and pride in his family, his respect for and relatability with clients, colleagues and coworkers, and his giftedness in teaching and learning from others. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.

  6. Remembering you in Iceland on this 4-week anniversary of your passing, good friend and classmate. Our times of study, travel to California for 3 weeks (on $160 each!), music in folk group, Camp Stella Maris, and friendship these past 51 years will always be cherished. Peace to all in your family, and eternal peace to you!

  7. I remember meeting Tim many years ago when he was the clinician for a group of teens on the Rangers Unit at Bradley Hospital. Loved his sense of humor and ability to put life and events in perspective. He also was generous with his time and willing to share his wide range of knowledge. Will miss you Tim. My thoughts and prayers are with Abby, Robin, and their families.

  8. So sad to hear of your fathers passing. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your families.

  9. Tim always showed compassion toward my daughter and myself whenever she had to be admitted to Bradley Hospital when she was younger. Our sincerest condolences to his family.

  10. Seeing Tim and his daughters on Easter at First Unitarian is a forever memory of a man who embraced life and lived it well. Sending our heartfelt condolences to all who knew Tim.

  11. Although we never met in person, we spoke often and texted/emailed about mutual young clients . I was shocked and saddened by his sudden passing. He was making a difference with our clients. He is missed. My deepest condolences.
    RIP, Tim.

  12. I was blessed to have Tim as my supervisor on the Bradley Children’s Unit many years ago. Such a sage, kind, peaceful, funny man in whom I sought refuge in the early days of my clinical career. I was delighted to learn a few weeks ago that we were close neighbors, and I meant to go over and reconnect with him. A missed opportunity I’ll always regret, as well as a life lesson. Heartfelt condolences to Tim’s loved ones, Marilyn

  13. I cannot find words. I did not have years to know him, but I was very glad he was a part of my world. A truly thoughtful and b quietly compassionate man. To people and animals he was a caregiver. Fly free, friend.

  14. My thinking now of Tim and perpetual turning motion balancing grace and whimsy and surety and risk because he could because he had to because we needed his gentle care and enormous understanding and inner/outer child wonder more wonder want more wonder…

    And as Rumi had it:

    we came whirling
    out of nothingness
    scattering stars
    like dust…

    if that rusty old sky
    creaks to a stop
    still, still I turn

    and it is only God
    circling Himself

  15. Words don’t cut it. So sudden, so sad. Tim was a wonderful addition to the UU Men’s group, and breakfast at his house was such a visual and collective treat: funky, funny, creative, welcoming personification of him: the spectacular kinetic sculptures, the tray with a miniature Japanese Buddhist dirt garden on top of the toilet: I won’t forget that, or Tim. Love to all who miss him too,

  16. I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Dawes family find comfort and strength in Jesus promise along with our heavenly father Jehovah of the earthly resurrection, where death will be eliminated forever. Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It’s a reality though for God cannot lie!

  17. Tim was a great man. He was good to his patients and the staff he worked with. He will be missed.
    Prayers for him and his family. Diane

  18. Our family first met Tim on the day we moved into our home on Lake Ave. Tim showed up with a cake and welcomed us to the neighborhood. Always a friendly neighbor.

  19. I first met Tim as a Fellow in child Psychiatry at Bradley Hospital and had the wonderful experience of working with him with several families. It was from that start I saw his compassion and love for others. Later moving back to Barrington Jon and I were blessed to have him as a friend. He touched my life as he did with so many. My heart is with all his family and friends and will always hold a spot for Tim Dawes.
    Zen Meservy and Jon Pollock

  20. Tim, thank you for taking me out to fly your model airplane. I’m sorry I broke your model airplane and nearly lost it in the woods! I have great memories of that day, though. You were a very patient and generous man.

  21. Dear Abby,
    I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. I wish I had had the chance to meet him, he sounded like a wonderful and truly kind person. I know that no words can ease the loss you bear, but I pray you can find comfort in the memory of your father’s patience, humor, courage and love.
    With love and sympathy

  22. Tim had great warmth, deep concern and a reserve of empathic experiences on which he’d reflect. When he spoke he really had me. I wish I had known him better.

  23. So sad. I second Tony Allen’s comment that Tim was a thoughtful listener and speaker at the UU Men’s Group. We will miss him.

  24. An absolutely wonderful man. I will always remember Tim. I will never forget the time Tim told a story at RIMG about his boat, which eventually sank. He was so funny. We all laughed.
    Rest In Peace Tim.?
    Joe Guadagno

  25. At the Men’s Group at First Unitarian Church, Tim was a careful listener and thoughtful speaker. The Men’s Group breakfasts at his house were always special. He won’t be forgotten.

  26. I feel very sad to hear about Tim passing. I knew him by First Unitarian Mens Group. Tim was a guy very caring and big open spirit.

  27. TIM.

    My friend of 30+ years. Wonderful memories of Betsy and Abby in YMCA Indian Princesses. And of biking together. And of working in your woodshop, And of your constant gifts of soulful thought and personal insights. You must have been a blessing to your clients; you certainly were a blessing to me, to the UUMen’s group and to many RI Men’s Gatherings. What a hole you leave in my soul and my life.

  28. Sincere condolences to all of Tim’s family and friends. Tim has been a tremendous support for our family and especially our son for the past five years. We will surely miss his compassionate encouragement! RIP, Tim.

  29. So sorry for your loss Abby and Robin

  30. Sincere condolences to his family. We worked together years ago, and I’ve forever been impressed with how creative, musical, and artistic he was, as well as patient and quite the lover of laughter. A huge loss to family, friends, clients, and the world.

  31. Mr. Tim.

    Thank you for recently helping me through the loss of my Mother. You helped me also with my anger issues for almost a year. I will miss seeing you and playing with the toys in your office while we talked. Auntie and I will be forever grateful for your counseling.

    Jordan Marria (Age 8)

  32. My thoughts and prayers … Tim was the kind of person that you were always comfortable around. He had a very gentle way about him. I will remember him fondly…


  33. Tim was an amazing person and therapist. He will be truly missed by his colleagues and patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Anchor Counseling Center

  34. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Matt, Caroline & Leo

  35. Abby, It is with great sorrow that I write this message. I so enjoyed meeting your father at your and Jonathan’s wedding. And I had a lot of fun dancing with him too! He was a glow with happiness and proudness for you. I will forever remember that.

  36. Thoughts and prayers to the family.Tim was a great neighbor but more importantly a great friend.Always willing to listen to others and give honest helpful insight.The Feathers will miss him dearly,God Bless

  37. Deepest condolences to the family. We will always remember his kindness, great humor and friendship. He will be missed. RIP Tim.

  38. Tim was truly the kindest person ever. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

  39. Robin, I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤️

  40. So sorry for your loss Abby and Will. Sending hugs. Debbie Colasanti

  41. Thoughts and Prayers to the family. Tim was a wonderful, intelligent man who will very much be missed. RIP Tim
    Much Love,
    The Travis Family

  42. Love and light, Tim

  43. RIP my brother.

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