Melbourne Resident Robert I. Hatch Dies

By  //  February 24, 2012

Richard I. Hatch



Richard I. Hatch, 80, of Melbourne, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. He went peacefully, surrounded by family in Hospice Care in Rockledge, FL. “Dick” was born in Worcester, MA, the son of Gordon and Della (Hennessey) Hatch, and lived in Westborough, MA until moving in 1988 to Melbourne, FL.  He graduated in 1949 from Westborough High School and in 1964 from Worcester Junior College.

Dick also served in the U.S. Air Force for two years. Upon his return, he began working for Johnson Steel and Wire Company. He was selected to attend courses at Worcester Polytechnical Institute School of Industrial Management, where he earned a certificate leading to an increased role and level of responsibility. After retiring from Johnson Steel, he worked for the Department of Public Works in the Water Department for the town of Westborough.

He was married to Nancy (Howard) Hatch, in 1956, and had two sons. Besides Nancy, he leaves behind his sons, David and his wife, Dawn of Garden Ridge, TX, and Douglas and his wife, Dorothy of Grafton, MA. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Olivia and Abigail Hatch; and two step-grandchildren, Michael Ashley and his wife, Jessica, and Colton Chapman. He is also survived by his brother, George Hatch and his wife Virginia, of Wells, ME.

The family wishes to thank the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods in Rockledge, FL, for their wonderful and loving care they provided during his time with them.

In lieu of flowers, they request that donations be made to the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care, 661 Eyster Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955.

An 11 a.m. memorial service will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the church Dick loved, Georgianna United Methodist Church, 3925 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL.   At a later date, final interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough, MA.

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