Richard E. Hastings, 70, died Jan. 26, 2010, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

A lifelong resident of Thomaston, he was born Jan. 12, 1940, a son of Walter O. “Chick” and Dorothy (Cushman) Hastings. He attended Thomaston schools, graduating from Thomaston High School in 1958. With his first wife he had four children, all of whom now live in New Hampshire.

His various places of employment included Clark’s Beverage, Vinal’s Dairy, Bath Iron Works, and for 29 years Bicknell Manufacturing Co. He was a talented woodworker, making many lawn signs and weather vanes. Over the course of 50 years he made a miniature carnival and a circus inspired by the movie “The Greatest Show in Earth.” His fun-loving nature and quick wit endeared him to all whose lives he touched. For several years he was assistant scoutmaster for Troop 214 in Thomaston.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Bernard in 2001; and his beloved cat, Honey.

He is survived by his second wife of 37 years, Marilyn (Siegel) Hastings; his children, Daniel I. Hastings of Wilton, N.H., Debra L. Hastings and her companion William “Boh” Brown, Deidre E. Hastings and her husband, James Come, all of Charlestown, N.H., and Daryl M. Hastings and his wife, Sarah, of East Ackworth, N.H.; his stepchildren, Donald R. Dickinson, Kathleen A. Philbrook and her husband, Donald, all of St. George, Marc S. Dickinson of Warren, Karen E. Willis and her husband, Paul, all of Thomaston, and Cynthia M. Dickinson of New Hampshire; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois H. Jack and her husband, Blaine, of Sanford; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home, 78 Main St. in Thomaston. A private committal service will be held at the Village Cemetery in Thomaston in the spring.

In memory of Richard, donations may be made to the Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice Program, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841; the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841; or a charity of one’s choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through hallbibber@myfairpoint.net. Arrangements are with the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home in Thomaston.