Hubert L. “Budd” Sloat Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire, formerly of Montclair, died peacefully on Dec. 8, 2021, at Riverside Rest Home with his family by his side. He was 94. 

Mr. Sloat was born in 1927 in Montclair, the son of Hubert L. Sr. and Theodora Scrivener Sloat. 

After graduation and several attempts to enlist in the Army, he was accepted and eventually became a sergeant in the transportation corps.  He was stationed in Berlin from 1951 to 1954. 

After the Army, he lived in California with his wife and son.  

During Mr. Sloat’s childhood, he fell in love with Damariscotta, Maine, while summering there with his family. As time went on and family dynamics changed, he returned to his beloved Maine in 1983, settling in Washington.  

He worked different small jobs, but his main work was cutting wood.  He was a dedicated soldier, avid reader, romantic poet, good friend to all he met and accomplished woodsman who collected volumes of books and a room full of typewriters.  

He was an integral part of making the new library in Washington a reality and volunteered in the Gibbs Library after it opened.  

Mr. Sloat moved to Dover to be closer to family but yearned to get back to Maine.  He was always willing to listen and compare thoughts and ideas to make a better world for everyone.  His mantra was “Read, think, talk and decide.”

He is survived by his son, Andrew (Kim), of California, their six children and eight grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and great-grand-nieces and -grand-nephews.

Mr. Sloat was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Peter, and his sisters, Audrey Stehlin and Linda Ward.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Please email Stephanie at s.eno@comcast.net for details.  

A military graveside service will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Montclair, at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 1.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington, ME 04574.

Arrangements were by Purdy Funeral Service, of Dover.