Richard D. Hewes
CAPE ELIZABETH -- Richard D. Hewes, of Cape Elizabeth, died peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1926, in Biddeford, the second son of Clyfton and Frances (Libbey) Hewes, and was raised in Saco. He was a graduate of Thornton Academy where he lettered in three sports and captained the baseball and football teams. During his senior year, his team won the 'Battle of Bridge' against rival Biddeford High School and he proudly retained lifetime possession of the football from that game, which reads, 'Thornton 6, Biddeford 0, 1944.' In February 1945, during his senior year, he was drafted into the Army and served in the Pacific Theatre as part of the U.S. occupation of Japan, stationed in Korea during WWII. He held the rank of Captain in U.S. Army.
In 1946 he attended the University of Maine at Orono where he played football and served as President of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he graduated in 1950. He then attended Boston University Law School and graduated in 1953. Upon graduation, he practiced law in Saco with his father, the late Judge Clyfton Hewes.
He moved to Massachusetts where he worked as a trial lawyer for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. On Sept. 25, 1954, he married Betsey Shaw of Weston, Mass., who was his partner in life and in sports. They often played badminton, tennis and golf together. They lived in Wellesley, Mass., before moving to Cape Elizabeth in 1960, when he began working with John Leddy in his Portland law practice. During the next 50 years, Mr. Hewes tried over 300 jury trials in all 16 Maine counties. He loved the emotional and intellectual challenges of the practice of law and he cherished his relationships with clients and with members of the Maine Bar. He had a reputation as an effective trial lawyer because his trust for jurors was obvious and had an uncanny ability to emphasize the right facts at the right time with a humble attitude and gentlemanly charm. Mr. Hewes founded two law firms and more recently practiced law with his two sons and his daughter- in-law.
He loved people and politics and began his political career when he was elected to the Cape Elizabeth School Board. Next, he served as the State Representative to the Maine legislature, representing Cape Elizabeth from the mid 1960s until the late 1970s. He was chairman of the Judiciary Committee. In 1972, he was elected Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and served with distinction. When he was elected Speaker, he said he wanted to be thought of as the Listener of the House. Mr. Hewes was known to get along with both Democrats and Republicans, yet he did not compromise his Republican principles.
From 1978-1980 he represented Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, and part of Scarborough, in the State Senate. He temporarily retired from politics to focus on this law practice. In 1983, Governor Joe Brennan appointed him as Cumberland County Commissioner where he served into the 1990s. He was president of the Northern New England
Richard D. Hewes
Defense Counsel Association, the New England Association of Beta Theta Pi, the Greater Portland Young Republicans, the Cottage Farms School PTA, the Cumberland County University of Maine Alumni Association, the Portland Club, the First Radio Parish Church of America, the Cumberland County Bar Association, the Maine State YMCA, which awarded him the Distinguished Service to Youth award in 1983, and he was Chairman of the Committee on Legislative Ethics in 1973-74.
He was a member of the American, Maine and Cumberland Bar Associations, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of the Portland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Greater Portland Council of Governments, The Portland Country Club, Stewart P. Morrill American Legion Post No. 35, the IOOF and various committees of the Town of Cape Elizabeth. Mr. Hewes was a communicant of St. Alban's Episcopal Church where he served as Lay Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Vestry.
Until recent years, Dick maintained an active regimen playing golf, tennis and badminton with his wife Betsey, along with many friends, either at the Portland Country Club or the YMCA in Portland. He was an avid athlete and was known for his outstanding sportsmanship on and off the court. He and Betsey had a wonderful circle of friends and enjoyed an active social life. He treasured his family and had a close relationship with his children. He affectionately provided emotional support to his family members and he respectfully offered valuable advice and counsel whenever it was requested. He adored his 10 grandchildren and regularly kept track of their progress. They knew him as Poppop because he unfailingly cooked popcorn for them whenever they visited.
Mr. Hewes is survived by his wife Betsey of Cape Elizabeth; their five children, Nancy Barry (Robert) of Walpole, Mass., Richard (Margaret) of Portland, James (Mayumi) of Cape Elizabeth, Anne Hewes Ph.D. of Cape Elizabeth, and Carolyn Smith (Gordon) of Cape Elizabeth; and 10 grandchildren, Laura, Jonathan and Thomas Barry, Jane and Julie Hewes, Julia, Jenni and Jamie Hewes, Gordon and Trilbey Smith. His brother-in-law, Robert C. Foden of Scarborough; along with several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews survive him. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Ann Foden, his brother John 'Jack' Hewes, Jack's wife Virginia Pennell Hewes; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Shaw Bolton.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday afternoon, July 10, 2014, from 4-7 p.m., at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., in South Portland. A funeral service will be held on Friday morning, July 11, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Rd., Cape Elizabeth.
The family would like to thank nurses of V.A. & Hospice of Southern Maine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the St. Alban's Community Outreach Ministry, which serves
the homeless and those in need in Cumberland County.
HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
South Portland, ME 04106-3802
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 9 to July 10, 2014