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In Memory . . . Donald Manning Hinckley

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Donald Manning Hinckley died following an extended illness on October 13, 2008 in Augusta, ME.  He was 88.

Rev. Hinckley was born on April 11, 1920 in Proctor, VT to Percy and Gertrude Hinckley.  He graduated from high school in Windsor, VT, in 1938.  He attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT and graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 1945.  He earned a Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME in 1946.  Mr. Hinckley was ordained in the Universalist Church on June 26, 1946.

Rev. Hinckley’s ministry lasted for 60 years.  He served many congregations throughout the state of Maine, including: Dennysville Edmunds Congregational Church in Dennysville, the First Baptist Church of Belfast, the Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, the First Universalist Church of West Paris, the First Universalist Church of Auburn, the First Church of Houlton, Unitarian Universalist, and All Souls Universalist Church of Oakland.  His congregants at the Unitarian Church in Houlton named him Minister Emeritus in 1988.  He also served the Universalist Church in Worcester, MA.

Active in community affairs, Rev. Hinckley served as a library trustee and president of the Maine Ministers’ Association as well as on school committees for several Maine towns.  He was President of the Board of the Lewiston Auburn Children’s Home and served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Waterville, ME.

He enjoyed music, both performing and listening.  He was a student of the opera and classical music and enjoyed his hobby of hi-fi.  He also enjoyed tennis and played until his 84th year.

Rev. Hinckley is survived by his wife of 29 years, Rosalyn (Ingalls) Hinckley; his daughter, Marsha Donahue Curlew, and her husband, Wayne, of Millinocket and grandson, Taylor Donahue, of Portland; his son, Glenn Hinckley, and his wife, Linda, of West Sumner and granddaughters, Jennifer Waterman, Sarah Hinckley, Hannah Flannery, and Emily Ellis; three great grand-daughters and two great-grandsons.

Also surviving are his stepdaughters, Nell Ingalls of Illinois and Candice (Ingalls) Hinckley of Pennsylvania; a brother, Gerald Hinckley; a sister, Mary Lou Lamphere; his former wife, Barbara Sprague Hinckley of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews.

The family held a private graveside service at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, ME.  Memorial donations may be made to the church or charity of your choice in Reverend Hinckley’s name.  Please send messages of condolence to Rose Hinckley, 19 Manley St., Augusta, ME 04330.

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