Walter Glenn Hoyt
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ELIOT, Maine - Walter Glenn Hoyt, 86 of Eliot, died February 5, 2014 peacefully at home with his family at his side.
Born June 22, 1927 in Eliot, son of John S. and Helen Dana Hoyt he married Mildred I. Fernald, his High School sweetheart and best friend for 67 years, on April 21, 1951 at the South Eliot Methodist Church.
Walter left High School in 1943 to join the U.S. Navy during World War II, returning in 1947 to graduate from Eliot High School with the class of 1949. Was one of three Veterans to return to Eliot High after the war. During the war he served in the Amphibious Force and at wars end served on a YMS (Yard Mine Sweeper) in the North Pacific. Received the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, The European African Middle East Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.
After High School he owned and operated a Barber Shop in Eliot for a number of years.
He was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a Firefighter, retiring in 1988 as a Captain with 24 years of government service. Member of the Local F-123 I.A.F.F. A.F.L./C.I.O.
He dove a school bus for Eliot School Dept. In the 60s and for MSAD 35 in the 90s and was a dedicated 39 year member of the Eliot Volunteer Fire Department, where he was known for his quick decision making at emergency scenes that resulted in many saved lives and property. He served as Fire Chief from 1969-1988. He has been an Honorary Eliot Fire Department Member since 1988 a Member of the United Methodist Church since 1953 and
Member and past President of the Eliot High School Alumni Assoc, a longtime member of Naval Lodge #184 AF&AM of Kittery and Life Member of Maine Chapter #20, R.A.M. of Kittery. Member of Portsmouth Lodge of Moose #444, Member of Eliot/Kittery American Legion Post #188 and the Kittery/Eliot V.F.W. Post #9394. Member of the York County fire Chiefs Assoc., Maine Fire Chiefs Assoc., N. E Fire Chiefs Assoc., and The International Assoc. Of Fire Chiefs. He was an active member of numerous other Fire Dept. Organizations including past President of the York County Firefighters Assoc. and past President of the Interstate Emergency Mutual Aid Assoc.
he was the Recipient of the American Legion Citizen of the Year Award from the Town of Eliot in 1990.
Walter is Survived by his wife Mildred of Eliot; his children who were his pride and joy, Daughter Joanne L. and Jay P. Muzeroll of Eliot, Son Michael W. And Tracy B. Hoyt of Eliot, Son Thomas R. And Leslie Hoyt of Eliot, Son Dana G. And Elizabeth M. Hoyt of Eliot, Son Brian T. Hoyt of Eliot, Beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren who affectionately knew him as " Papa "; Heather, Amanda, Heidi, Adam, Andrew, Alex, Ethan, Kenneth, Meagan and Ashley, Josie, Jay, Lila, Elizabeth, Zachary, Shane and Cora, Brother Jack H and Sandra Hoyt of Temple, Maine, Sisters Marjorie A. Savage of Farmington, and Eva G. and Ronald Say of Hebron, Conn. He was predeceased in 1929 by infant brother John Hoyt Jr., sisters Louise M. Nicholas, his twin Lila E. Kane, Hazel J. Barker, Myrtle H. Haney. and brothers Dana H. and William H. Hoyt.
A funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. in his church, Eliot United Methodist Church, Route 236 in Eliot. Family flowers only, donations may be made in his memory to Shriners Burn Hospital C/O Shriners Hospital For Children-Boston 51 Blossom Street Boston, Mass. 02114. Care for the Hoyt family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from Feb. 7 to Feb. 10, 2014