BREWER – Calvin Kenneth Hobert, 86, passed away June 30, 2011, at a Brewer nursing home after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Temple, the son of Kenneth and Margaret "Daisy" (Stevens) Hobert.
Calvin attended school in Temple and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1942. After graduation he worked in the shipyards in Portland for 18 months. In 1943 he was drafted and entered the U.S. Navy, where he served as a fireman and an MP. He received an honorable discharge in April 1946. On May 3, 1947, he married Mavis L. Grant of Farmington. Shortly after that he began his career in the grocery business. He managed stores for Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. – A&P Stores, in Wilton, Farmington, North Conway, N.H., Wolfeboro, N.H, Fryeburg, South Paris, Bethel, Houlton and Bangor. He and Mavis lived 28 years in Brewer and were so happy spending many winters in Zephyrhills, Fla. He was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He never thought that he would see the Red Sox win a World Series in his lifetime, and he was one excited fan when they won in 2004 and 2007. He also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his golf buddies at Pine Hill, Orrington, and Sandy River, West Farmington.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Mavis, in September 1992; his second wife, Mary Louise (Baker) Gabbert, in 2004; a sister, Edithe, at 3 years of age; and in 2009, he lost his best friend and companion, Dottie Crockett. Calvin is survived by his son, Barry Hobert and Jean of Brewer; two grandsons, Todd and Toni Hobert of Elkridge, Md., great-granddaughter, Samantha, and stepgreat-grandson, Chad; and Jason and Stacey Hobert of Brewer and great-granddaughters, Morgan, Madison and McKenzie; a sister, Maxine Russakoff of Skowhegan; nieces, Carole Wilbur of Florida and Janet L’Abbe of Virginia; several great-nieces and great-nephews. He also considered Dottie’s family, especially Michelle "Mickie" and Boyd Batchelder and their children, Parker and Hunter, as his adopted family.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at East Wilton Union Church, 1306 Main St., East Wilton, with the Rev. Steve Parks officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share in conversation and refreshments after the service at East Wilton Union Church. Interment will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. Those who wish to remember Calvin in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at