EAST ANDOVER – Joel H. Hodsdon, 57, died accidentally on April 1, at his home in East Andover.

He was born in Rumford, on Sept. 6, 1951, the son of Virginia (Merrill) and Keith Hodsdon. He graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1970, and excelled in their ski program. He was a master craftsman as indicated by the log homes he built; starting from the tree, and he restored many homes in the Greenville area.

He owned and ran Tim Pond Sporting Camps in Eustis and later was the caretaker of Chairback Mountain Camps in Greenville. He restored the Octagon Library at Chairback and was very proud of the outcome.

He coached skiing at Sunday River, Squaw Mountain and Shawnee Peak. He returned to the Bethel area as a self-employed contractor. He later became involved in the Gould Academy ski program as a coach and mentored and encouraged every child to become all they could be. He accompanied the Gould Ski team to France as a coach.

He was an avid outdoorsman and a Registered Maine Guide, who loved being in the woods, hunting and fishing; as well as a musician, a sportsman, and a friend. He was loved by many and will be sadly missed by many friends across the state form Stratton, Greenville, Brownville, and the Bethel area. He was always happy to share his knowledge with others and to share hunting and fishing stories.

He is survived by his mother, Virginia Justard and her husband, Gordon, of Rumford; his father, Keith Hodsdon and wife, Norma, of Dover-Foxcroft; daughters, Jennifer Rivers and her husband, Louis, of Attleboro, Mass., and Erica White and her husband, Barry, of Freeport; a son, Tyler Hodsdon of Bryant Pond; grandchildren, Taylor and Colby White, and Emily Rivers; a sister, Brenda Giles and her husband, Robert, of Morristown, Fla.; two brothers, Jeffrey Hodsdon and his wife, Rache,l of Wilton and Tim Hodsdon of Denver, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Allyson R. Hodsdon in 1963.

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