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Roland R. Hitchens, Jr.

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

Comments

Submitted by Dennis Kurre on
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Tina, Words alone cannot adequately express the deep remorse I feel at the loss of my very close friend, Roland. We had such wonderful shared experiences from the Far East to Europe while in the Marine Corps and so many memories of our times the recent past. Of course that includes the infrequent but always wonderful times that you, Roland, Connie & I had whenever we had the opportunity to be together! You have been a remarkable person in "being there for him" during these last years of suffering that he endured but which he so courageously met "head on" and valiantly dealt with in trying his best to win the battles of complications from hip replacement surgery and that devastating melanoma. Unfortunately these battles, like so many things in life, are often unfair but he faced them with the strong positive will and fortitude of a Marine. With you by his side during all of the trials and tribulations of the last several years, he was able to continue to fight beyond all expectations. He was a remarkable individual who enriched the lives of those of us who knew him. He will be greatly missed but always fondly, firmly & positively ensconced in the hearts and minds of those of us with whom he served in the Corps & beyond. Please accept my deepest condolences in sympathy & friendship. Denny

Submitted by Richard Farmer on
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We were so very sorry to learn of Roland's passing. For so many years, he was a great friend and golf buddy at Cavaliers. One of our regrets in moving south was that we were not able to stay as close to him. We always teased him about being tone deaf to the pitch of the golf cart when put in reverse, and we often tried to trick him just to get his reaction and a good laugh. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who loved him. We are there with you all in spirit and prayers. Dottie and Rich Farmer

Submitted by David Breen on
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While we will miss you Rollie, we know you are in a far better place. I will always remember the time spent in Quantico and Okinawa, especially those involving Curtis. The apparel you provided will be proudly worn by your warrior brothers. Rest In Peace Brother in Arms and good friend. SF, Davey

Submitted by Bobby T / Kathi T on
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Dearest Tina, My wife Kathi and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy on your loss of Roland, my mentor, who taught me how to be a professional which eventually resulted in my success in life both family and business. I'm truly sorry that this contact has to come about due to Roland's passing. I've often thought of both of you many, many times hoping to possibly bump into you both somewhere and restart our relationship again. Unfortunately Tina, we will be flying to Minnesota Thursday AM for my sister's 80th birthday - family reunion. I truly wish I could pay my respects before leaving if there were a way. You and Roland when we were together always made me laugh and have fun, you guys were cool. Maybe some time in the near future we can get together, lunch, small bite, libation?, and reminisce those times we had together. Take care, be strong, Semper Fi !!! Our condolences, Bobby T and Kathi T

Submitted by Brittany Amin on
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I am sorry for your loss. Roland seemed like an amazing person who accomplished so many wonderful things. He will definitely be missed. I would like to leave your family a comfort thought from the Bible. At Psalms 55:22 it shares a comforting invitation from God. It shares that he wants us to "throw our burdens" on Him and "he will sustain you". When we face difficult times like grieving a loved one, talking to God in prayer and reading his Word can help us greatly, as well as turning to comfort of our family and friends. My heart and prayers are with you.