BAR HARBOR - Alvin Urban Hatch Jr., 89, died September 25, 2014 in Bangor at the Maine Veterans Home. He was born February 12, 1925 on Pleasant Hill in Hermon, the son of Alvin Urban and Myrtle (Ellingwood) Hatch Sr.
Urban was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving three years during WWII, participating in the Normandy Beach invasion on the 2nd landing. Urban received battlefield honors including the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one battle star and the Croix de Guerre. He went back to high school after WWII as a post graduate, preparing to go to UMO under the G.I.Bill. He met Ada Hanscom, a senior at Bar Harbor High School, and they were married on October 15, 1948 in a double ring ceremony with Norman Hatch and Shirley Hodgdon. They raised their family in Salsbury Cove in the "Tea House".
Urban and his dad started the business A.U. Hatch and Son Wholesale Fruit and Produce the next year. They delivered to the hospitals, schools and grocery businesses all over MDI and Ellsworth for the next 15 years. In 1965 they also took on frozen food and delivered to the same places and downeast, clear to Woodland. Urban and his father then had a Second Hand Shop in Ellsworth for a few years, and later he drove school bus for Trenton and Bar Harbor.
His hobbies were camping, fishing, and hunting with his family and friends. He especially loved his camps at Duck Lake and Donnell's Pond and flying his various airplanes. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Urban is survived by his wife, Ada G. (Hanscom) Hatch. seven children; Alan U. and wife, Susan, Bruce A. and wife, Lisa, Carl W., Dana A. and wife, Lena, Ellen and husband, Chris Eaton, Annette and husband, Lee Clein, and Beth and husband, George Lawson Jr. One sister, Elaine and husband, Richard E. Emery, fifteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Carolyn Hatch Dunton, and one grandson, Jonathan Wayne Hatch. He was also predeceased by many ancestors including William Hatch The Elder of Situate, Massachusetts, who immigrated from England in 1634.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Oct. 3, 2014 at Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove. A reception to follow at the Eden Baptist Church Parish Hall, Salsbury Cove. Donations may be made in the memory of Alvin U. Hatch Jr. to the "D Unit" activities at the Maine Veterans Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com