G. Dean's Story
- G. Dean Hoke, 64, passed away November 14, 2017, in Ellsworth. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, on February 4, 1953, the oldest son of George and Mary (Little) Hoke.
He graduated from E. Stroudsburg H.S. in 1971 and Ryder Technical Institute in 1973. Upon graduation, he was employed by RCA in Lancaster, PA. In 1974, after the passing of his Mother, he took over his family's business, "The Village Grocery" in Sciota, PA. In 1975 he married Kathy Schimpf. After selling the business in 1982, Dean and Kathy decided to move to coastal Maine to live and raise their children and settled in Ellsworth in March of 1983. Dean worked at what was then Doug's Shop 'n' Save as the Produce Manager. In 1988 the family moved to Orland and Dean started a stair building company that grew into Dean Hoke Builders.
Throughout his life, Dean felt strongly about civic and community engagement. He loved helping people. He served as a volunteer firefighter and Planning Board member in PA. He was also a member of the planning board in Ellsworth and active in the Chambers of Commerce in both Bucksport and Ellsworth. In 2001 he established the BOTTLE scholarship, awarded annually to a graduating senior from Bucksport High School planning to pursue a career in the building trades or nursing.
At age 21 he became a Master Mason. His Masonic affiliations include: J. Africa Simpson Lodge #628 F & AM, Felicity Lodge #19, AF & AM, Hancock Chapter #19 Royal Arch Masons, Blanquefort Commandery #13, King Solomon's Council #1, Katahdin York Rite College #187, Tamerlane Conclave #4 Red Cross of Constantine, and Anah Shrine. In 2007 he became The Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of ME. Within Anah Shrine he belonged to Wheelers Unit. He was appointed to the Aides Unit and various positions within the Directors Staff. He was a life member the Sunshine Club, Hancock, Aroostook, Waldo, Washington, Bangor-Brewer Shrine clubs. In 2015 he was appointed to the Divan and at the time of his death he was serving as Marshal. He also represented the Anah Shrine on the Board of Governors for the Shiner's Hospital for Children-Boston, an honor he was very proud of.
Dean was the keystone of an extended family whose unity he so valued. He was a devoted and faithful friend to many.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathy; his children, Abby (Bryan), Greg (Barbara), Karrie (Jesse) and an AFS exchange student whose became a son, Matej (Sawyer); eight grandchildren, Dean, Sarah, Scott, Teodor, Ludwik, Lily, Anna and Alexander; and a brother, Mark.
A Masonic Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, followed by a Celebration of Life until 4 p.m. at Lygonia Masonic Lodge, 104 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital of Boston, c/o Anah Temple, 1404 Broadway, Bangor ME 04401 or to the B.O.T.T.L.E Scholarship at Bucksport High School, 102 Broadway, Bucksport ME 04416 or to your Local Food Pantry. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com
Published on  November 16, 2017