Hollis “Hoddie” Grindle Dow, 69, passed away unexpectedly June 2, 2019. He was born Nov. 24, 1949, in Bar Harbor, the son of Hollis Grindle and Jacqueline (Gray) Grindle Dow. He moved to Deer Isle as a young boy, when his mother married Elmer S. Dow Jr. (Mike), his adoptive father. He graduated from Stonington High School in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where met and married Belinda (Racine) Dow. They had a son, Hollis Grindle Dow Jr. After an honorable discharge, he learned welding at Bath Iron Works. He was a Jack-of-all-trades, working as a commercial fisherman, lobsterman and welder between Gloucester, Mass., Rockland and Deer Isle. He loved working on cars, trucks, motorcycles and driving with a need for speed. He was a great conversationalist and acquired a breadth of knowledge having a curious mind, a love of reading and a desire to learn from others. Hoddie was a skilled chess player and gifted wood carver and artist. He loved nature, plants and gardening and was an avid rock hound. He loved animals of all kinds, including many rescue dogs.
He is survived by: his son, Hollis Grindle Dow Jr. of Virginia; a sister, Lisa Dow and her partner Louise Bianchi of Ogunquit; a brother, William “Bill” Grindle and his partner Teresa Davis of Otis; a sister, Pam Holden and her husband, Andy Holden, of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandsons, Hollis Gavin Dow, Ash Hollis Harrison and Roland Hollis Harrison of Virginia; and great-grandchildren Hayden Graham Dow and Hazel Anneliese Dow of Virginia; an aunt, Bea Gray of Bar Harbor and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Jack, Lee and Heather Dow.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Deer Isle. If people wish they can make a donation to the animal shelter of their choice in Hoddie’s memory.