HUDSON – Our loving “grampa,” Alan Gordon Hearn, 96, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his devoted grandson, Sean and his family. Alan was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Washington, Conn., “in a barn,” where the family resided, the son of Thomas Hearn and Norah Fenn. Alan was one of five children, two of whom died during infancy. His oldest brother, Kirby, died of natural illness as a child of 13; and his sister, Hazel, died in Texas in her 80s on her way to work.
He married Muriel Kunz in 1940 and shortly thereafter served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he was a sergeant working on fighter planes in Kauai, Hawaii, and Iwo Jima, Japan. He returned to Connecticut and had five children, Robert, predeceased, Thomas, Alan Jr., Fredrick and Linda. In Connecticut Alan followed his passion and worked with his hands deep in the soil as a florist. He owned and operated The Morning Glory Flower Shop and also had a long list of customers who relied on his expertise to create beautiful gardens and landscaping. Alan and Muriel retired to Chester, Vt., where they bought an historic stone house. They spent many years living off the land and modernizing the house. They remained in Chester, Vt., until Muriel passed away in 1992, after 52 wonderful years together. In 1996 he met and married Margery Hearn and enjoyed 11 loving years together. Margery died in 2008. Alan was blessed by her faith in the Lord and enlightened with the power of God’s loving grace. After the death of his second wife, Alan moved to Hudson to reside with his grandson and wife, Sean and Sharon Banks. He spent five years there, where he was a proud member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. He would frequently be seen enjoying the company of his great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, mowing lawns, splitting wood, planting gardens or reading his bible with his dear family friend and devoted caregiver, Nancy York. He has left a legacy of faith, love, compassion and generosity that will enrich anyone who has ever entered his life. His love of his country will forever be displayed by the flag outside his bedroom window and his love of nature will forever be enjoyed by all the beautiful plants and flowers he has helped to nurture.
Alan is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was also enriched by Marge’s loving family and is survived by five stepchildren, 17 stepgrandchildren and a multitude of great-stepgrandchildren.
Alan’s celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. April 20 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1195 Stetson Road, Exeter. Contributions in Alan’s memory may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church.