Picture a Memorable Gift For Library

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In Memory of Richard C. Fitts

1927 - 2005

Atlantic News, Friday, October 14, 2005

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]
"HIAWATHA IN THE FOREST"
PICTURE PERFECT -- Beth Bessemer and daughter Olivia take a look at the Hiawatha picture now hanging in the Children's Room of the Lane Memorial Library. The pictured was donated to the library by Hampton resident Charlotte Fitts, in memory of her late husband, Dick.
[Atlantic News Courtesy Photo by John M. Holman]

Special to the Atlantic News

HAMPTON -- A framed picture has been donated to the Children’s Room of the Lane Memorial Library in memory of the late Richard C. “Dick” Fitts, by his wife, Charlotte.

It is suggested that the picture is based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem “Hiawatha,” and shows him among the wild animals in the forest. This picture was one of Dick's favorites.

Dick was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Thurston) Fitts, and was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brookline High School in 1947.

Dick took up the printing trade in high school, and continued that vocation working for local newspaper publishers. He later founded Richard C. Fitts Aluminum Products. He was a familiar face to many Hampton residents as he installed vinyl siding, doors and windows in the area for 40 years. He was proud to be a call firefighter on the Hampton fire department from 1955-70.

Dick Fitts died on Thursday, August 25 at his home. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. {View Dick's obituary}.

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