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Nicholas J. Hemeon

Nicholas J. Hemeon,  82, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at Golden Living Center in Gloucester on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Born in Ipswich, he was the son of the late Joshua and Maude (ne Burnham) Hemeon. He grew up in Beverly, and attended school in Essex. During the years of the Korean Conflict he served an enlistment in the U.S. Army. Following his Honorable Discharge, Nick continued his lifelong passion of boatbuilding, a craft he began at the age of twelve. He built his first lobster boat in 1953, and throughout the years he  designed and built many half and full models.  During his lifetime, Nick built over thirty lobster boats. Hemeon models are well known along the New England Coast with  many of his boats still  operation today.

In addition to his  career in  boatbuilding, Nick was a self-employed lobster fisherman. Throughout his lifetime, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and flying small aircraft.

He is survived by his former wife, Barbara Hemeon of Essex, four sons, Ronald A. Hemeon and his wife, Margaret of Essex, Richard H. Hemeon of Gloucester, Russell W. Hemeon and his wife Cindy , Steven N. Hemeon and his companion Anne Babson of Ipswich; four grandchildren, Alexis Hemeon of Austin, TX, Liam Hemeon and  Jennifer Hemeon both of Essex, Command Senior Chief Craig Cole, U.S. Navy, SanDiego, CA and four great grandchildren, Donovan and MacKenzie Cole and Trenten and Abygayle Whittemore.

His funeral service with Military Honors will be held 10 am Monday, July 6, 2015 graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St, Essex, MA 01929.

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