BRUNSWICK — Bob “Hap” Hazzard, 80, died at his home on May 22 with his wife and family by his side.
Hazzard was born Feb. 15, 1932, to Robert and Margaret Hazzard and was raised in Gardiner. He was a member of the Gardiner High School Class of 1949 and was the keeper of the Tiger mascot for recent class reunions. After graduation he went on to Deerfield Academy and Bowdoin College, graduating in 1955.
After graduating college, Hazzard married his sweetheart, Anne Bates Purinton. He served in the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. where they lived during his service. After he was discharged he continued his education at the Wharton School of Business and began a career in accounting and financial management in Boston.
In the early 1960s he moved his family back to Maine and they settled in Yarmouth. Together he and Anne raised their five children on Pleasant Street. While in Yarmouth he built a summer camp on Moshier Island and loved to take his grandchildren lobstering on the “HazzBin.”
Hazzard was an accomplished individual and team athlete. He played football and hockey at Gardiner and at Bowdoin. He was a highly ranked New England runner in his age group through his 40s and 50s, running the Boston Marathon twice and completing many others. He loved the friendly competition of doubles and mixed doubles tennis at Maine Pines.
More recently Hazzard got into competitive swimming and made the pages of Sports Illustrated last year at the age of 79 by setting several age group records at the New England Masters swimming event in Cambridge, Mass. He swam at the same event just a few weeks ago, despite the advancing stages of his illness.
Hazzard is survived by his wife, Anne; children Rob and his wife, Mary, Pete and his wife, Susan, Jim and his wife, Pat, Will and his wife, Karen and Molly and her husband, Jon; several grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A service will be held on June 8 at 2 p.m. at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, followed by a reception at Bowdoin College’s Moulton Union from 3-5 p.m.