William “Bill” Ludolph Hodgkins

Northeast Harbor

William “Bill” Ludolph Hodgkins, 71, died peacefully on Jan. 19, 2022, at Woodlands Senior Living Center in Rockland after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born Jan. 19, 1951, in Bangor, the son of Earl L. and Martha (Page) Hodgkins.

Bill was educated at Orrington Schools in Orrington, Brewer High in Brewer and graduated from Newburg Free Academy in Newburg, N.Y., in 1969. While in New York he earned his pilot’s license in 1968. Bill graduated in 1974 from the University of Maine with a BS in education. In 1981, he received an associate degree and FFC licenses from Washington County Vocational/Technical Institute.

Bill was a teacher at the K-8 Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island. He also taught at several other schools including the seventh and eighth grade and later fifth grade at Mount Desert Elementary School. Bill returned in later years as a groundskeeper/custodian at the Mount Desert Elementary School.

After teaching, Bill was an electronics technician who owned and operated Curved Tree Communications/Hodgkins Marine for 33 years. Bill also worked as assistant to the harbormaster in Northeast Harbor.

In the early years Bill was involved with Boy Scout Troop 44, Orrington, and went from Bobcat to Eagle Scout. He was a ham radio operator, WB0YSU.

Bill served as treasurer of the Audubon Society in Southwest Harbor, a board member at the Mount Desert Nursery School and a member of the Northeast Harbor Fire Company and Northeast Harbor Fire Rescue Association, where Bill was a trained EMT; Bill also served as their treasurer for years. Bill enjoyed sports and was the score/timekeeper for the following: soccer, basketball, baseball (MDES) and softball (adult women’s and co-ed leagues). Bill dearly loved his time keeping time/score at the Great Harbor Shootout every year.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Parnell Hodgkins, of Northeast Harbor; daughter Elean J. Mitchell and husband, John, of Bass Harbor; his three sons Christopher L. Hodgkins of Frenchboro, Daniel A. Hodgkins and wife, Mary Buffler, of Trenton and Corey J. Hodgkins and wife, Katie, of Ellsworth; his sister Ann Rice and husband, Richard, and family in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Florida; and grandchildren Jake and Ryan Mitchell, Hannah and Heidi Hodgkins and Braden and Caspar Hodgkins. He was predeceased by his parents.

Services will be announced in the spring with burial at Forest Hill in Northeast Harbor.

Those who desire may make contributions in Bill’s memory to the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 122, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, the Mount Desert Fire Rescue Department or the Mount Desert Police Department, P.O. Box 248, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.

Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.


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