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Retired SSG. William T. Hitchmoth, 78, entered into eternal rest with his family by his side at his Methuen, MA, home on August 12, 2017. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War who spent 21 years in the U.S. Army and was awarded the prestigious Army Meritorious service medal, along with many others, before retiring in 1982 with full honors.
He was born on November 24, 1938 in Methuen, MA, to Dorothy Morris and Harry Hitchmoth, both of Methuen, MA. He joined the United States Army in 1962, and served three tours in Vietnam to include the Tet Offensive as part of the 25th Infantry Division, Tropic Lightening. He married his wife of 48 years, Camille Bonanno, in 1969 and together they had four children, who they raised while traveling the world, spanning three continents and four states. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the DAV. He was very proud of his military service and his life exemplified Army values; Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
After his military service, he worked at Merrimack College from 1983 until he retired in 1994. SSG. Hitchmoth was a brave and loyal soldier, as well as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He spent his retirement years enjoying his family, bowling and golfing with “the guys”, scratching lottery tickets, and visiting casinos before succumbing to a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Camille of Methuen, longtime owner of Salon 110, his daughter, Dorothy and her husband Barry Wigger of New London, N.H. his son, William of Methuen; his daughter, Amy of Methuen; his son Peter and his wife, Hayley of Stratham, N.H.; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Kyle, David, Sophie, Julia, Cooper and Coraline; his sisters and their spouses, Dorothy and her husband, William Bonanno, Linda Kurek, Nancy Heenan and her husband, Rick, Gayle Eames and her husband, Morgan (Skip) and Pamela Hitchmoth; his brother, James Rau; his sisters in-law, Eileen Giordano and her husband Larry, and Barbara Bonanno-Frascone; his brothers in-law, Michael Bonanno, Charles Bonanno, Robert Bonanno, his Godchild, Mary Lou Rau Richards and many loving, nieces, nephews, cousins, and life-long friends.
He was preceded by his sisters in-law, Rita Bonanno, Anna Bonanno, Mary Bonanno, Elaine Bonanno, Mary Ann Bonanno, Mildred Bonanno and his brothers-in-law, Clement and Rocco Bonanno and Thomas Frascone.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. Lucy’s Church, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to St. Lucy’s Parish in Methuen. For directions or to send condolences please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on  August 14, 2017
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