Lewis P. Hutchins, 84 of Blue Hill, passed away on Oct. 19, 2020, after a long battle with various medical issues. He was born in Rockland on July 16, 1936. He attended schools in Bucksport, graduating in 1955.
He was an experienced curmudgeon by the time he was 60, so lived the last 24 years of his life perfecting the craft. He was most commonly found somewhere on the dirt roads of Washington County with a dog at his side. HIs objective in those years was to see how many trees and rocks he could use to put dents in his truck, rising to master level in this area.
Lew was most proud of his time in the Maine State Police, but after that he had a career that resembled a leaf in the wind — being a caretaker, deputy sheriff, lobster fisherman, maintenance man, Maine guide and code enforcement officer. His other source of pride was his family, though he was never able to recover after the loss of his grandson, Andrew Hutchins, in combat in Afghanistan. In his last 10 years, he spent time between his home in Blue Hill and his camp in Grand Lake Stream. On the stream, he became a well-known sight sitting in a chair by the Cable Pool. What he knew about fly fishing could be written on the head of a finish nail, but he talked a good game.
Lew was predeceased by his parents, Aury and Winnifred Hutchins of Bucksport. He is survived by three sons: Greg and Deirdre Hutchins of Winthrop, Chris and Dot Hutchins of Vassalboro and Jeff and Betsy Hutchins of Greene. He has grandchildren, Celia Wilson, Jennifer Laney, Travis Hutchins and Ben Hutchins, along with a great-grandchild, Allyssa Hutchins. His sister, Dorothy Harriman of Bucksport, assisted him to remain at home as long as possible and this brought them closer. He also has sisters, Joanne Bosse of Old Town and Jolene Simmons of Old Town.
He collected many friends, namely Doug Stover of Blue Hill and Chester and Richard Lay of Massachusetts, a host of Soucies, various drinking buddies and local liars and riff raff from Downeast Maine.
A stoneside service will be held at Riverview Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. Please wear a mask. Please no flowers, but donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.