Roland R. Hitchens, age 77 passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home with his loving wife at his side, after a long and courageous battle against melanoma.
Roland was born on May 26, 1940, the son of Roland Sr. and Nellie Hitchens. He graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield, NJ in 1958 and Syracuse University in 1962, with a degree in advertising. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He was an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1963-1966, serving with the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan and the second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. Upon release, he returned to Wilmington, working in sales with Hessler Outdoor Advertising, where he met his wife, a marriage lasting almost 46 years. In 1992 he and his partner started Delaware Outdoor Advertising, Inc., serving the greater New Castle County area.
Roland was an accomplished racquetball player, enjoyed golf, and target shooting. He was a life member of the 3rd Marine Division Association and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife Kristina Ann (nee Pagano) Hitchens; sister, Nancy Zusi, New Bern, NC, nephews, Kevin and Michael and his beloved Boston Terriers, Jake and Bella.
A committal service will be held on Thursday, July 27th at 2pm at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Cancer Center, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711. MealeyFuneralHomes.com (302) 652-5913