Dawes was best known for his participation in the Fort St. John Pan-African Caribbean Association as President and for organizing Black History Month and Juneteenth celebrations in the Energetic City.  After moving from his native Jamaica to Vancouver, Dawes has spent the last 15 years in the Fort St. John area working in the oil patch and at Staples.

Dawes was an active member of the Pentecostal Church and was well known in the community for his jerk chicken. In the time since his death, friends and family have left messages and prayers on his Facebook wall, describing him as a great man and friend who will be dearly missed.

He is survived by family in Canada, Jamaica and the U.S.