Lloyd Stanley Hodgkins
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JEFFERSON -- Lloyd Stanley Hodgkins went to be with the Lord on Nov. 29, 2012, while a patient at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
He was born in Jefferson on June 2, 1934, the son of Bryan and Eleanor DuFresne Hodgkins. He was the husband of Peggy Nickless Hodgkins, his wife of 21 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson.
His life, his career and his memory are a source of pride to his surviving family. Lloyd volunteered for military service in 1955 and served three years in the Army Security Agency. After receiving an honorable discharge, he entered Wentworth Institute and graduated with an associate degree in aeronautics. He then became a professional pilot and logged exactly 32,955 flight hours, enjoying about 95% of them. He was a perfectionist regarding time schedules and details. In 1973 Lloyd received recognition from the Navy after being designated as Aircraft Commander in the Navy P3 Orion, the first non-military aviator ever to do so. He later earned instructor and test pilot ratings in that aircraft.
More recently, Lloyd flew for Maine Instrument Flight of Augusta, Medaire Associates of Bangor and Vision Care of Maine, also from Bangor and Presque Isle. He had flown five of Maine's Governors on various occasions as well as several U.S. Senators. He was Olympia Snowe's personal pilot during her first Congressional campaign in 1980.
Lloyd loved the game of baseball and played for several years in the old Knox-Lincoln League for the Waldoboro team. He was also a baseball trivia expert specializing in the years 1940 through 1959 and could hold his own with the best.
Having been raised on the family farm in Jefferson, he had a great love for the land. With the help of the Spear Farm family, he continued its agricultural use. He loved his home and the surrounding grounds, which included immaculate lawns, custom woodpiles, and a five-hole golf course. For many years he hosted the annual 'Hodgkins Hill Country Club' golf tournament.
Lloyd had a Farmall tractor collection which consisted of mint condition models covering the entire letter series from the 1940s and 50s. He took great pride in displaying them for others to enjoy. This collection was recently sold to an Ohio-based collector and will go on tour throughout the U.S.
He was well-known for his pot-bellied pigs, first 'Cicero' and then 'Winston.' They provided hours of enjoyment for him as well as visitors. After their demise, he scaled the pet size down to his pugs, 'Piggy' and 'Monkey Face.'
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Craig Weston 'Rocky' Hodgkins, Captain of the Black Diamond Casino cruise ship out of Port of Palm Beach, Fla., and his wife Lisa of Jefferson, daughter Sandra Robinson, a teacher for special needs students at Westcott Junior High, and her husband Tom of Scarborough, daughter Margo West of Durham, a payroll executive with Bangor Savings Bank; six grandchildren, Courtney and Craig Robinson, Brittany and Katie West and Christina and Luke Hodgkins; brother Tommy (B.T.) Hodgkins of Jefferson, sisters, Mary Staab and Gertrude Hodgkins of Jefferson, sister Adele Suga of Vassalboro; sister-in-law Jean Hodgkins of Brewer; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Weston Hodgkins; and his parents.
Lloyd had recently announced a project to be undertaken in conjunction with the Jefferson Historical Society to develop the 'Stage Coach Watering Well' site on the Hodgkins Hill Road - a road used from the time of the Native Americans as the most direct route from the Rockland area to Augusta. When this project commences in the spring, Lloyd would be pleased if you would volunteer some man-hours in his memory to restore this historically important Jefferson site. To do so, please contact Jefferson Historical Society President, Marilyn Speckmann at 549-5258
Visiting hours will be on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Robert Dorr, will be held at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson on Monday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m., and will be followed by committal at the Hodgkins Hill Burial Ground. You are welcome to share your condolences with the Hodgkins family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waldoboro.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 1, 2012