NORTH YARMOUTH - Bruce W. Hazelton (87) passed away peacefully on September 10, 2015. He was born on November 2, 1927 in Chester, NH to Robert C. and Margaret (McComb) Hazelton. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, Class of 1946. Following high school, he attended Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College - Class of 1950.
Bruce joined his father selling and servicing Ford tractors in the business his father established at the family farm in Chester during the Depression. R. C. Hazelton Co., Inc., later expanded to a larger facility in Manchester, NH, selling and servicing International Harvester construction equipment.
In June of 1950, he married Avalon Lee Crosby of Derry, NH. When the business expanded to Maine in 1956, Bruce and his young family moved to Cumberland Foreside and later to North Yarmouth. Bruce served as general manager of the Cumberland operations as well as President of R. C. Hazelton Co, Inc until his retirement in 1984.
Bruce's passion was stamp collecting and U.S. Postal History, especially as it related to the state of Maine. Over his lifetime he amassed one of the largest collections of Maine Postal History in the country and was well known and highly respected for his extensive knowledge and vast collection. He was often invited to speak to various philatelic groups around the country.
Bruce's love of stamps and Maine history led him to serve and support numerous philatelic and historical societies around the country, including Portland, Waterville, Ellsworth, York County, Great Bay Stamp Clubs, Maine Philatelic Society, Boston Philatelic Group, American Philatelic Society, as well as Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Maine Historical Societies, and Skyline Farm Carriage Museum.
Bruce's other great love was golf. He had been known to play with fluorescent orange golf balls in the snow. For many years he organized the Senior Men's and Women's Golf Leagues at Val Halla, Freeport and Toddy Brook Golf Courses.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 54 years and his eldest daughter, The Reverend Gweneth L. Hazelton. He is survived by his son, Robert C. Hazelton of North Yarmouth; daughters Janet Stoddard and husband Craig of North Yarmouth and Lily Bay and Lisa Trainor and husband John of Derry, NH. He leaves his grandsons, Jacob Stoddard and wife Ashley of Raymond, ME; and Sean Trainor of Derry, NH; granddaughters Shannon, Kelly and Erin Trainor, all of Derry, NH, and Linan Cicerchia and husband Stephen of Warwick, RI and their sons Thomas and Noah.
Bruce is also survived by his brother Richard and wife Marion of Chester, NH; nieces Catharine Plummer and husband Kitt of Londonderry, NH and Deborah Lewis of Chester, NH; nephews Daniel Hazelton and wife Lorna of Chester; David Folsom of Farmington, NH and Neal Folsom and wife Verna of Epping, NH.
A Celebration Of Life is planned for Sunday, September 20th at 2pm at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME with a Masonic Memorial Service to be held following. Those attending are encouraged to wear something yellow, Bruce's favorite color. A reception following the service will be held at Cole Farms, 64 Lewiston Road, Gray, ME. There will be no interment, as Bruce donated his body to the University of New England for medical research purposes.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Maine in memory of Bruce. Gifts may be mailed to HSM, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074, or online at www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/give.