Thomas W. Hutchins Jr.

FRYEBURG — Thomas “Tommy” W. Hutchins Jr., of Stuart Street, Fryeburg, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

He was a son of Bertha (Henry) and Thomas Hutchins Sr, and attended Fryeburg schools, graduating from Fryeburg Academy in 1935. He was a 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Army Medical Corp., serving in the Southwestern Pacific during WW II. He was married to his wife, Melba Hutchins, for 60 years. She passed away in 2001.

He was employed as mechanic and service manager for LaCasce Chevrolet for 16 and a half years, mechanic and service manager for C.M. Brown Ford for two years, mechanic  and service manager for Holden Brothers for 22 and a half years, and mechanic and owner of Tommy’s Auto Repair for 10 years until his retirement. He was a former member of Center Fryeburg Grange, charter member and secretary and treasurer of the Saco Valley Fire Assoc. He joined the fire dept. in 1946. When it was taken over by the town of Fryeburg in 1960 he became the second Fire Chief in 1962 for four years. He was past president of the Western Maine Fire Assoc. and a member of the Maine State Federation of Firefighters in 1963. He was a former town and state Deputy Fire Warden, former assistant Civil Defense Director, former member of Fryeburg Police Dept. for 12 years and former member of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Dept. as a Special Deputy. He was also past president of the Fryeburg Lions Club, past commander and life member of the American Legion Post #137, life member of the disabled American Veterans Assoc., former member of Fryeburg Rescue, former member of the town budget committee, past Master of Pythagorean Lodge #11 AF&AM, 32nd degree Mason of the Valley of Portland, member of the Kora Shrine in Lewiston, Fryeburg Historical Society, Fryeburg Fish and Game Assoc., former member of Lake Kezar Country Club, and life member of West Oxford Agriculture Society Fryeburg Fair, former member of Oxford County Senior Citizens Inc., and former member of Oxford County Shrine Club.

Tommy is survived by one sister, Joyce Foley of Limington; and many nieces and nephews.

Tommy loved the town of Fryeburg and all of its residents. A graveside Masonic Service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery, Fryeburg in the spring.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fryeburg Fire Department. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

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