Gorham's Hamblen dies

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Calvin Hamblen

Calvin Hamblen

Calvin Hamblen, a longtime political figure in Gorham, has died, the American Journal learned Tuesday.

Hamblen’s son, Charles Hamblen, said his father died May 15. He was 84.

Hamblen was a certified public accountant, farmer, former legislator and Town Council member. Gorham Town Manager David Cole said Wednesday that Hamblen served on the Town Council for many years, including several as chairman.

“He had the ability to work constructively with other members of the Town Council, even when he disagreed with them, and he had a wonderful sense of humor that people often didn’t see,” Cole said. “I really enjoyed working with him.”

Hamblen’s death has saddened Gorham.

“It’s a great loss to the community,” Town Council Chairman Matthew Robinson said Wednesday. “A really nice guy, he cared about the town.” 

Robinson said he sat next to Hamblen many years on the Town Council.

Town Councilor Ronald Shepard said Tuesday that when Hamblen spoke, “it was relevant.”

Hamblen was educated in Gorham schools and at Northeastern University, according to his Facebook page.

Charles Hamblen said funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 6, at the Hamblen farm in Gorham. An obituary was unavailable by the American Journal deadline Wednesday.