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Rick Haseltine

ORRINGTON and BANGOR - Richard "Rick" R. Haseltine, 64, passed away as the result of an accident at his home Nov. 30, 2013. Rick was born March 8, 1949, the first son of Virginia Pearson and Richard S. Haseltine.

He was a graduate of Brewer High School, class of '67 and the University of Maine. Rick was born into an extraordinary time in the music industry on both a national and local level. With an interest in the guitar starting at a very early age and an absolute passion for the Ventures and Surfer music, he was teaching by the age of 14 at Viner Music in Bangor. In his first band, The Torquays, he earned his first professional income, five dollars. He was thrilled. It was as a high school senior he was approached by the Barracudas to be their lead guitarist and it was the beginning of a lifelong brotherhood with Tommy Gass, Denny Bouchard, Bear Rolsky and Robie Robichaud that spanned the rest of his life. The Barracudas became The Early Train and with the emergence of the 70s and after a stint with Windsong, in 1974 Rick married Cyndi Simpson. Rick, Cyndi and Skippy went on the road for the next six months, touring the east coast with MacTavish. After returning to Maine, Rick joined Harvest. As the years passed along with his personal musical direction, Rick played with many other bands: Paragon, Glyder, The Dogs, The Shoes, and Jump City Jazz. Through it all, when he could have a somewhat regular schedule, he came back to teaching, from his home on Lane Street to local studios and his final home at Northern Kingdom where he has taught for the past 27 years. Rick loved teaching, loved feeling a part of his student's successes, and there have been many. He was so honored to write letters of recommendation for students who were going on to the likes of Boston's Berklee College of Music. It gave him tremendous gratification.

Rick was predeceased by his father, Richard S. Haseltine. Rick is survived by his mother, Virginia Haseltine; his brother, Scott and wife, Nancy D'Agostino; niece, Carrie Patterson and her husband, Jason, and their children, Moriah and Jacob; and his loving wife, best friend and companion for the past 40 plus years, Cynthia "Cyndi" Simpson who fell in love with him at the first sound of his voice.

A celebration of Rick's life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Interment will be in the spring with the ashes of his beloved dogs, Skippy, Mugsy, Chip, and Ernie. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through - See more at:

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