Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rev. Dr. Harold "Hal" Williams Tucker Jr.
June 24, 1936 - March 26, 2013

Rev. Dr. Harold "Hal" Williams Tucker Jr., 76, of Wiscasset, died March 26 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick surrounded by his family.

He was born in Millville, N.J. on June 24, 1936, a son of Harold W. Sr. and Katherine (Buck) Tucker.

Hal moved at a young age to Taunton, Mass. where he attended grammar school and graduated from Providence Country Day School in 1954. He graduated from Bowdoin College with his Bachelor's Degree in 1958. He went on to Bangor Theological Seminary, graduating in 1961 with his Master's Degree, and then received his Doctoral Degree from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind.

He served churches of the Phippsburg Parish while at Bowdoin College and pastored at Durham Friends Meeting while at the Bangor Seminary. He was ordained into Christian Ministry of the U.C.C. at Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell in 1961 while serving that church. He went on to serve U.C.C. churches in Florida and Indiana. In 1985 he returned to Maine, serving United Churches of Christ in Wiscasset, Waldoboro, Winslow and The Sheepscott Community Church.

Hal was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Indy racing, all professional and college sports especially professional golf and the Bowdoin College Polar Bear Football Team.

He was predeceased by one granddaughter, Chelsea T. Hodous.

He is survived by his wife, Bettina Smith Tucker of Wiscasset; sons, Harold W. Tucker III and wife Sylvia Farrin of Topsham and Todd M. Tucker and wife Kristine L. of Seattle, Wash.; daughters, Tracy H. Buck and husband Mark of Indianapolis, Ind. and Kimberly T. Hodous and husband Robert G. of Fayetteville, Ark.; brother, Nelson James Tucker and wife Susan of Deland, Fla.; sister, Katherine V. Tucker of York; stepsons, Christopher D. Reed of Portland and Matthew S. Reed of Boston, Mass.; grandchildren, Erin M. Buck, Amy L. Haneline and husband Chad, all of Indianapolis, Ind., Lindsay T. Hodous, Alexandra T. Hodous, Robert T. Hodous and Jordan T. Giacalone, all of Fayetteville, Ark., and Lucia L.Y. Tucker and Willa M. M. Tucker, both of Seattle, Wash.; first wife, Hermia Morse Tucker of Topsham; and many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life 11 a.m., Sat., March 30 at the First Congregational Church of Wiscasset, U.C.C. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the church fellowship hall. Burial will be at Chamberlain Cemetery in Bristol at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sheepscott Community Church, 8 The King's Highway, Newcastle, ME 04553.