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Hugh A. Latimer

Hugh A. Latimer

April 11, 1926 - June 14, 2017     Age: 91


Hugh Alfred (Hal) Latimer passed away on Wednesday evening June 14 at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.  He was 91 and a resident of Amelia Island since 1981.

Hal was born to Claude Alfred and Ethel Schwetje Latimer on April 11, 1926, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He grew up in  Mamaroneck, New York and attended college at what is now Virginia Tech.  He put college on hold between 1944‐45 to join the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he returned to Virginia Tech and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He later completed a Master of Business Administration degree in 1992.

Hal joined the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in 1948. There he met and married his wife of 51 years, Alice Marye Finke, who predeceased him. They lived in Richmond, VA; Arlington, VA; Charleston, WV; Chatham, NJ; Barrington, IL; and Buckhannon, WV before settling on Amelia Island.

He served ‘Bell System’ companies for 33 years, retiring in 1981 from Illinois Bell Telephone Company as its Chief Financial Officer. He then served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1981 to 1986 where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 1987, he founded Island Aviation Services which provided fixed base operation services for the Fernandina Municipal Airport for ten years. In 2001, he founded HAL, Inc. to provide tax and accounting services for clients in the Amelia Island Area.

His lifelong passions were aviation, golf, classical music and his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies.

Hal and Alice were active in the churches they attended and he was involved in the building of the Amelia Plantation Chapel. He was also active in the organization of the Amelia Island Club and served as its first president between 1995‐97. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in the 1990’s and again in the 2000’s.

He is survived by his son, Hugh Scot Latimer (Nancy) of Evergreen, Colorado. Another son, Paul Louis Latimer, and Hal’s sister, Viola, predeceased him. He has four granddaughters: Stephanie Latimer of Albuquerque, NM; Anne Latimer of Denver, CO; Carrie Latimer of Denver, CO; and Amanda Latimer of Kenosha, WI.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM in the Amelia Plantation Chapel on Saturday July 15, 2017. Pastor Ted Schroder officiating.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the Amelia Plantation Chapel or the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

6 Condolences

  • Karl deGaris Posted June 16, 2017 9:38 pm

    My condolences to Hal’s family. I worked for Hal in the early 90’s and have to say it was a pleasure to work for and know him. Rest in peace Hal, you will not be forgotten

  • Marie and David Brown Posted June 16, 2017 9:45 pm

    We are so saddened by this news.. Me. Latimer was a great one to have in your corner when it came to taxes and the IRS…..we always enjoyed our yearly meeting and sharing time during the tax season.. He was a wonderful soul and we will forever be grateful to him….we will miss him come next January…Prayers for his family…

  • John and Ruth Allen Posted June 18, 2017 10:26 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Hal’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and also our tax man. We just saw him two months ago and he was talking about all the things he was going to do now that he was retiring. We will miss him and his laughter. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

  • T. Todd Masman Posted July 10, 2017 6:12 am

    I was a student of Dr. Latimer’s at WV Wesleyan College and enjoyed a warm relationship with he and Alice. He was a strong supporter of students and our educational pursuits. May he rest in peace.

  • Phyllis and Herb Coston. Posted July 12, 2017 12:02 pm

    We appreciated HAL when he was our president and visited him each year when we were in Florida. We will miss him. He was a great man.

  • Caroline Best Posted November 20, 2018 9:34 am

    Mr. Latimer was a role model, a gentleman, a devoted husband and a professional business man. I worked for him at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport decades ago and the lessons I learned under his leadership and mentor-ship continue to guide me today. Thank you for being a positive influence and for taking the time to teach a young woman who didn’t know much how to navigate in the professional world. My sincerest condolences to Mr. Latimer’s family and friends, gone but never, ever forgotten.

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