PRESQUE ISLE - Uriah Joseph Hedrich II, 85, of Pine Island, Fla., and Mann's Mountain, New Brunswick, passed peacefully June 24, 2013, in Presque Isle, where Joe was born June 5, 1928.
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Joe graduated from The Gunnery Preparatory School in Connecticut. Joe was a third generation Presque Isle businessman. At 16 he worked for his grandfather at U. J. Hedrich Co. After serving in the Navy in the South Pacific, Joe returned to Presque Isle to begin his first business venture, The Hedrich Vending Co. Joe was co-founder and past president of Pine Tree Vending Association. Joe was also a member of The Masonic Trinity Lodge and a number of other civic organizations. Joe enjoyed gardening and loved to share his raspberries and blueberries with friends and neighbors. He was a honeybee keeper and an avid salmon fisherman. Joe also enjoyed a good round of golf. He will be remembered fondly for his quick wit and humor.
Joe is survived by his loving partner, Sandra Thompson of Mann's Mountain, New Brunswick; four sons, Uriah J. "Joe" Hedrich III of Presque Isle, Gregory Hedrich and fiancée, Jan Lovett, of Presque Isle, Todd and Jennifer Hedrich of Presque Isle, and David and Nancy Hedrich of Mapleton; five grandchildren, Uriah J. IV, Jordan, Taylor, Matthew and Madison; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Harry B. Hedrich and Elizabeth (Grant) Hedrich of Presque Isle; three sisters, Ella Louise (Hedrich) O'Donnell, Betty Jane (Hedrich) Burt and Patricia (Hedrich) Baston; and grandson, Daniel Hedrich.
Friends may call 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 27, at The Congregational Church, Church Street, Presque Isle, where funeral services will begin noon with the Rev. Tim Stohlberg officiating. Interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Richard Adams Salmon Foundation, 462, St-Jacques Nord C.P. 308, Causapsal, Quebec GOJ 1JO Canada. Services in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.
Published in BDN Maine on June 26, 2013