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Clement A. Hutchins (Hutch) died peacefully at home on November 25 with his family by his side, he was 95 years old. Growing up in rural Maine gave him a great appreciation for the outdoors and fueled his lifelong love for adventure. He was an avid hiker and cyclist traveling throughout five continents on foot, bike and the occasional boat or car with his second wife, Peggy (VanEtten) Hutchins. He was an accomplished hunter and angler; and loved to organize family hikes in the White Mountains, ski in the Rockies, play tennis, or relax with a book by the waters of Lake Winnipesauke or Tufts Pond. He lived in seven different states but was a true New Englander, with the accent to prove it, spending most of his adult life in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
A skilled engineer and a veteran of the Second World War, he believed that life should be lived to its fullest. He was always willing to host a party, and had a way of finding humor in difficult situations. He was a prolific reader and could debate on nearly any topic. Yet he was also fiercely loyal to his family and friends, and found his own ways to support and encourage everyone whose life he touched. He instilled a strong love of nature and adventure in not only his children, but his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well.
He is survived by his brother, Deane Hutchins of Camden, Maine; as well as his five children, Harold Hutchins of Haverhill, Mass., Patricia Hutchins of Concord, N.H., Myles Hutchins of Vassalboro, Maine, Scott Hutchins of Fryeburg, Maine, and Tammy Rioux of Boxford, Mass.; and his 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who carry on his love for adventure living in New England, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Alaska and New Zealand. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis; his second wife, Peggy; and his sister, Martha Schelling.
Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held December 9 at St. Peter's Church in Londonderry, N.H., at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129, or via their website www.outdoors.org/tribute. All donations will go to the New Hampshire Chapter.
Published on  December 3, 2017
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