(Photo: The Lion's Roar Yearbook, 1967 edition)
Robert Clifton Hodgkins, Jr.
(Reference: Published in The Brattleboro Reformer, 14 July 2005)
Mr. Hodgkins was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Springfield, the son of the late Robert C. Hodgkins and the late Margaret McConnell Hodgkins.
He grew up in Northampton and attended Taft School in Connecticut and graduated from Northampton High School in 1959.
He attended Clemson University, majoring in engineering and architecture. He interrupted his college career to serve in the Army from 1962 to 1968, during which time he completed Ranger School and Drill Sergeant's Academy. He was a small arms instructor at Fort Lee, VA, and Fort Dix, NJ, and received his honorable discharge in 1968 as a sergeant.
He graduated from Windham College in Putney, VT, in 1967 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He continued his studies at the Boston Architectural Center from 1970 to 1972, including completing the program in historic preservation at Colonial Williamsburg, VA.
During his professional career commencing in 1971, he was a restoration architect and construction project manager for Haldeman & Goransson Assciates, Inc., Boston, Hampshire Construction Co., Inc., Hatfield, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield; and Forish Construction Co., Inc., Westfield. He served as clerk of the works for the cities and towns of Chicopee, Greenfield, Montague, Northampton, Athol and Holyoke until his retirement in 2004.
He was also a mathematics teacher in 1968 at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland.
Mr. Hodgkins was an associate commissioner of the Narthampton Historical Commission from 1974 to 1976. From 1977 to the present, he was a member of the Old Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department, serving as the department's fire inspector.
He is a past member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Associates, the National Rifle Association, Connecticut Gun Guild and the Sixth Massachusetts Continentals, a colonial reenactment group.
He enjoyed gunsmithing, target shooting, collecting and restoring old Volkswagens and outdoor activities.
Mr. Hodgskins is survived by his wife of 31 years, Pamela Tosi Hodgkins, of Deerfield.
Mr. and Mrs. Hodgkins were married in the seaside village of Cohasset, where they now have their summer residence. They have resided in the village of Old Deerfield since 1974. Recently, Mr. and Mrs. Hodgkins purchased a vacation home in Whitingham, VT.
He is survived by two sons, Robert C. Hodgkins III of Chesterfield, NH, and Knowlton James Hodgkins of Deerfield; and a daughter, Merry Hodgkins Belval and her husband Darryl E. Belval of Whitingham; a brother, Thomas C. Hodgkins and his wife Susan of Williamsburg, MA; two nephews; a niece; and several cousins.
Mr. Hodgkins was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild this fall.
Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Villlage Hill Cemetery, Village Hill Road, Williamsburg, with the Rev. Jim Moore officiating.
Calling hours at WRISLEY FUNERAL HOME, 90 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, are Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday, July 15, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Old Deerfield Fire Department, c/o David Marsh, Treasurer, 82 Old Main St., Deerfield, MA 01342.