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Warwick man killed in farm accident identified

WARWICK — The man killed in a farming accident while haying with draft horses Monday afternoon was an Erving man with local roots.

Kenneth M. Hubbard Jr., 77, of 8 Gary St., Erving, was pronounced dead on the scene in an Orange Road field.

Hubbard was haying when his horses were suddenly startled, causing him to fall to the ground, according to Steven Gagne, assistant district attorney. Gagne said Hubbard was dragged a short distance after falling.

Hubbard was known throughout Warwick and well-liked, said Selectboard member Patricia Lemon. Town Coordinator David Young said Hubbard was a man of few words, who carried himself with a comfortable demeanor.

Hubbard’s Belgian draft horses were a fixture of the town’s annual Old Home Days. He and his team gave horse-drawn hayrides around the town center to local children and their families. Hubbard and his horses also rode in many area parades, often towing Warwick’s Selectboard.

Hubbard’s Belgians were stabled in Warwick.

His father, Kenneth M. Hubbard Sr., was a lifelong resident of Warwick. He was born in 1912, and died in 1998. Hubbard’s parents raised him in town, though he later moved to Erving.

Information on Hubbard’s exact cause of death awaits autopsy results, Gagne said.

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