BREWER – Frederic Hastings Stetson, 88, died Jan. 13, 2005, at his home in Brewer after experiencing a stroke in November. He was born March 27, 1916, in Bangor, the son of Irving Gay and Eleanor Strickland Stetson. Fred graduated from Bangor High School in 1935 and from the University of Maine in 1939, with a degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Stetson’s professional career began in 1940, as an electrical designer for Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston. In this capacity, he worked on the Manhattan Project. In his later years, he came to regret his involvement with this effort, which so profoundly affected the course of world history. Subsequently, he was employed as an electrical engineer and chief engineer at Eastern Corporation in Brewer. His career culminated with his employment in the pulp and paper division of Chas. T. Main in Boston, Mass. In his role as a project manager, he was instrumental in the expansion of several paper mills in Maine, throughout the United States, Canada, and even in Finland. At his retirement party in 1981, he entertained his colleagues by enumerating the enormous number of chicken sandwiches he had eaten for lunch during his entire career! Fred had a great fondness for the beautiful coastal community of Hancock. Shortly after retiring, he began building a summer cottage there, continuing a family tradition that went back several generations. Until late in his life, he took great delight in sailing the waters of Frenchman Bay and hiking the trails in Acadia National Park. Mr. Stetson was an active community member throughout his life. He assumed leadership positions in several professional engineering organizations, civic organizations, the Hancock Point Village Improvement Society, the First Parish Church in Westwood, Mass., and All Souls Church in Bangor. Throughout his life, Fred was devoted to his family. He delighted in recalling early adventures with his parents and brothers, and took great pride and interest in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. After nearly 58 years of marriage, he was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Marsden Stetson, who died in June, 2003. He is survived by his son, Richard M. Stetson and his wife, Bridget I. Qualey, of Camden; daughter, Charlotte Stetson and her partner, Lesley Straley, of Guilford, Vt.; and daughter, Eleanor Stetson Fairbanks and her husband, Lee Fairbanks, of Beaver Falls, Pa. Four grandchildren also survive, Matthew S. and Jeremy H. Fairbanks, Emily L. Qualey, and Saphrona Q. Stetson. In addition, Fred’s two brothers also survive, they are Robert H. Stetson and William S. Stetson, both of Brewer. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation, memories, and refreshments in the church vestry following the service. There will also be a memorial service at the Hancock Point Chapel in the summer of 2005. The specific date will be announced at a later time. Gifts in Fred’s memory may be made to the All Souls Congregational Church Building Fund, 10 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 or The Frenchman Bay Conservancy P.O. Box 150, Hancock, ME 04640. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.