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BRUNSWICK — Clarence Emery Hilyard, Sr., 88, died Oct. 14 at the VA Medical Center in Augusta following a long illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Fort Fairfield, a son of Daniel Thomas and Elvira Mae (Emery) Hilyard. He attended schools in Fort Fairfield and graduated from Fort Fairfield High School.
Hilyard served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during World War II.
He was employed for many years as a supervisor for Henkels & McCoy in Pennsylvania. Among his accomplishments, he created a computer program to estimate job costs for fiber optic networks used in hospitals, universities and other enterprises. He retired in 1994.
Hilyard was a Master Maine Guide and an avid outdoorsman. He and his wife, Glenda, owned and operated Katahdin Lake Camps in Millinocket from 1965 to 1970. The years he spent there gave him and his family lasting memories that have reverberated through the generations.
He was predeceased by his first wife Glenda Irene (Doughty) Hilyard; sisters Betty, Dawn Horton and Mary O. Look; and a brother, Daniel Thomas Hilyard, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Cecelia E. (Flick) Hilyard of Bowdoin; two sons, Clarence E. Hilyard, Jr., of West Cumberland and David F. Hilyard, of Actos, Calif.; two daughters, Judith E. Hilyard, of Ashland, Ore., and Wanda M. (Hilyard) Gonzalez and her husband, Gilbert, of San Antonio; a step-son, Laurence Ross, of Mapleton; two step-daughters, Elizabeth Basinet, of Brunswick, and Julie Arsenault, of North Yarmouth; a sister, Elsie Gardner, of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Ralph D. Look, of Addison; and 19 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and a large extended family.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Beals Island Wesleyan Church, followed by burial at Church Street Cemetery in Addison.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Brunswick Chapter, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Brunswick, ME 04011.
Arrangements are through Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.
Clarence Emery Hilyard