Arthur J. "Red" Hutchins Jr.

Arthur J. "Red" Hutchins Jr.

formerly of Shirley and Fitchburg; 77

GARDNER -- Arthur J. "Red" Hutchins Jr., 77, of Gardner, formerly of Shirley and Fitchburg, died December 26, 2012.

Mr. Hutchins was born November 7, 1935 in New Bremen, New York, a son of Arthur and Ada (Veary) Hutchins and had resided in Shirley and Fitchburg before moving to Gardner five years ago.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Michael Jadlowski of Bryan, Texas; two stepsons, Richard Barber and his companion, Elizabeth Viens of Fitchburg, Paul Barber and his wife, Kate of Florida; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, John and Diane Hutchins, Richard and Phyllis Hutchins, Gary Hutchins all of New York; his former wives, Patricia (Eayrs) Hutchins of Bryan, TX, Charlene (Elcevitch) Hutchins of Lunenburg and Carol Hutchins of Fitchburg; seven grandchildren, Bridget Adams, Franklin Parker, Ashley Barber, Josh Barber, Carolyn Barber, Vincent Barber, and Justin Barber. He also leaves seven great- grandchildren.

He was the father of the late Steven Hutchins of Shirley who died in 2002 and the brother of the late Robert Hutchins of New York.

Mr. Hutchins had worked at the former Hartnett Tannery in Ayer, Sampson Cordage and President's Suspender Company both in Shirley. A master machinist, he later worked for over 25 years as a millwright at Shanklin Packaging Company in Ayer, retiring in 2009. He was also a licensed stele erector and had participated in the construction of the Shanklin Company manufacturing facility.

During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Hutchins served his country in the United States Army National Guard.

Red was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and kayaking. He was a member of the Templeton Fish and Game Club. He was an accomplished wood carver and a professional archer.

HUTCHINS -- Mr. Hutchins' family will receive family and friends from 2-5 Sunday, December 30th at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte 2A) Ayer. Please see for additional information.

Spring burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Shirley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Templeton Fish and Game Club, PO Box 99, East Templeton, MA 01438.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 28, 2012