Julian H. Hatch, 84: A man of numerous talents

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BATH — Julian H. Hatch, 84, died Oct. 25 after a short illness. He was born in Chicago on June 4, 1928, the son of Irving Norman Hatch and Ruth Frances Colby. He attended schools in Gloucester, Mass., graduating from Gloucester High School with the class of 1946.

Hatch joined the merchant marine in 1943 and later the U.S. Coast Guard, in which he attained the rank of chief warrant officer before retiring in 1958. He then worked for the town of Gloucester as the director of public works. Subsequently, he was employed by Gorton’s Seafood and retired from there as vice president.

He married Dale Ann Norris and she predeceased him. In 1992, he married Marion Gray, who predeceased him in 2008.

After his retirement he moved to Newmarket, N.H., and in 1995 relocated to Maine.

On March 11, 2009, he married Barbara Boyland. They enjoyed travels to Europe, cruises on the New England coast, and winter trips to Florida. Hatch enjoyed many pasttimes as a mariner, an artist, a clockmaker who repaired and restored antique clocks, and a  history buff.

Hatch was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the National Association of Marine Surveyors, the American Boat and Yacht Council, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Maine Maritime Museum and the Down East Yacht Club.

Surviving are his wife Barbara, of Bath; his brother, Norman Hatch, of Alexandria, Va; stepchildren Eric J. Forsbergh, of Reston, Va., James S. Gray, of Whitefish, Mont., Natalie C. Gray. of Harrodsburg, Ky, and Deborah Ann Marsh and Lasca S. Boyland, both of Bath.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Homes, Bath.

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