Terry Hire

Terry Mitchell Hire

Friday, January 31st, 2020
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LINCOLNVILLE................Terry Mitchell Hire, 70, of Lincolnville, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 31, 2020, at Maine Medical Center in Portland from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in
Goodlettsville, TN. He received his BFA in Art History and BA in History from the University of Tennessee. On June 4, 1982, Terry married Dianne Spicer at Vesper Hill Chapel in Rockport.
Prior to moving to Maine in 1981, he lived in Nashville, TN; he was an Interior Designer, working on hospital design, store planning, and private home design. During that time he fell in love with photography and took courses at the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport. It was then he determined that his life was to be in Maine and moved here in 1981. His long-time interest in photography was put on hold during his work as an interior designer at WBRDC Architecture in Bangor until he opened his own firm, Design Alternatives, in Belfast.
Terry served as a past President of the MIDA, the Maine Interior Design Association, and during that time, he enthusiastically participated in petitioning and lobbying the legislature for certification of Designers. He studied in Boston and was awarded as the first Certified Interior Designer in the state of Maine.
Terry designed several prominent shingle-style homes along the coast. His other love was gardening and his garden designs may be seen in Belfast, Lincolnville, and Rockport.
For the last 15 years he has seriously pursued photography; his colorful images are in the hands of many private collectors.
An active member of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden, Terry has served as a Deacon of Worship where his musical and design abilities will be sorely missed. Terry loved his Lord and felt strongly that his family was his church.
Predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Chloe Hire, he is survived by his wife, Dianne S. Hire of Lincolnville, several cousins, and many close friends.
There was a Memorial Service followed by a reception at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut Street, Camden with the Rev. Adam Kohlstrom officiating.
Memorial gifts in Terry’s memory may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translaters https:/; the Music Ministry, c/o Chestnut Street Baptist Church; or to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.longfuneralhomecamden. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.
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    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 1:00pm
    Chestnut Street Baptist Church
    29 Chestnut Street
    CAMDEN, ME 04843
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    Rev. Adam Kohlstrom


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James Huning

Posted at 11:09am
We were truly saddened to learn of Terry's passing. He was a wonderful, optimistic person. He worked closely with us in designing our home on the coast and when we ran into a major problem he spent a full weekend, probably 48 hours, do a re-design that the contractor could use. We will never forget his incredible persistence to make sure our home was the best it could be. We always enjoyed visiting with him and Diane. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. James and Diane Huning

Cynthia Myers Poole

Posted at 06:42pm
Terry was a special friend through high school and college. His artistry in music, poetry and art gave light to his gentle nature. Always a gentleman, I will forever hold him dear to my heart. My sincere condolences. Cynthia M. Poole

Paul and Becky Comeau

Posted at 05:54pm
Paul and I are sorry to hear of Terry’s passing knowing that he will be deeply missed. We remember with gratitude the significant contributions he and you made in the design of Little River Church when it was just a dream on paper. His guiding hand In design and direction in the choices of color and carpet were so important to that little church. But what was also appreciated was the joyful enthusiasm you both brought to us. We thank God for his gift of you at that crucial time. You were truly used of God.
We love Psalm 116:15, “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”
We know the Lord will be close by your side In these days.
Paul and Becky Comeau
Colorado Springs, CO


Posted at 08:41pm
I will truly miss my friend who was taken too soon. I was drawn to his music, his gift of gardening and his love of life. The times I spent with him and Dianne will always be cherished. I will always see his smile coming towards me as his cherished welcome and embrace. I don’t believe I have shed more tears and I will truly miss being there. Dianne, Sheri and I will celebrate his life tomorrow in the Bahamas over a banana split. We love you!!

Pam Holland

Posted at 12:40pm
Dianne: While I've only know you and Terry a few years, it was such an encouragement to me to see your obvious love for one another and for the Lord. Terry was a peacemaker, an encourager, and such an uplifting soul in general. I know you will miss him so much, and we will, too.

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