BAR HARBOR – Leon William Hubbard “HUB”, 74, of Bar Harbor, died March 18, 2014, in Zephyrhills, Fla. He was born Oct. 18, 1939, in San Diego, the son of Clair Leon Pinney and Helen Mary (Rief) Pinney. After his father was killed in California, his mother Helen, remarried Frederick Hubbard from Bar Harbor. He was raised in Bar Harbor by Helen and Frederick Hubbard, until he lost his mother in 1950 and continued to be raised by Frederick. In 1958, “HUB” married the love of his life Grace Pinkham.
“HUB” is survived by his wife, Grace Pinkham Hubbard; daughters, Deborah Suter, Sherri Coopersmith and husband, Jack, and Leanne Pacheco and husband, Eric; sons, Leon Hubbard Jr. and wife, Sonja, and Loren Hubbard and wife, Shawn Porter; grandchildren, Justin Gray, SarahAnn Coopersmith, Alec and Carissa Pacheco, Brennan and Ella Hubbard, Brody and Cole Hubbard; great-grandchildren, Kaya and Gavin Gray; and several cousins in California.
He was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, he attended St. Edward’s Catholic School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Mount St. Charles, and graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1958.
He started his working career with The Great A & P Tea Co. He moved to a larger store in Brewer where he was Assistant Manager. In 1975, he returned to Bar Harbor to open The H & H Supermarket, with Hank Marino. The store allowed him to share his Maine charm with many island residents and visitors to MDI. After he closed the H & H he worked at Don’s Shop and Save until 1998. In 2000, he and Grace divided their time between Betmar Park, Zephyrhills, Fla., and their home in Bar Harbor. HUB felt he “had the best of both worlds” when he retired. He helped Loren at Little Village Gifts/Hub’s Hobbies for 22 years. He will be missed by the wonderful folks he befriended over the years.
His love of sports shaped his many bonds (and rivalries…) with the residents of MDI. Athletic awards from Bar Harbor High School, co-captain of football team and basketball teams in 1958. He played all sports in his days at Bar Harbor High School. He was a Volunteer Fireman, involved in youth sports in Bar Harbor, President and Board member of the YMCA, member of the MDI Rotary Club and helped organize the first Pancake Breakfast on July Fourth. HUB was involved with the founding of the MDI High School Sports Booster Club and the Lighting Committee.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Leon Hubbard, MDI Youth Sports Fund, care of The First, 102 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Attention: Heidi Dorr.
A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Bar Harbor to be announced at a later date.