Harold O. "Hal" Buzzell

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WATERVILLE -- Harold O. "Hal" Buzzell, 75, of Waterville, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, with his children and devoted wife at his side.

Formerly of Frederick, Md., he was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and hiked the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail at age 62.

He was born in Oakland on Feb. 14, 1932, to the late Harold and Emily (Rossignol) Buzzell. He was a veteran of the Navy. He graduated from the University of Maine and had several successful careers, including assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; president of the Health Industry Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.; and later as a dairy farmer and store owner in Mount Airy, Md. After retiring, he worked as a courier.

Harold is survived by his wife, Janet Coughlin Buzzell of Waterville; two brothers, Harvey Buzzell of Grand Junction, Colo., and Robert Buzzell of Oakland; a sister, Cynthia Buzzell of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; stepmother, Barbara Buzzell of Dixfield; stepbrother, Wayne Buzzell of Wilton; stepsisters, Joyce Pfoh of Sebago and Julie Hall of Dixfield; five children, David Buzzell of Middletown, Md., Debra Buzzell Gritt of Watertown, Conn., Mark Buzzell of Hendersonville, N.C., and Sarah and Meghan Buzzell of Frederick, Md. He was predeceased by another beloved son, Randy.

He also leaves nine devoted grandchildren, Randy Stockbridge, Caitlin Gritt, Emily Buzzell, Kerianne Gritt, Bethany Buzzell, Zachary Buzzell, Patrick Gritt, Patrick Rollman and Jayda Simms; stepson Michael Coughlin; grandsons, David and Philip Coughlin; and great-grandson Pierce Joseph Coughlin.

A memorial service and burial will be held in Cape Elizabeth at a time to be announced. Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Oakland.

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Published in Central Maine on Mar. 10, 2007
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