SOUTHWEST HARBOR and JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Thelma Gwendolyn (Bracy) Hinckley, wife of the late Henry R. Hinckley, the founder of The Henry R. Hinckley Co. in Southwest Harbor, died Aug. 17, 2005, in Juno Beach, Fla. Gwen was born Dec. 21, 1913, in Portland, the daughter of Ervin Grant Bracy and Margaret (Williams) Bracy. The influenza pandemic of 1919 brought the death of her mother, and an infant twin brother. Because her father’s work with Socony Mobil kept him away from home, she spent much of her early life, from the age of six, with her Williams relatives in Salmon Creek, New Brunswick. Her high school years were spent in Southwest Harbor with her father’s family. On Jan. 16, 1934, in Portland, Gwen married, Henry R. Hinckley II, of Southwest Harbor, and Northampton, Mass. Henry and Gwen made their first home in Bar Harbor, later moving to Southwest Harbor to be nearer to their business, The Henry R. Hinckley Company. As the Hinckley Boatyard thrived, so did their young family. The busy young mother of five, played a very active role in the growing of family and business. With few hotels and restaurants available, Gwen’s home and hearth were always open to clients, friends, and tradesmen. A roast beef in the oven, or lobsters in the pot, all were welcome. Gwen’s open friendly disposition and quick sense of humor won her many friends in the local and yachting communities. Sharing bed and board with the Hinckley family, many yacht owners would come to consider themselves bona fide members of the Hinckley family. In the late 50’s, Henry and Gwen began to spend most of the year in Florida, first settling in Fort Lauderdale, then later in North Palm Beach at Old Port Cove. Gwen took special pleasure watching the yachting activities beneath the window of their fourth floor condominium. As it became increasingly difficult for her to maintain her home, she relocated to an apartment in the assisted living community at The Waterford in Juno Beach. Affectionately called Mama Gwen, she is survived by three sons, Robert L. Hinckley, and his wife, Tina, of Southwest Harbor and Wellington, Fla., Edward W. Hinckley and his wife, Tessie, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Henry R. Hinckley III and his wife, Theo, of Southwest Harbor; two daughters, Ann H. Levy and her husband, Melvin, of Wellington, Fla., and Jane H. Hosack of Wellington, Fla.; and 15 grandchildren, Cindy Oliva Andrews, Jill Hinckley Spaulding, Bryan B. Hosack, Benjamin B. Hinckley III, Edward B. Hinckley, George L. Hinckley, Elizabeth H. Foregger, Carol H. DeLacey. Benjamin Oliva, Julie Hinckley, Katherine H. McCleddand, Samuel Hinckley, Amanda H. Jacobs, Sarah Hinckley, and Nathanial Hinckley; as well as 10 great-grandchildren. Gwen was predeceased by her parents; her husband in 1980; and grandson, Daniel Oliva, in 1993. She is also survived by her brother, Roland Bracy of Portland, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held later this summer in Southwest Harbor. Gifts in her memory can be made to the Wendell Gilley Museum, P.O. Box 254, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or to Hospice By The Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.