Edward Franklin Hobbs, 83, passed peacefully while surrounded by family on March 13, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. He was born on December 8, 1935 in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, the son of Archie and Thelma (Jenkins) Hobbs. Edward worked for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Co. where he learned his trade of welding.
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He became a first-class welder and mechanic for Great Northern Paper Company in the 60’s. He was
married to the love of his life, JoAnne Averill for 51 years, residing in Dover-Foxcroft and Florida; returning to Maine after her death in 2004. In earlier years, Edward enjoyed the outdoors... camping, fishing, hunting, and creating many lasting memories with family and friends. He loved reminiscing at family gatherings, along with
watching sports and westerns on TV. He will be remembered for his wit and kind spirit. Edward leaves behind his eight children: son, Jeffrey Hobbs of Dover-Foxcroft; daughters, Joyce Patterson and husband Bill of Dexter; Pamela Bissonnette and husband George of Shelburne, VT; Deborah Donovan and husband Kevin of St. Petersburg, FL; son, Edward Hobbs of Parkman; son, Andrew Hobbs and wife Susan of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter, Lorinda and husband David of York, PA; son, Kenneth Hobbs and wife Stephanie of Clearwater, FL. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Hobbs; twenty-two grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, JoAnne; a brother, Arthur Hobbs; a grandson, Lenny Bissonnette; and a granddaughter, Rachel Ruth. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.Memorial-Alternatives.com.