Harold B. "Hutch" Hutchinson

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Harold B. "Hutch" Hutchinson, 89
TOPSHAM - Harold B. "Hutch" Hutchinson, 89, passed away at The Highlands, in Topsham, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
He was born in Buckfield, May 4, 1928, the son of Arthur Burton and Evelyn (Libby) Hutchinson. He was a graduate of Buckfield High School, Class of 1946. "Hutch" was a multi-sport athlete, competing in baseball, football and skiing.
Through school, he was also introduced to apple harvesting, and worked after school and weekends throughout the year at Bessey's Pickle and Apple Shop, processing and packing goods and cider. Later in life, he also worked at Smith's and Cooper's orchards for several years.
Upon graduating from high school, Harold enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, receiving training and surveyor school instruction at Fort Belvoir, Va. He served in Japan as part of a survey battalion to proposed World War II invasion sites, later overseeing remapping of several islands in the Philippines. He concluded his service as a surveyor school instructor at Fort Belvoir. He later earned a B.S in civil engineering from the University of Maine.
As a registered professional engineer and land surveyor, he was employed by the State of Maine as a design engineer for the Maine Turnpike Extension, continuing his career with Wright & Pierce, Topsham, and later for the offices of the Town of Brunswick, City of Portland and the Town of Yarmouth, from which he retired in 1988. He served as a trustee of the Brunswick-Topsham Water District; was a lifelong member and once regional director of the American Public Works Association, as well as a member of the Maine Chapter for over 50 years.
He was member of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years, having served on several church boards and committees. For the last several years, Hutch volunteered at Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick.
He married Barbara Purinton Lamb on April 8, 1967. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 8, 2017! The couple traveled to all 50 of the United States, many Canadian provinces, and 15 countries. They were regular attendees at the Boston Red Sox Spring training for 38 years. Hutch even played in the Boston Red Sox Old-timers Fantasy Camp in 1991, in which he was chosen as the Most Valuable Player for his session.
Mrs. Hutchinson died Friday, Sept. 30, 2017, 25½ hours earlier, at their home. He was also predeceased by his brother, Rodney Adelbert.
He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Caton, and her husband David, of Wells; Rebecca Hudnor, and her husband Frank, of Brunswick; a son, Jeffrey Hutchinson, and his wife Diane, of Brunswick; two stepdaughters, Susan Lamb, and her partner Steve Collemer, of Dresden; and Judith Andrews, and her husband Dick, of Brunswick; a sister, Mary Houlihan, of Auburn; five grandchildren, Peter Christopher, Sarah Christopher, Christopher Hudnor, Justin Hudnor and Erin Sylvester; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan MacDonald and Sadie Christopher.
The family wishes to thank the attentive and caring staff from Friendship Cove at the Highlands, and CHANS Hospice, as well as all the personal physicians and staffs.
Friends and family may visit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. A memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd., Brunswick. A private interment will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences can be shared at: www.brackettfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to
CHANS Hospice, or the
Coastal Humane Society


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Brackett Funeral Home
29 Federal St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-5511
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 4, 2017
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