Obituary of Arnold David Hill
Warren- Arnold David Hill, 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2024, surrounded by his family at the Sussman House.
Arnold was born in Warren, ME Jan. 8, 1937, to David J. and Alice C. Miller. He grew up on a farm in Warren, attending Warren schools, and graduated in 1955 as Valedictorian of his class.
Arnold's first job was at Medomak Canning. He cut wood and worked at Bowden Poultry Farm. He then went to work at the Norwood Company Plumbing and Heating, where he learned his trade. He started his own business and after 54 years he retired in 2014.
Arnold spent four years in the National Guard, and nine years in the Army Reserves.
He belongs to the Knights of Pythias, lodge no. 102 in Thomaston, ME.
He joined the Warren Lodge IOOF no. 127 in 1978 and went through the chain. Arnold was a 45-year member of the Warren Lodge. He served as Noble Grand at Warren Lodge in 1981 and 2016.
He belonged to the Grand IOOF of Maine where he was Grand Warden in 1994-95. Deputy Grand Master in 1995-96, and was elected to the Grand Master 1996-97. He was re-elected to Deputy Grand Master in 1998-99 and again Grand Master in 1999-2000. He was Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge on five different occasions and served on several committees as well. He especially enjoyed overseeing the Nursing Scholarship for the Odd Fellows.
The 1999 Warren Annual Report was dedicated to Arnold. He held a seat on the Board of Selectmen from 1984 to 2019 with the exception of one three-year term. He was Chair of the Board in 1986, 1989, and 1993. He held Vice Chair in 1994, 1995, 2004, 2010, and 2011. He also served on the Board of Assessors, Board of Appeals, Cyrus Eaton Scholarship Committee, Warren Scholarship Committee, GRRSM- Joint Board, Town Forrest Committee, and as Town Cemetery-Caretaker/Sexton.
Arnold was proud to have the first dollar he ever earned, carrying it with him for 79 years.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed both deer and moose hunting. He traveled to Portage each fall with his hunting friend Neil Harris, for bird hunting, and in 2005 he tagged a bull moose.
Arnold also enjoyed bowling at Oakland Park Lanes, and dancing at Crystal Falls.
Arnold is survived by his daughters Jan Blackington and her husband Chuck, Barbara Chandler and her partner David and a Daughter-in-law Niva Poland and partner A.J. Walsh. Grandchildren Sara Tourgee and her Husband Matt, Brandon Toler, Larry Toler III and his partner Ariel, Talisman Dyer and Deagen Poland. Great Grandchildren Peregrin Tourgee, Dorian Tourgee, and Lily Toler. Sister-in-law Carlene King, and several nieces and nephews. Judy Nichols was a special friend to Arnold.
Arnold was predeceased by his parents, and his sisters Sylvia York and Freda Hand. His first wife Katharine Bauer, his second wife Mary McConnell, and his son James Hill.
Arnold D., Dad, Bampie was always there to help and came if we needed him without hesitation. At gatherings, he would always have a story or joke to make us laugh.
He enjoyed his daily coffee and friends at Andes.
Friends and Family are invited to a Celebration of Life on February 25th, 1-3 PM at the Warren Odd Fellows Hall. The Odd Fellows will be doing a service followed by refreshments. Feel free to bring stories to share.