EDWARD WILLIAM HACKETT JR.
He returned to his parent's home in Derby, where he met "the prettiest girl in Milo," Mary Paddock, whom he married July 22, 1947, at St. Xavier's Catholic Church, Derby. Utilizing the GI Bill, he attended the University of Maine, where he completed his undergraduate studies in three years and earned his master's degree in the fourth year. He was a gifted academician and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, of which he had been a lifelong member.
He began his career in education at Piscataquis Community High School, Guilford, where he taught in the classroom for just more than one year before being hired as the principal. Dad served in this position for 10 years, "perhaps the best job I ever had," before accepting a position at the University of Maine. His strong conviction to the importance of a college education and the love for his children prompted this move so that we could live at home and better afford to attend the University of Maine. After 26 years of building the Continuing Education and Summer Session program at the University of Maine he retired as the director emeritus in 1988. He loved the university and was very thankful for the education and livelihoods that the institution provided for him and his family.
A testament to his love of education and leadership is evidenced by the fact that during this period, he served "at the pleasure" of eight different University of Maine presidents. Ed, Eddie, Dad, Grampy, Great Grump was the epitome of the loving family patriarch and role model for his siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a special and unique man whose love of God, family, country and education was endless. Dad's love for mom was unquestionable and served as the perfect example of how we should treat and care for each other.
The love, caring, support and unselfishness they displayed for all of us will never fade with the passage of time. Dad and mom were so much in love that during the 20 years after his retirement they literally spent less than four hours apart, may they now remain forever together. They demonstrated a special bond of love that created a loving close-knit family of six children, Tim, Nancy, Tom, Matt, Mark and Eddie. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his son-in-law and daughters-in-law, Pam (Ladner), John "Tommy" Tennett, Gerri (Evans), Rachael (Higgins), Suzanne (Snowman) and Candi (McKay). His love, joy, hope and promise lives on in his 17 grandchildren, Katie, Kylie, Angie, Becky, John, Janna, Megan, Mark, Matthew, Jenn, Molly, Zach, Tara, Lucas, Brian, Scott and Amy; and 12 great-grandchildren, Annie, Timmy, Mary, Katie, Tommy, Nate, Sadie, Callie, Trey, Alex, Allie and Lydia. Much to his dismay, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Grace Butler. Dad's love for his brothers and sister was always emphasized to reinforce the importance of family and he loved them very much: John, Don "McGinnis," Al "Popeye" and Mary. Dad's loving pets, Leo and Lilly, were forever by his side since the passing of mom and provided him great solace. We express our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Palliative Care Team at Eastern Maine Medical Center for their care and support.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Brookings-Smith, LaBeau Chapel, 72 Main St., Orono. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Our Lady of Wisdom Chapel, Newman Center, 83 College Ave., Orono, with the Rev. Wilfred Labbe officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo.
Those wishing to remember Edward in a special way may make gifts in his name for scholarships to the University of Maine Development Office, 101 College Ave., Orono, ME 04469, Eastern Maine Medical Center Palliative Care Program, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or The Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Dad, "Psst...watch your language ... feet towards the golf course" will remain forever with us. May you finally be at peace and rest with the love of your life, Mary, Mom, Mimi. We love you Dad.
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