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.