John D. “Bud” Hodgkins

BAR HARBOR — “A man is measured not so much by his words as he is measured by his actions.” John D. “Bud” Hodgkins, 91, died June 2, 2010 at Mount Desert Island Hospital.

He was born Nov. 1, 1918 in Hulls Cove, the son of John D. and Marcia (Hanscom) Hodgkins. Bud grew up with nine sisters on the family farm in Eden, Maine.


From his father and grandfather, he learned to make a living from the land. Bud graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1935. He enjoyed carpentry, hunting and fishing. He married Elizabeth Hinckley Alley in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 and earned his Purple Heart in Italy with the 350th Infantry, The Blue Devils. He was honorably discharged as staff sergeant.

Bud worked as a journeyman carpenter and kept his union card for 30 years. In 1946, he started lobstering and earned a living from the sea ever after. He skippered his boats, the Jane and the Jane Too, until 1990. Bud got his private pilot’s license in 1965 and enjoyed aviation for the duration of his long life. He used his 1940s-era tail dragger planes, Luscombe and Taylorcrafts, in spotting fish for his commercial fishing operation, Jane Fisheries. His sons, Raymond and Lawrence, were his crew, along with other friends and relatives throughout the years. He was a certified scuba diver in the late sixties. This was helpful in maintaining his moorings and weirs. Despite the odds, he built, maintained and seined his own weirs in De Gregoire Park, Hulls Cove and Bury’s Cove as well as purse-seining other areas around the island, including Ship Harbor and Somes Sound.

Depending on the season, he fished the bays and ocean for tuna, scallops and shrimp. Trawling for halibut was his favorite endeavor. For several summers he took charter groups deep sea fishing for cod, haddock and other ground fish. He also collected dogfish (sand shark) specimens for the MDI Biological Laboratory for several seasons.

In recent years, Bud enjoyed cutting wood and selling it in bundles to campers in order to entertain tourists with salty tales of the ocean and Maine life. Always outspoken, Bud had many interesting takes to tell and he had many fine friends from all walks of life. His favorite song was, “I was the only hell my mother ever raised.”

Bud was preceded to the unknown shore by his son, Raymond in 1990; by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth, in 1994; and by his daughter, Jane (Hodgkins) Power Boschert in 2002.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Cathy Hodgkins of Salisbury Cove, and their children, Stephanie,Dallas, and Byron James and, Kala and great-granddaughter, Eden. He is also survived by his grandson, Joshua Hodgkins and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Ray (and her mother, Mandy Fountaine) of Salisbury Cove; and his granddaughters, Betsy (Power) Corrigan (and her husband David) and great-grandson Lee Gideon Corrigan of Palm City, Fla.; and Beverly (Power) Sneider Darly (and her common-law husband Keith) and great-grandsons, Kyle Sneider and Dillen Darley of Palm City, Fla.; and his daughter, Margaret Hodgkins of Grand Canyon, Ariz and partner Marvin Mason of Williams Az., his sister Evadna Moore of Eden; and many fond nieces and nephews all over the state and the eastern seaboard.

Funeral services were Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, with interment at Mount View Cemetery in Town Hill.

Contributions in Bud’s memory may be made to the Eden Baptist Church, c/o Mary Rush, 919 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor ME 04609.

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