Vernon T. Hutchinson
1921 – 2010
NORTH YARMOUTH — Vernon Thomas Hutchinson, 88, died at North Yarmouth, Thursday, March 18. He was a lifelong resident of Weld.
He was born April 9, 1921, the third son of Earle V. and Myrtle (Houston) Hutchinson. He was educated in Weld schools, graduating form Weld High School in 1939.
During World War II, he served with the Army Signal Corp and subsequently the Army Air Force as a technician, reducing radar units to fit on Jeeps for the planned invasion of Japan.
He returned to Weld on his military discharge in 1946, operated a radio shop and worked many years with his father, doing carpentry and maintaining local camps. From 1962 until his retirement, he was employed by the Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks, as maintenance mechanic of Mt. Blue, Grafton Notch, Peaks Kenny and Lily Bay State Parks.
His maintenance shop was located behind the Mt. Blue State Park Headquarters, formerly the Coburn Farm, where he was born. He also worked on special projects with the late District Park Supervisor Merle Scott, at Bigelow Mountain and Reid State Park.
He served as finance officer of the American Legion Post 203, treasurer of the Weld Fish and Game Club, and president of the Mountain View Cemetery Association. He was active many years in the Weld Historical Society and served as vice president.
He is survived by Jonathan Shute of North Yarmouth, Stephen Fairbanks of North Leeds, sons of his late companion of many years, Lucile Fairbanks, also of Weld; his brother, Leon of Mexico; sister, Minnie Blodgett of Carthage; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Alice Tyler; and two brothers, Arthur and Ernest, all of Weld.