Alvin Richard Fletcher
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KITTERY POINT, Maine - Alvin Richard Fletcher of Kittery Point, Maine passed away at his home on Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was born August 2, 1931 at Kittery Point, the youngest son of Arthur Orville Fletcher, Sr. and Nellie Sawyer Fletcher.
Alvin attended Kittery schools and graduated from R.W. Traip Academy. He was very athletic and played on the football team and basketball teams. Upon graduation he enlisted with the U.S. Air Force and spent four years living and stationed at Parks AFB in California. There he made lifelong friends (brothers) and up until his senior years, faithfully mailed many of them holiday cards every Christmas.
Al worked as an electrician, starting at Kittery Electric Light and then a very long career with PSNH; retiring to settle into a home he built on family land.
Busy as he was, Alvin made time to coach basketball for years at the Frisbee School gymnasium, and he loved being with the kids (he often acted like one himself). Al enjoyed watching his children - and later, his grandchildren on the field or courts, playing school sports.
Alvin took time each fall to deer hunting with family members and friends. His brother Warren, brother-in-law Willis, son Darel and other sportsmen enjoyed time afield on the quest for a big buck. He even traveled to Canada several times to hunting camp and had stories to make everyone chuckle upon their return (with or without a big buck).
As a young man, Al joined the Masonic Lodge in Kittery, Maine, and diligently worked to the honored position of Master. He also belonged to the York Rite Masons and the Kora Temple Shriners.
The First Baptist Church of Kittery Point was his family's place of worship, and he later brought up his own children in that church. Alvin was a former deacon and trustee, and a choir member for several years. Music was a great love to him; he played the trumpet at a young age, and enjoyed singing solo at Sunday service. He did so until early this year.
Al loved to travel. He and Jean always looked forward to their 'Fall Trip" each year with one or two other couples, and the destination was known only to the couple who had arranged the adventure. His brother Arthur and wife Jan enjoyed these getaways as well.
A past lieutenant of the Kittery Point Fire Department, Alvin was on the scene of many emergencies, and the station was visible from the home on the hill. Memories of 'Dad' rushing out at the wail of that siren, his hot dinner plate left behind.
Mousam lake was a wonderful break from so many responsibilities. Camp was all about fun and games. Ping pong under the pines, water skiing, swimming with the children and sharing laughter. Driving to the store at the mouth of the lake together was great fun.
As much as he loved to play, Alvin made time for helping others, whether delivering Meals On Wheels with wife Jean, or giving neighbors a hand. He loved people and was a giving man, especially so with his beloved children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and church family.
Alvin is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jean (Ladd) Fletcher, son Darel Fletcher and wife Barbara Fletcher of New Castle, Karen O'Hearn and husband David O'Hearn of Exeter, and Susan Hickey and husband Timothy of Eliot, Maine. Six grandchildren: Adam Fletcher Sturtevant, Shawn O'Hearn, Christopher Fletcher, Andrew Fletcher, Tyler Hickey and Ashley Hickey.
He was predeceased by siblings Frederick, Warren, Arthur, Louise, Ida, Dorothy, Frances, and Judith. Surviving sister, Constance Fletcher Callender resides in Florida.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the First Baptist Church of Kittery Point, Maine (burial immediately following) and a reception in the church vestry. Family flowers only. Donations can be sent to Kittery Point Baptist Church, 636 Haley Rd., Kittery Point, Maine 03905, The
, Finance Dept, 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016, or the
, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
Care of the Fletcher family has been entrusted to JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from July 9 to July 12, 2014