Westbrook, Maine — Rick Hautala, formerly of Rockport, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 21. Born on February 3, 1949, he was the son of the late, Matt A. and Winnie M. (Pistenmaa) Hautala.
Rick was a 1966 graduate of Rockport High School, and received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English from the Univeristy of Maine in Orono. Beginning in high school, with a letter to the Editor that was published in Rolling Stone magazine, Rick's professional career was as an author and screenwriter. Choosing to write in the horror story genre, he was a prolific writer, and was well respected and critically acclaimed by reviewers, his readers and his fellow authors. In 2012, he was recognized by his colleagues as recipient of the Bram Stroker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association. Always one who thought "out of the box", his quick wit and unique observations on life were sure to keep people on their toes.
Rick loved Maine and he loved writing, but he loved his family even more; his wife, Holly; and his three sons, Aaron and Jesse, both of Maine, and Matti, of Texas. He is also survived by his sister, Louise Brown; his brother, Bob, and many aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews. He will be missed.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at a later date.