William J. Hatch


June 09, 1928
- August 25, 2006

VERONA ISLAND AND LUBEC - William Jenkins Hatch, 78, died Aug. 25, 2006, surround-ed by his loving family, at a Bangor area hospital. He was born June 9, 1928, in Milo, one of four sons of Maurice C. and Marion A. (Jenkins) Hatch. After his graduation from Morse High School in Bath, he served honorably in the Army, both during active duty and in the National Guard. He met and married Rachel "Ray" (Sperling) in 1949. He worked for the telephone company in New York City for 10 years. He moved his family back to Maine in 1961, finally settling in Lubec in 1963. He was employed as a civilian technician for 27 years at the Cutler Navel Station, responsible for the critical maintenance of their communications systems. He retired in 1990, a year after the death of his first wife of 40 years. He met and married Priscilla "Pat" (Arey) and established many close bonds throughout her family. Bill was very active with the Masons. He held dual membership with Washington Lodge No. 37 AF & AM in Lubec and Felicity Lodge No. 19 AF & AM in Bucksport. He was very actively affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star, Royal Arch Masons, Anah Shrine Mini Car Unit, Commandery, Knights of the York Cross of Honor, Knights Templar, Past Officers Association and Scottish Rites of Freemasonry. He was highly regarded by all of his brethren and their families while performing his duties with all of the various organizations. Bill was very proud of all of those he served with, within these organizations and expressed it often. He is survived by his wife, Pat; a brother, Neil and wife, Shirley, in Granbury, Texas; four children, William M. Hatch and wife, Una R., in Bucksport, Marion F. Kitchen and husband, William, of Costigan, Kenneth A. Hatch in Ashford, Conn., and Nancy L. Hatch of Manchester, N.H. His family includes six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, Pat's children and their spouses, nine stepgrandchildren and nine great-stepgrandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and many, many friends. He was predeceased by his parents; first wife, Ray; brothers, Stuart L. Hatch and Philip B. Hatch; and a half brother, Freeman Clark. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, where a Masonic memorial service will occur 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home with Pastor Peter Remick, of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment with military honors will take place 3 p.m. the same day at Corey Cemetery, behind the VFW hall, in Lubec. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support the Order of the Scottish Rites Masons specializing in children with dyslexia. Donations may be sent to 32nd Degree Scottish Rites Learning Center, 84 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401. All of his family members wish to express their deepest appreciation to the highly skilled and caring staff of 6 east at Eastern Maine Medical Center. They wish to recognize the special care, compassion and concern by Dr. Kumar Biswas from Bucksport Regional Health Center. Thank you for your support and genuine sympathy during these most difficult times. The family thanks you. Bill thanks you.


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