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Hartland Cushman

DEXTER - Hartland passed away at home Dec. 8, 2013, with his family at his side. He was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Wilton, a son of Linwood and Etta Louise (Stinson) Cushman.

He attended schools in East Wilton and Wilton Academy, graduating from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, class of 1949. He attended Farmington State Teachers' College for two years before enlisting in the Air Force. After serving four years, he returned to Farmington, graduating in 1957. He received his Master's and CAS from the University of Maine at Orono. Hartland dedicated his career to education starting as a fifth grade teacher at N.H. Fay School, Dexter, in 1957. He later became principal of N. H. Fay and Dexter High School, before becoming Assistant Superintendent of SAD No. 48 in Newport. He served there as Superintendent of Schools from 1966-1988. After retirement he was an interim Superintendent for SAD No. 3, Unity, and SAD No. 53, Pittsfield. He belonged to the Dexter JayCee's, was a 25-year member of Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis, a past president of Maine School Superintendent's Association, a member of the Dexter School Board, the Dexter Utility District, and was also a member of the Dexter Golf Course for many years. After his retirement, he was fortunate to enjoy many years at camp on Sibley Pond in Pittsfield, take many golf trips, and travel to Hawaii and Alaska.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Rita (Dahlgren) Cushman; daughters, Camille Wolfertz and husband, Weston, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Long Island, and Lisa Cushman of Topsham; a brother, Wendell Cushman and wife, Debra, of Columbia, Callif.; a grandson, Owen Wolfertz and husband, Alex, of New Market, N.H.; a granddaughter, Alexis Wolfertz and significant other, Brian Lee, of Stratham, N.H.; brothers-in-law, George Gray of Newport and Maynard Dahlgren and wife, Wanda, of Pittsfield; sisters-in-law, Elaine Doughty of Hollis, and Wahneta Dahlgren of Yarmouth; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. He was predeceased by his parents, and a twin brother, Howard Cushman.

Graveside committal services will be held in the spring at Pittsfield Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maine Kidney Foundation, 470 Forest Ave., Suite 302, Portland, ME 04104; or to a . Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter.

Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 11, 2013
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