Philip B. Hatch, Jr. ’56

Sterling, MA – Philip B. Hatch Jr. 82, of Portland passed away peacefully on December 16, 2017 at his daughter’s house in Massachusetts.

He was born in Portland, ME on October 30, 1935 the son of Philip B. and Phyllis (Crangle) Hatch Sr. He graduated from Portland High School and Maine Maritime Academy before entering the U.S. Navy. He married his wife Adeline Aceto on April 21, 1957 and together they raised their family of four.

Philip retired from the US Navy after 23 years as a Lt. Commander and served a 13 month tour with Marines during Vietnam. While in the Navy he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal; Bronze Star (with Combat V); Air Medal (4 Awards), Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnamese Honor Medal 1St class; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Unit); and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon (with clasp). After his retirement he served as Assistant Director of Probation and Parole for the State of Maine. He was a very active member of St. Joseph’s Church as Director of RCIA for several years and as a communicant, he served on the Board of Directors for the Hall of Fame at Portland High School and for Milestone in Portland. While in the Navy he also founded Dry Dock 29 at the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. With all of his achievements however his proudest moments and biggest accomplishments came with his family as he dedicated every minute of his life to them.

He is survived by his children Dan and his wife Lisa Hatch of Westbrook and his daughter Margie and her husband Mike Pallotta of Sterling, MA; his grandchildren Danielle, Maria, Theresa, Angela, Monica, Patricia, and Regina Pallotta and Ryan, Margaret, Michael, and Matthew Hatch; 3 great grandchildren Arianna and Connor Pallotta and Adeline Hatch; siblings Lenny Hatch of Gorham, Margie Hatch of Auburn, Mary Lou Moore of New York, and Kenny and his wife Cindy Hatch of Florida. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife Adeline, as well as two children Tony and Patricia Hatch.

The family would like to invite you to share your condolences or stories during visiting hours on Wednesday December 20th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St, Portland 207-775-3763. Public prayers will be held on Thursday December 21st at 12:00pm and a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Church on Stevens Ave at 1:00pm. Committal will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with Military Honors.