Clifford E. Hodgman, 1925 - 2016

Clifford E. Hodgman, 90, formerly of Lewiston, died Sunday, August 7, 2016, at the Clover Manor in Auburn with is three loving children by his side. He was born on October 23, 1925, in Lewiston, the son of Albert L. and Ruth (Ellis) Hodgman. 

He was educated in the schools of Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School with the Class of ’43. After high school he attended Auburn Maine School of Commerce and studied there until December of 1943 when he entered the Army. 

In the service of his country he served in England, France, Belgium, the Philippines and also with the 8th Army in the occupation of Japan. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the European campaign ribbon (with battle star), Asiatic Pacific campaign ribbon, Philippine Liberation ribbon, the Army of Occupation Medal of Japan, the Victory medal, good conduct medal, and American campaign ribbon.

He was discharged in April of 1946 and later attended the Auburn Maine School of Commerce again. He then became employed with the New England Telephone Co. and later, in April of 1948, he joined the staff of the Lewiston Evening Journal. 

He married the former Frances M. Hall of Bingham, on June 27, 1948, and they made their home on Sabattus St. in Lewiston. She died on November 18, 2006. 

While employed at the Journal he covered several beats including Auburn City Government, Police, and other municipal agencies, and also for many years was the Superior Court reporter for Androscoggin County. He also covered Androscoggin County government. During his years at the paper he served as Assistant City Editor, Editor of Special Publications, and also as Editorial Writer and Editorial Page Editor. He retired in October of 1987 after nearly forty years, during which time he also wrote two columns, “Cliff With a View” and “The County Corner.”

Mr. Hodgman was also a musician and played saxophone and clarinet. He played with a number of dance bands performing both in Maine and New Hampshire. The bands included the Lennie Lizotte Band, George Fenton Band, Cliff Lachance, Carroll Poulin, Al Caron, Steve Stephens, Bobby Warren, Gus Lothrop, Lou Paul and other musical organizations. He also played with the Le Montagnard Band in concerts and parades.

He is survived by three children; Linda L. Ireland and husband Henry of Wales; Brian E. Hodgman and wife Anne of Lewiston; and Laurie A. Hodgman of Lewiston, six grandchildren, Thomas H. Ireland, United States Air Force, Spokane, WA; Brian E. Hodgman, Jr. of Sabattus; Christopher F. Hodgman of Lewiston; Daniel C. Ireland of Lewiston; Patrick R. Hodgman of Newcastle; and James R. Ireland of Auburn; four great-grandchildren, Jacob Hodgman, Lauren Hodgman, and Matilda Hodgman of Lewiston; and Levi Hodgman of Newcastle.

Funeral Notice

HODGMAN, Clifford, 90, formerly of Lewiston, died in Auburn on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Services will be private. Interment, Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Services, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240, or to the charity of your choice. 

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