Portland, ME - Robert Hamilton Hack passed peacefully after a brief illness on August 15, 2018.
Robert Hack was born to Robert Waldo Hack and Ruth Hamilton Hack on April 24, 1926 at the New England Hospital for Women and Children (Now the Dimock Center) in Boston, MA.
Growing up during the Great Depression, he spent his early years living with his older sister Marion in Jamaica Plain. The family moved to Shrewsbury, MA in 1935.
From the age of 2 months, his summers were spent on Cousins Island in Casco Bay off of Yarmouth, Maine surrounded by family and friends.
He enjoyed sports and played football at Shrewsbury High School during the age of leather helmets.
Upon his graduation in 1944, Robert enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 75th Division, 290th Infantry, Company “G.” He spent time in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge as half of a Browning automatic rifle (BAR) team, and after the surrender of Germany, as a clerk in the “Cigarette Camps” around La Havre, France. His job at the time was to switch the movies around the camp. He befriended a dog, Peter, which he managed to smuggle home on board the Queen Mary which had been converted to a troopship for the war. He also had the opportunity to travel to Wales and Switzerland.
After his separation from the Army in 1946 he worked at several different jobs before training to be a printer working with an offset press.
After his parents retired, the whole family decided to relocate permanently to Maine in the early 1950’s. Bob met Mary Hague at Thanksgiving dinner in 1959. After a brief courtship, they were married on February 20, 1960. They built a home next to the family cottage on Cousins Island. They had a son, Robert II, in December 1961, followed by a daughter, Christine, in November 1964.
When Robert’s eyesight began to give him trouble, he found other employment working at Yarmouth Boat Yard and later at Ring’s Marina. During this time he also worked as a volunteer firefighter with Engine 3, located at the firehouse on Cousins Island.
He enjoyed spending time with family. Many summer evenings were spent visiting family and friends when everyone would converge on the island. Bob and his family would spend vacations camping on Moshier Island. One of his favorite activities was to go dig a “mess” of clams. Boats were his big passion. Bob also fished for lobsters and crabs with the small number of traps he had for Christmas dinner which was always lobster and crabmeat salad. He owned many boats and spent as much time as he could out on the waters of Casco Bay.
His beloved wife, Mary, succumbed to breast cancer on August 12, 1988 after 28 years of marriage. He never really learned to live without her. Robert was also predeceased by his sister, Marion Hack in 2008, and his son, Robert II, in 2016. He is survived by his daughter Christine and many cousins.
His daughter Christine will remember him always as a jokester and a prankster, “You had to be wary around him or you could end up in the water when you least expected it. He was always ready with an embarrassing tale or two. The drawn-out syllable of ‘Daaaaaad!’ could be heard frequently in such occasions.”
Christine would like to thank the folks at Maine Medical Center and especially all the caring nurses and staff at Seaside Rehab. I love that you all took such good care of him.
There will be no services per Robert’s request. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.