ERVING - Kenneth M. "Junior" Hubbard Jr., 77, of Gary Street, died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, while haying in Warwick.
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Born on May 19, 1936 in Warwick, he was a son of Kenneth Sr. and Agnes (Carson) Hubbard and had grown up in the area, attending New Salem Academy.
On Oct. 12, 1957, Junior married Virginia (Lapointe) in the Farley Church in Erving and have enjoyed over 55 years together.
Junior was involved in logging and sawing his entire life, from working with his father until going to work for Curtis Lumber in Hubbardston as a sawyer and later with his brother, Walter, at Hubbard Lumber in Royalston. He truly enjoyed working in the forest and being close to nature. Known for his teams of draft horses, Junior used them to log, gather hay, and to give numerous hayrides from different fairs, at Yankee Candle in Deerfield, but his most satisfaction came every year in August when Warwick would hold its Old Home Days, and he could take the local children and their families for hayrides around town. Junior had taken part in sap gathering contests, as well as gymkhanas (horse shows), and was an avid gardener, fisherman, and he like to hunt a little as well.
Survivors include his wife, Viginia Hubbard of Erving; children, Rebecca Hubbard of Erving, Kenneth Hubbard III and his wife, Diane, of Colrain, Cheryl Klette and her husband, David, of Orange, Katrina Rochotte and her husband, Brian, of Erving, and Michael Hubbard and his companion, Megan Edson, of Erving; grandchildren, Jason Hubbard, James Hubbard, Jonathon Caswell, David Caswell, Kyle Bascom, Krista Parker, Brittney Rochette, Matthew Rochette and Patricia Slaughter; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter Hubbard and his wife, Joyce, of Royalston, Robert Hubbard and his wife, Brenda, of Warwick, and Donald Hubbard of Winchester, NH; a sister, Martha Alden of Warwick, and many nephews and nieces.
Besides his parents, Junior was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Hubbard.
Calling hours will be Thursday evening, Aug. 22, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
Funeral services will be held on Friday morning, Aug. 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Witty's Funeral Home in Orange. Interment will follow in Warwick Center Cemetery.
The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to either the Warwick Community School, 41 Winchester Road, the Warwick Fire Department, Orange Road, or to the Warwick Free Public Library, Athol Road, all in Warwick, MA 01378.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements. You may offer your sympathy or find directions online at:
Witty's Funeral Home
158 South Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
Published in The Recorder on Aug. 21, 2013