William F. Hodgins

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BRUNSWICK – William F. Hodgins, 81, of 19 Chickadee Drive, Topsham, died Sunday, July 15, at Mid Coast Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Brewer on Jan. 17, 1926, the son of Winfield and Cecelia Crowley Hodgins. Educated in Houlton schools, he graduated from the University of Maine Orono in 1949.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. On June 25, 1949, he was married to the former Lorraine Malo in Lewiston. After graduating from college, he went to work as a field director for the American Red Cross, serving in many different positions over the years, including a year providing service to the military in Vietnam, as the director of Disaster Services for the St. Louis, Mo., region, and in 1988 retired as CEO of the Greater Boston American Red Cross, based in Needham, Mass.

He had a life-long love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting, but was especially fond of spending time with his family and his dog Guinness at their camp on First Roach Pond in Kokadjo.

Besides his wife of Topsham, he is survived by two sons, Gregory of Manchester, N.H., and Christopher, and wife, Leni, of Nashua, N.H.; a daughter, Laurie, and husband, Larry Brazell, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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