LESTER WILDER HAZELTON
OLD TOWN and GUILFORD—Lester Wilder Hazelton, 85, died September 30, 2002 at a Bangor hospital. He was born November 11, 1916 at Greenfield, MA, a son ofCharles E. and Mary M. (Luey) Hazelton. He spent his childhood in Turners Falls, MA and was an avid reader and knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects, from early interest as a bird watcher and lover of the woods to his study of the Civil War. He graduated from Syracuse University, School of Forestry in 1939; and in 1945 he moved to Maine to work as assistant to the Manager for Draper Corporation of Guilford. Upon closing the mill in 1953, and knowing that this was the area where he wanted to live and raise his family, he went to work for the woodlands department of Great Northen Paper Company. He worked at various positions during his 25 years with GNP, retiring in 1979 as Director of Timberlands Planning and Development. Les was at the forefront of the many changes the industry was making, from cutting pulp by hand and transporting it from forest to mill by water, to mechanical harvesting of tree length logs and transportation by truck over the “Golden Road” through the forest to the mill. Les was admired and respected by his co-workers and fellow foresters for his integrity and foresight. He loved his work and always looked forward to the next day and its challenges. After retirement he and his wife of 61 years, Mary-Louise, moved to Corea where they spent their summers, and wintered in Florida. No matter where he was, Les had to “walk the land”, map in hand, whether at a Civil War battlefield or the Highlands of Scotland. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, Maine Society of Surveyors, Northern Loggers Association, and Small Woodlot Owners Association. He was appointed by Governor Longley to the Citizen’s Advisory Board-Maine Land Use Regulation Committee and later by SAF to the proposed Maine Board of Registration for Professional Foresters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Louise (MacQuarrie) Hazelton of Old Town; a son, L. “Dean” Hazelton of Greenville; a daughter, Mary Lu H. Philbrook of Bangor; a brother, David S. Hazelton of Woodstock, CT; a sister, Natalie H. Mata of Brooklyn, NY; 2 grandsons, Glenn S. Philbrook and wife, Tamra of Old Town, Erik W. Philbrook and wife, Gwynne of Brooklyn, NY; 1 granddaughter, Mary Ann H. Reed and husband, Chris of Fall Hills, NJ; great grandchildren, Tuesday D. Philbrook, Conner C. and Elyse A. Reed. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.
A memorial service will be held 2 P.M., Saturday, October 5th at the Guilford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Margaret “Dodie” Stowe officiating. Burial will be in the Lawn Cemetery, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.
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