JEFFERSON – Lloyd Stanley Hodgkins went to be with the Lord Nov. 29, 2012, while a patient at Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick. He was born June 2, 1934, in Jefferson, son of Bryan and Eleanor DuFresne Hodgkins.
Lloyd was the husband of Peggy Nickless Hodgkins, his wife of 21 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Jefferson. His life, career and 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, Augusta; Medaire Associates, Bangor; and Vision Care of Maine, 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 1940-1959, 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 1950s. 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 Black Diamond Casino cruise ship out of port of Palm Beach, Fla., and wife, Lisa, of Jefferson; daughter, Sandra Robinson, a teacher for special needs students at Westcott Junior High, and 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, both of Jefferson, and Adele Suga of Vassalboro; sister-in-law, Jean Hodgkins of Brewer; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Weston Hodgkins, and parents.
Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at First Baptist Church, Jefferson, officiated by the Rev. Robert Dorr. A committal will be held afterward at Hodgkins Hill Burial Ground. Lloyd had recently announced a project to be undertaken in conjunction with Jefferson Historical Society to develop the “Stage Coach Watering Well” site on 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 207-549-5258. You are welcome to share your condolences with the Hodgkins family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.