Terry M. Hire

Feb 06, 2020
Terry Hire

Lincolnville — Terry Mitchell Hire, 70, of Lincolnville died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born in Goodlettsville, Tenn. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Arts 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; 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 longtime 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 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 named 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 can be seen in Belfast, Lincolnville and Rockport.

For the last 15 years he 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 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 will be a memorial service followed by a reception at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut St., Camden, with the Rev. Adam Kohlstrom officiating.

Memorial gifts in Terry’s memory may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators at https:/www.wycliffe.org/; the Music Ministry, c/o Chestnut Street Baptist Church; or to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at ipffoundation.org/donate.

Condolences and memories may be shared at longfuneralhomecamden. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.

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