1949 – 2016

BRIDGTON — Anthony C. “Tony” Hazelton, 66, of Harrison passed away on Wednesday, April 20, at Bridgton Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Tony was born in Bridgton on July 16, 1949, the son of Arthur and Rachel (Cross) Hazelton. He attended Bridgton schools and Bridgton High School.

After high school, he entered the U.S. Army and faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War, and had served in Alaska. Following his tour of duty, Tony worked at his father’s garage, Art’s Body Shop.

He married Betty St. John in 1972.

Tony took a rural mail carrier position for the U.S. Post Office in Harrison and was well-known as “Tony the Mailman.” He retired from the post office in July 2004 after 37 years of service.

He was a member of the Harrison Fire Department since 1970 and was appointed chief in 1983. He was past commander of the Harrison American Legion Post 139, past master of the Crooked River Lodge AF & AM, past grand sword bearer of the Grand Lodge, the Kora Temple Shrine and was a past member of the Bridgton Masonic Chapter and Commandery, and the Western Maine Firefighters. He was a past member of the Lions Club and served as a member of the first Harrison Planning Board.

Tony was an avid NASCAR fan. He raced car No. 33 at Oxford Plains Speedway. He enjoyed moose and deer hunting, carpentry and was a jack-of-all-trades.

He will be remembered by family and friends for loving people. A true patriot, Tony enjoyed putting out the American flags with his wife, Betty, at the Harrison cemeteries for Memorial Day. He was also proud that he donated 73 pints of blood in his lifetime, and was disappointed when he was told he could not donate after he was diagnosed with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife, Betty, of Harrison; his sister, Vicky Underwood, of Bridgton; a niece, Jodi Chute, and her husband, Craig, of Casco; and several extended family members.

He is predeceased by his parents.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com.

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