Laurin James Hickey, 85, long-time owner operator of Young & Hickey Western Auto in Lincolnville, died at his home on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, after a long battle with dementia. Born in Mexico, Maine, on April 24, 1933, he was the son of Thomas A. and Thelma G. Hickey. He married Joan A. Touchette on October 11, 1952, in Mexico, Maine.

At the age of 15, Laurin went to work at Western Auto in Rumford, continuing there until he entered the Army where he served for two years. Having demonstrated leadership skills through his employment at Western Auto, in 1961 the boss discovered an opportunity for Laurin to operate his own store in Camden, along with a business partner, Norman Young. Operating the store in Camden for 26 years was a family affair, including Joan, their daughter, Melody and son, Dan. When the Camden Town Office wanted to expand their administrative office into the store area, the Hickey family moved the business to Lincolnville, which is now managed by son, Dan and his wife, Susan.

Laurin enjoyed working on his tractor, maintaining his 50 acres of land in Lincolnville. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and street rods, and could fix just about anything for himself or his many loyal customers. He enjoyed snowmobiling, square dancing and spending time at the family camp on Coleman Pond.

Laurin was a former member of the Camden Lion’s Club, where he served as King Lion in 1967/1968. He helped keep the star on Mt. Battie lit at Christmastime for many years. He had been a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, in Camden.

Surviving family members include his wife of 65 years, Joan T. Hickey; son, Dan and wife, Susan Hickey, all of Lincolnville; daughter, Melody Croes of Davilla, Texas; three grandchildren: Clover Davis, of Stephenville, Texas, Benjamin Croes and wife, Rebecca, of Arlington,Texas and Dustin Hickey and wife, Eliza Carrera, of Washington, D.C.; six great-grandchildren: Alissa, Logan, Jacob, Maggie, Marin and Mia; a brother, Lawrence J. Hickey and wife, Mary Ann, of Marblehead, Ohio; a sister, Norreen Fernands, of Searsport and several nieces and nephews. Laurin was predeceased by two sisters and one brother.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Camden Lions Club.

A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Hickey family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.