Boxford — Elmer Fred Hatch II of Boxford, Naples, Fla., and Balch Lake, East Wakefield, N.H., left this world for his last adventure on October 26. In the last few hours of his life, outdoors and surrounded by his loving family, he felt the warmth of sunshine on his face as the birds that he loved so much in life serenaded him one last time.
Born in 1922, Elmer was the son of the late Elmer and Margaret (MacFarland) Hatch of Beverly, where he was raised in the Cove and graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1939.
When he was young, Elmer delivered Hood milk in Lanesville and Annisquam in Gloucester. During World War II, he was stationed in New Guinea as a medic for the Army. He first met his “beautiful bride” Marjorie (Smith) at a skating party at the Shoe Pond in Beverly, and their lasting love is the stuff of novels. Married for 70 years, Elmer and Margie raised five children in Beverly. He owned Hatch Hearing Aid Centers in Lynn, Meredith and Wolfeboro, N.H., but his most important success was his family.
Elmer was a great outdoorsman and was fearful of nothing, except perhaps stern rebukes from his wife when he was out playing too long or too dangerously with the children on an adventure involving boats, rock climbing, or snowmobiles on frozen ponds. He enjoyed his family (first and foremost), traveling, gardening, nature (except woodchucks), corn muffins, Frank Sinatra and (back in the day) a spectacularly-made extra dry martini. He was a voracious reader.
In addition to his wife Margie, Elmer is survived by five children, sons, William and his wife Marguerite of Marblehead, Fred and Joanne of Hamilton, Chris and Mary of Ipswich; and daughters: Betsy Moody and her husband Gary of Boxford, and Heidi Best and her husband Dana of Ipswich. Elmer also adored his many grandchildren, Jean Tierney and Becky McKernan of Marblehead, Meegan and Brittany Best of Seabrook, N.H. and Ipswich, Emily Teixeira and Jeff Hatch of Gloucester and Manhattan, N.Y., Cheryl-Anne Downey of Andover, Dennis Moody of Arundel, Maine, and the late Jason Moody of North Reading; plus his beautiful great-grandchildren, Alex and Meghan Tierney, Caleb, Elsa and Declan McKernan, Caio Teixeira, Nikki Downey, Taylor, Mike, Aiden, Sophie, Olivia and Ava Moody. He also leaves his favorite dogs Angie and Brady and cat, Kitty M.
He was the trailblazer of the family, the first-born who led the way for his younger siblings. Elmer was predeceased by brother Robert and sisters Virginia (Hanley) and Betty. He is survived by brothers William of Beverly and Charles of Michigan, and sister Pauline (Carnevale) Georgandis of Beverly and her children; Ronald, Richard, David and Diane Carnevale. He was an inspiration to many of his nieces and nephews and was in many ways, the patriarch of the extended Hatch family.
In Elmer’s memory, watch and listen to the birds, take great chances, give endless love to your family, and think of him when gazing up at the night sky.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of life will be held at his daughter Betsy’s home, 138 Ipswich Road, Boxford on Saturday, November 3, from 1-5 p.m., where toasting, merriment and jollification will be encouraged, and stories, photographs, and hugs will be shared. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made in Elmer’s memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements under the direction of the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.