DOVER-FOXCROFT – Arthur Leroy Hitchcock Jr., 82, husband of Jean (Pillsbury) Hitchcock, passed away Sept. 3, 2006, surrounded by his family, after a recent illness at a Bangor hospital. He was born Nov. 8, 1923, in Gray, the son of Arthur L. Hitchcock Sr. and Alice M. (Brown) Hitchcock. He graduated from Gray Pennel Institute in 1942 and worked for the South Portland Shipyard shortly after graduation. Art served in World War II in the Pacific theatre during 1944-1946, with the U.S. Navy. He served as mineman 2nd class on the USS Aaron Ward (DD34) Division 9 during 1944-1945. Later he served on the USS Shea (DD30) Division 8. He ended his service in March 1946, returning home to Maine. He later entered the Army Reserves for several years. Art moved to Rangeley and began a career he loved. He was employed in 1948 by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, retiring 1972 to his home in Dover-Foxcroft. On April 3, 1949, Art married Jean Pillsbury of Rangeley. He had a love for and pride in family, raising three daughters. Art had many interests over the years, from snowshoeing, to walking through the woods and over mountains, to gardening and yard work at home. He befriended many with his talent for storytelling about the outdoors and his work. After his retirement, Art worked for the Piscataquis Golf Course as greens keeper in 1971, the Dover-Foxcroft Sheriff’s Department as a court officer and serving small claims for about 20 years. He worked for Wakefield Brothers doing carpentry. Though a homebody in more recent years, Art still had a love for the outdoors, overseeing and organizing many a home project. His favorite view was watching the green grass and the trees out his back porch windows, with nature’s bounty showing up from time to time to say “hello.” Family and friends could count on his love of long visits, and he especially enjoyed family reunions. Not to be outdone by others more spry than he, Art traveled with his wife to San Diego and Pittsburgh, for military reunions over the years. Art was a member of three lodges, Scottish Rite/Consistory Valley of Portland, Lodge Council Chapter/Valley of Portland and Anah Temple of Bangor. He was a member of the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational United Church of Christ for many years. Art leaves his wife of 57 years, Jean of Dover-Foxcroft; their three daughters and families, Barbie H. and her husband, John P. Merrill, of Dover-Foxcroft, Cindy M. and her husband, Larry D. Ronco, of Dover-Foxcroft and Katie J. and her husband, John “TJ” Tijerina, of Corpus Christi, Texas; a brother, Leon W. Hitchcock; a sister, Olive (Hitchcock) Lewis, both of Gray; eight grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four great-stepgrandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and mother; granddaughter, Tobi Alicia Tijerina; sister, Ruth (Hitchcock) Emerson and husband, Crawford Emerson; brothers-in-law, Ardean Pillsbury, Sayward Pillsbury, and wife, Mildred (Wright) Pillsbury and Franklin Lewis; and sister-in-law, Elaine (Pillsbury) Brownlee and husband, Robert Brownlee. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with the Rev. Heather Kurtz officiating. Friends and family are invited to share fellowship and refreshments at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational United Church of Christ after the service. Burial will be in the family lot at Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Thompson Free Library Building Fund, 186 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or to the Kitchen Crew, Dover-Foxcroft Congregational United Church of Christ, 824 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.
ARTHUR L. HITCHCOCK JR.
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.