HAYNESVILLE and HOLDEN, Mass. – Arthur Brackett Hess, 86, of Phillips Road, Holden, Mass., died Friday, May 8, 2009, at home. He was born in Springfield, Mass., son of Frank Y. and Annie M. (Brackett) Hess. He lived 20 years in Penfield, N.Y., and 25 years in Haynesville, before moving to Holden, Mass., last year. He was a graduate of Classical High School, Springfield, Mass.; attended the Army Specialized Training Program at Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.; and was a 1950 graduate of Brown University, Providence, R.I., with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European, African and Middle Eastern theatres as a member of the Signal Corps. He was a production engineer at Xerox Corp., Rochester, N.Y., and previously worked for Minneapolis-Honeywell, Minneapolis and Boston, and Singer Sewing Machine Co., Bridgeport, Conn. Arthur once said he had no valuables except his family. He was cherished for his sense of humor, his giving heart and steadfast love for his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. His strong belief in family was demonstrated by his writing genealogy for the Hess and Brackett families. He was a skilled wood craftsman. He shared his talents with his family, friends, his church and by volunteering 5,000 hours to Houlton Regional Hospital. He had a great love of music and throughout the years sang in numerous choirs and choral groups, including Rochester Oratorio Society of Rochester, N.Y. His love for music has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. Later in life he developed an interest in antique reed organs and restored one for each of his five grandchildren. He was a member of The Reed Organ Society. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Irma (Cleaves) Hess; two daughters, Katharine O.H. Mills and her husband, Gregory, of Holden, Mass., and Laura C.H. Savage and her husband, the Rev. Arthur Savage, of Chichester, N.H.; five grandchildren, Jeremiah Savage and his wife, Heather Mathews, Bryan Mills and his fianc?e, Stephanie Pavone, Erin Ellis and her husband, Todd, Jessica Savage and her husband, Dustin Haines, and Sara Mills; two great-grandchildren, Ashlin Savage and Molly Ellis; sister-in-law, Vina (Cleaves) Hewson of Warwick, R.I.; many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by siblings, Frank, Wendell, Burton, Ruth and Alice; and his best friend, William Hewson. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. May 17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Holden, Mass. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Haynesville. A memorial service will be held at Houlton United Methodist Church, Houlton, at a later date to be determined by the family. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Houlton Regional Hospital Arthur B. Hess Colon Cancer Educational Fund, care of Houlton Regional Hospital, 20 Hartford St., Houlton, ME 04730. The monies will fund a new program created in Arthur’s memory to provide information on how colon cancer can be prevented. Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, Mass., is directing arrangements. www.milesfuneralhome.com
ARTHUR BRACKETT HESS
Posted May 10, 2009, at 7:43 p.m.