PHIPPSBURG — Frederick Mitchell Haggett, 89, died peacefully at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, June 16.
The son of Frederick Hazen and Gladys Haggett, he was born March 6, 1922, in Rockland. His father was a freight train conductor for the Maine Central Railroad, his mother was a housewife. In 1922, the family moved from Rockland to Thornton Heights, South Portland, where he grew up and graduated from South Portland High School, Class of 1940. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years.
Following recruit training, he left Brooklyn Army Base on a troopship taking replacements to Puerto Rico, Panama, Hawaii and the Philippines; he left the ship in Panama to begin a two-year tour of duty at Howard Field in the Canal Zone. In June 1945, he was honorably discharged with the rank of technical sergeant.
He returned home and began attending the University of Maine, Orono. While a student, he met Ada Catherine Minott; they were married in August 1947 in Phippsburg. They took up full-time residence in Phippsburg in 1949 after he graduated with bachelor’s.
In 1950 he began working for the First National Bank of Bath as a teller. When he retired from MNB in 1984, he was the bank’s vice president for purchasing, insurance and security.
He was deeply involved in community and church affairs.
He and Ada enjoyed boating on the Kennebec and nearby coastal areas. He was also well known as a bicyclist, an activity he took up seriously for physical conditioning when he was in his 40s. In 1984, he and a friend went to Fairbanks, Alaska, by car, train and ferry, then rode their bicycles down the west coast of Canada to Washington State and across the U.S. back to New England.
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Ada, who died last fall; and his son, Charles M. Haggett, who died at birth in 1955.
He is survived by two sons, Stephen, of Phippsburg and Fredrick, and wife, Karen, of Colorado; two granddaughters, Catherine and Caroline, and fiance, Matthew; and two grandsons, Michael and Fredrick, and wife, Rachel.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday. Burial took place at Morningside Cemetery in Phippsburg.