Harold W. Moulton Jr., 70: More than constructing homes, he built community

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YARMOUTH — Harold “Butch” Wesley Moulton Jr., 70, of Yarmouth, died unexpectedly March 5 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

He was born March 12, 1944, in Portland, one of three sons of Louise (Clukey) and Harold Moulton. He attended local schools and graduated in 1963 from Yarmouth High School. There, he lettered in five sports and was voted the “most athletic” of his classmates.

Moulton went on to attend the University of Southern Maine, where he received a B.S. degree in education. While at USM, he continued to demonstrate his athletic talent, and he would later be inducted into the USM Sports Hall of Fame.

Despite his 6-foot-4-inch stature, Moulton was often known as “the Big Teddy Bear” because of his soft-spoken, kind and gentle nature. He readily gave the benefit of the doubt to all, generously gave the gift of his trust, and lived life confident in whom he was.

In February 1968, Moulton married his high-school sweetheart, Rosemary O’Brien, and together they raised two daughters. Moulton fondly referred to the women in his life as “my three girls.”

After working in Worcester, Massachusetts, Moulton returned with his family to Maine and began working in construction with his father-in-law. Eventually, he would own the business. He went on to help develop many local neighborhoods and build over 500 houses in the Yarmouth area.

He loved to help young couples find their dream homes, and to be of service to the community in which he took great pride. Participating in the Lions Club was very important to him, and he was instrumental in developing the North Road athletic fields and having lights installed at Yarmouth’s older recreation facilities.

Moulton spent much of his time outdoors, whether he was working, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, fiddlehead-picking or simply enjoying time with his family.

He was predeceased by his father and by his brother, Thomas Moulton.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosemary Moulton; his daughters, Ellen Moulton Merrill, and Melissa Black and husband, Dustin Black; his grandchildren, Gabriel and Wesley Merrill, Isabelle and Maxwell Gilbert, and Cooper and Piper Black; his mother, Louise Standley; his brother, Edward “Chip” Moulton; and several nieces and nephews. Many of his surviving family members are residents of Yarmouth.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, in Yarmouth. 

For those who wish, donations may be made in Moulton’s memory to the Autism Society of Maine, 72B Main Street, Winthrop, ME 04364, or to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.

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