Hollis Grindle Dow


Otis - Hollis "Hoddie" Grindle Dow, 69, passed away unexpectedly June 2, 2019. He was born November 24, 1949 in Bar Harbor, the son of Hollis Grindle and Jacqueline (Gray) Grindle Dow. He moved to Deer Isle as a boy, when his mother married Elmer S. Dow Jr. (Mike), his adoptive father. He graduated from Stonington HS in 1968, enlisted in the U.S. Navy where met and married Belinda (Racine) Dow. They had a son, Hollis Grindle Dow Jr. After an honorable discharge, he learned welding at Bath Iron Works. He was a Jack-of-all-Trades, working as a commercial fisherman, lobsterman and welder between Gloucester MA, Rockland ME and Deer Isle. He loved working on cars, trucks, motorcycles and driving with a need for speed. He was a great conversationalist and acquired a breadth of knowledge having a curious mind, a love of reading and a desire to learn from others. Hoddie was a skilled chess player and gifted wood carver and artist. He loved nature, plants and gardening and was an avid rock hound. He loved animals of all kinds, including many rescue dogs.
He is survived by: his son, Hollis Grindle Dow Jr. of Virginia; a sister, Lisa Dow and her partner Louise Bianchi of Ogunquit Me; a brother, William "Bill" Grindle and his partner Teresa Davis of Otis ME; a sister, Pam Holden and her husband Andy Holden of Charlottesville VA; three grandsons, Hollis Gavin Dow, Ash Hollis Harrison and Roland Hollis Harrison of Virginia; and great-grandchildren Hayden Dow and Hazel Dow of Virginia; an aunt, Bea Gray of Bar Harbor and many cousins. Predeceased by his parents and siblings Jack, Lee and Heather Dow.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Deer Isle. If people wish they can make a donation to the animal shelter of their choice in Hoddie's memory.
Published on June 9, 2019
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Roberta Greenlaw Johnson
Jun 13, 2019
My thoughts and prayers with Hoddie's family. He was a friend of my brother Alfred. He will be waiting for you Hoddie, on the other side.
The Crows Nest
Jun 13, 2019
All of Hottie’s friends from the Crows Nest are very sad to hear this news. We send our condolences with a heavy heart.
Donna and Marsden Brewer
Jun 13, 2019
So sorry to see this, we both can’t believe this.I used to get on and off the bus with Hoddie and his siblings and Marsden used to fish with him. Everyone will miss his contagious smile and his fun loving personality.
Lori McAllister
Jun 13, 2019
Deepest sympathy to family and friends, Hoddie has been a long time family friend and will be missed by many!
Margie Carter Davis
Jun 13, 2019
I grew up in So. Deer Isle with Hoddie and his family. We had a lot of fun as kids. Hoddie was endowed with large feet. He decided to ride a tricycle down So. East Hills when he was about 12. He went about 5' down the hill when he got his feet all wound up with the pedals and broke his arm. Many good memories of Hoddie over the years, and I'm sure he will be missed by many.
Ron Hutchinson
Jun 13, 2019
Many memories growing up Condolences to all the family. May you RIP.
Ernie Sittig
Jun 13, 2019
Annette Billings
Jun 13, 2019
Hoddy you will be missed RIP my friend
D J Tardif Jr
Jun 12, 2019
My condolances , 40 yrs Hoddy. Fair winds ...
Lisa Dow
Jun 06, 2019