LEWISTON – R. Bruce Huntington, 80, passed away Sunday, April 5, at Central Maine Medical Center.

He was born July 10, 1928, in Portland, the son of Holman T. Huntington and Grace Wilson Fuller.

After graduating from Lewiston High School, he served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1952. While stationed in Japan and Korea, his duties included public relations writing, reporting and photography, and counter-intelligence and criminal investigating. There he married Hisako Iwano, his wife of 59 years.

Upon returning to Maine, he was employed as a reporter for the Lewiston Evening Journal. He later worked at Bates Manufacturing Co. as director of publications and public relations.

During that time, he became treasurer and public relations director or Rural Development Associates, a non-profit Maine corporation which was active in the field of privately-financed foreign aid programs. He later ran his father’s business, Plywood Inc., before working at the computing center at Bates College as a microcomputer specialist until his retirement in 2003.

Once described as “The Leonardo of Androscoggin County” he had an insatiable thirst for knowledge with interests ranging from printing to physics, computers to carpentry, electronics to photography, etc.

He is survived by his wife, Mayumi (Hisako) Huntington; a daughter, Sandi M. Huntington of South Portland; a son, Terry D. Huntington and his wife, Marlene Reali, of Scarborough; and three grandsons, Keir Larock and his wife, Karen Sherlock, of Edgecomb, Braden Larock of Alfred, N.Y., and Cheney Larock of Lewiston.

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