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James M. Hibbard

July 1, 1932 – Nov. 23, 2015

LEWISTON – James M. Hibbard, co-owner and operator of a well-known Lewiston frozen custard shop, died Monday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital after a brief illness. He was 83.

Born in Niagara Falls, he was a lifelong Lewiston resident. He attended Hobart College and graduated from the University of Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

He began working as a boy at Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard after it was founded by his father in 1939 and still was serving cones as he and his daughter, Kristen Trunzo, celebrated the shop’s 75th anniversary last year. He also was co-owner and operator of Hibbard’s Liquor Store next door on Portage Road.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Hibbard enjoyed fishing, boating and hunting in Colorado and Canada, fishing at Buckhorn and Burleigh Falls in Ontario, and riding four-wheelers and snowmobiling in Zoar Valley. He spent winters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, the Niagara River Anglers Association, the Lewiston Kiwanis Club, Lewiston Moose Lodge 584, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

He also was known for his ability to fix things with duct tape.

His wife, the former Terrelle “Terry” Frazier, died in 2006.

Survivors include three daughters, Kristen Trunzo, Jamie Hibbard-Gibson and Elizabeth “Romey” Schroeder; two sons, Marshall and James Jr.; three step-daughters, Michelle Baker, Deborah Destsino and Diane Tate; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His former wife, Jane Collins Pierce, predeceased him.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets.

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