PITTSFIELD - Chester "Chet" Walter Hubbard died peacefully at Sebasticook Valley Hospital surrounded by family and friends May 1, 2016. He made the decision to not continue his six month fight against congestive heart failure as his prognosis for the future was very poor. Our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the hospital for making Chet's passing as pain free and comfortable as possible. Chet was 68 years old.
Mr. Hubbard was a committed teacher, coach, student advocate, mentor, and principal for nearly 40 years. He loved to work at rural schools and especially with at risk kids. He devoted his entire working career and a significant portion of his personal life to educate, guide and mentor kids to "become the best you can be." His players, students, peers and colleagues will recall the many mantras, mottos and "pearls of wisdom" that he would repeat endlessly. Many began to call them "Hubbardisms," a term in which he secretly took pride. He was passionate about education and co-curricular activities and fought tirelessly to give kids in small schools the same opportunities and experiences available at larger ones.
Chet was an active athlete from his school days until the last 15 years when his body would no longer allow him to play at the level at which he wished to compete. For many years he spent his summers playing softball all over the northeast even competing in the 1985 Men's Softball Nationals in Atlanta, GA. He was also a regular fixture at the Maine High School basketball tournaments in both Bangor and Augusta, whether a team he was coaching was participating or not. He loved to visit with old students, parents and players at the tournaments and it was the high point of his winters.
Dad valued friends and family and loved to visit for many hours on weekends and summer evenings talking with people. It seemed that no matter where we went as a family, someone would recognize him and strike up a conversation. In Boston at Fenway Park or Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian, someone would see him and the stories would begin.
Chet leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years, Patricia F. Hubbard of Newport; his son William E. Hubbard and his wife, Sabbatha A. of Norridgewock and their three sons Kenikki, Dallas and Trey Hutchinson; his son-in-law Chris Kelley of Morrill, grandson Christopher and granddaughter, Kaitlyn; sister Carlie Towle of Londonderry, NH; niece Lorreen Towle of Malden, MA; niece Carla and husband Steve Allen of Littleton, NH, niece Denise and husband Paul Davidson of Eastbrookeville, MA; niece Tressa and her husband Bob Tarbares of Sacramento, CA; sister-in-law Sue Hubbard of St. Albans; niece Alice Hewins of Hartland; niece Karla and husband Jaime Sisco of Hartland. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Arvella Jones of Palmyra; sister-in-law Glorine Jones of Palmyra; sister-in-law Hazel and her husband Bob Garofoli of Camden; sister-in-law Eldora and her husband Winston Burns of Delaware; sister-in-law Charlene and her husband Dan McConkie of Utah; brother-in-law Charlie and wife Arlene Jones of Palmyra; brother-in-law Mike and wife Becky Jones of Newport; lifelong family friends, Rose, Lee and Hollee Hutchinson, as well as hundreds of students, former teammates, colleagues, friends and acquaintances. He will be missed by so many.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ina Hubbard, sisters Edrie Hall, Ruth Hubbard, and brother Mel Hubbard.
The Hubbard family wants to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff of the Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield for their caring support over the last few years and especially for his last days. A special thank you to all the family members, friends and people who offered prayers, support and encouragement during Chet's illness.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at the funeral home. A committal will immediately follow at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Route 152, in Hartland. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering in the cafeteria at the Hartland Consolidated School, 62 Elm Street in Hartland, following the committal and all are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, Chet asked that donations be made to "Chet the Jet Kids Club" to support the education of his grandchildren. Donations may be made out and mailed to Will Hubbard, 4 AJ Drive, Norridgewock, Maine, 04957.
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Care for the Hubbard family has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.