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January 8, 2013

Benjamin Franklin Hull III, 71

Norway, Maine — Benjamin Franklin Hull, III, of Norway, Maine, formerly of Rockport, died of liver disease on New Year's Eve at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, Maine. He was 71 years old.

Ben was born on March 26, 1941, in Gloucester, to the late Dorothy Ross Hull and Benjamin F. Hull, Jr. One of only two children, he leaves his sister, Kathryn Heinze, and her husband, Andrew, of Rockport; he also leaves two nieces, Julie Young, of Rockport, and Megan Cucitrone, of Providence, R.I.; and one nephew, Paul Heinze, of North Andover. Ben had four great-nephews and three great-nieces. He also leaves his very dear ex-wife, Anacleta Fitzgerald, of Norway, Maine, and many faithful tried and true friends.

After graduating from Rockport High School in 1959, Ben went on to study mathematics at Boston College, and graduated in 1963. He then spent 30 years programming computers in the Boston area. He started to build his cedar log cabin in Maine in 1973, and became a full time Maine resident in 1990.

Ben had a troubled adolescence, and battled emotional issues all his life. As a youth and as an adult, he "marched to a different drummer", and could be defiant and rebellious, but he was also kind, generous, and honest, and always stood on the side of what was right and just. For years, when he lived in Boston, he edited and distributed "The Boycott Gazette", a newsletter that warned consumers of companies that exploited others for profit.

An inveterate letter-writer, many of us are deeply saddened to think that we will never again find a letter from him in our mailbox. There was no mistaking his letters, with their distinctive hand-writing, and P.S.'s written helter-skelter on the back of the envelope.

Ben loved nature, was from his youth an avid and knowledgable birder, loved music of all kinds, loved people, loved his cat, and loved poetry. He wrote poetry all his life, and In 2010 he proudly published a book of poems entitled "Boston to Maine". All proceeds from its sale went to the Western Foothills Land Trust, to help acquire and preserve land in Maine. He was also an accomplished photographer, composed music, and played piano by ear.

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