1926 – 2004

VENICE, Fla. – Richard L. Hobbs, 77, of Farmington and North Port, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 31, at Bon Secour Hospital in Venice, where he had been a patient for four weeks.

Born in Farmington, March 11, 1926, he graduated from Farmington High School in 1944, served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, and after returning from active duty worked at the Coca Cola Co. in Farmington. He also owned and operated Dick’s Barbershop for over 40 years.

He married Wilma Kyes in 1947. He attended Hanson’s Barber School in Augusta and worked as a self-employed barber for over 50 years.

He was an active member of the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a head usher and a church trustee for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity Maine Lodge 20 the York Rite Masons, Kora Temple Shrine in Lewiston and the Order of the Eastern Star in Farmington. He was a member of the American Legion Post 28 for 42 years, past president of the Farmington Ski Club, a little league baseball coach, member of the Farmington Historical Society and served as corporator of the Franklin Savings Bank. He was past president of the Maine Barber Board.

He enjoyed gardening fishing with his son, Stephen, golfing, card playing with the Shanghai Group from Maine and Florida, digging clams in Deer Isle and spending time with his six grandchildren, Ruby, Matthew, Joel, Brian, Jeremy and Sarah. Every year for 38 years he enjoyed a spring fishing trip with his son, Stephen. He had also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Wilma, to Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and Alaska.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Wilma Kyes Hobbs; two daughters, Karen Billings and husband, Glenn of Deer Isle and Kathy Hobbs of Barrington, Ill.; son, Stephen R. Hobbs and wife, Barbara of Long Island, N.Y.; brother, Robert C. Hobbs of Farmington; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Joel and Brian Billings, Jeremy and Sarah Koshak and Ruby Hobbs.

He was predeceased by his mother, Georgia Coolidge Hobbs; and father, Roy Hobbs.

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