Hartley A. Bither

Family-Placed Obituary

HARTLEY A. BITHER Hartley Bither died on June 20, 2012 at St. Andrews Estates North, Boca Raton, FL. He was 92 years old. One of ten brothers and sisters, he grew up in Linneus, ME near where I-95 ends at the Canadian Border. He graduated from Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton and Colby College in Waterville, ME. From 1942 thru 1945 he was in the Army Air Corps serving with the 27th Squadron and 30th Bomb Group in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he went to work with the Birds Eye Division of General Foods Corporation, first in Maine and then the eastern region office in Rochester, NY. There he met his wife, Virginia Woodhams, who went to work for General Foods on V-J Day. They were married in 1951. A short time later they moved to White Plains, NY where both continued to work for General Foods. It was headquartered in New York City, NY at that time but moved to White Plains, NY in Westchester County in 1954. Hartley's work progressed from plant operations to sales to product management and marketing. Although they retired at the end of 1982 and moved to Palm Beach County, FL, Hartley continued to work for another ten years as a traveling in-house consultant for the corporation. For three years, from 1996 thru 1998, Hartley supervised food concessions at the local spring training baseball stadiums. First at West Palm Beach, then at Roger Dean in Jupiter. This was an unpaid labor of love as a fundraiser for Amara Temple of the Shriners. The Bithers were active in Volunteer work for years at their church, the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach. Hartley was a willing volunteer from the time they moved to Arts Retirement Community in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Virginia and sister, Mildred McIntosh, along with numerous nieces, nephews grand nieces and nephews. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries

Funeral Home

Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center
1353 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 334322833
(561) 395-1800

Published in The Palm Beach Post from June 24 to July 1, 2012