TREMONT – Gary Hodgdon, age 66, passed away unexpectedly at his home, on Jan. 10, 2017. He was born on Oct. 1, 1950, in Bar Harbor. Gary was raised, lived and died in Tremont.
From his beginning until his last breath as a steadfast member of the Backside community, Gary lived for his family and friends. His island childhood saw him as an active athlete and well known character while he was part of Pemetic High School’s graduating class of 1968. College took him, for a short time, to Aroostook State College (UMPI) in Presque Isle. Gary returned to the island and began his adult life working at the dairy in Southwest Harbor in the early ’70s, which led him briefly to dairy school in Wisconsin. Gary also married and started his family during these years. Time saw him through working at the dairy, painting, construction, lobster fishing and farming for the Rockefellers on Bartlett’s Island, as well as raising his own livestock at home, and countless hunting trips. He spent the last decade lobstering with his daughter Amy at the stern. It’s all of those hours spent with his beloved family and friends that will be forever missed by us all. Common sense, strength, calm, integrity, humble, non-judgmental, Gary.
Gary is the son of Lillian Rich Hodgdon of Barnard. Predeceased by his father, Frank Sr., Gary was also predeceased by his beloved brother Frank Jr. (Dinky), his maternal grandparents Les and Elsie Rich (Bass Harbor) and his paternal grandparents John Sr. and Verna Hodgdon (Seal Cove). Gary leaves behind his youngest brother Doug Hodgdon, and his partner, Renee McKenna. Oldest daughter Kimberley Hodgdon Landsman, her husband, James, and their son, Gary’s adored grandson, Baylor Dale. Youngest daughter Amy Hodgdon. Gary’s dear friend and sister-in-law Judy Hodgdon, nephew Leeman and niece Kate. Aunt Betty Wass and cousin Dean Wass. Gary held a place that only he could in the lives of his cherished younger cousins Jason Hodgdon and Travis Stanley, adoring both of their families as well. And his friend Frank Stanley, his wife, Ellen, and their children need also be mentioned. Not a day will go by for any of them without thinking of Gary in some way.
Not to be left out is Gary’s other half, his dog Hiram, whom our family will continue to love and care for in his absence.
The list of cousins and aunts and friends is truly endless, and we validate his light within all of you.
A celebration of life will be held this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Tremont gym. We invite everyone to come and share Gary’s memories.