Loring R. Hildred, age 96, of Newton, former longtime Merrimac resident, died peacefully Thurs., June 3, 2010, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.
Born in Somerville, MA, on August 29, 1913, he was the son of the late Reginald D. and Olive (Wood) Hildred. Loring, or Larry as he was known, began his career as an automotive mechanic and electrician. He worked at the Boston Naval Shipyard as a machinist doing modification and installation of ordnance equipment, underwater sound, radar, and missile systems aboard WWII warships. He was a missile inspector at Raytheon Company, employed by the US Air Force.
He took many courses throughout his 17 years at the defense department and received numerous awards, including the prestigious Silver Snoopy award for contributions to the Apollo Program from astronaut Frank Borman in 1969. He was a member of the Engineering Society of New England, the Air Force M.R.B., and the Bethany Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Merrimac for more than 50 years. He was also a volunteer with the North Reading Fire Department. Larry retired from work in 1973.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife Veronica “Vera” (Millett) Hildred who died in 1995, sister Dorice Hildred, son Frederic Hildred, and grandchildren Shawn Waterhouse, Richie Silva, Barry Silva, and Lori (Hildred) Johnson.
He is survived by a son, Loring Hildred, Jr. of White Plains, AL, and three daughters Jacqueline Silva (Victor) of Newton, Carole Stevens (James) of Sun Lakes, AZ; and Virginia Sargent of Haverhill, MA. He is additionally survived by 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Larry had a wonderful sense of humor and loved being with his family and friends. He had an incredible zest for life and will be truly missed.
A memorial service for relatives and friends was held on June 12, at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, Amesbury, MA, followed by interment in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Larry’s memory be made to Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA, 01950, or to your favorite charity.
Published on  June 17, 2010