Terence P. Hubka | The Bridgton News

Terry Hubka

Terence P. Hubka (Terry), 76, of Bridgton, passed away on July 13, 2022, at Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering two successive hemorrhagic strokes. He died peacefully and was surrounded by love.

Terry was born on April 9, 1946, in Danville, Pa., the son of Eugene and Martha (Reed) Hubka, both of whom predeceased him.

Terry grew up in Plainfield, N.J., and attended local schools. He graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., in 1969 where he majored in geology. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in 1971.

It was in his high school Spanish class that Terry met his wife of 52 years, Mary (Scheckman) Hubka when he cheated off of her on a test. They began to date in December 1962 and were married seven years later on December 28, 1969. Ironically, Mary became a Spanish teacher and Terry never again had to worry about mastering Spanish.

Athletics came quite naturally to Terry as he wrestled and played football in both high school and college. He always minimized his successes but if prodded a bit, would share a few wrestling pins or the rare touchdown he made while playing defensive end.

After finishing grad school, he and Mary moved to Lewisburg, Pa. It was there that Terry began his lifelong career in carpentry. He began working for a local contractor and soon started his own business, working in the homes of his former professors. This was the foundation of a highly reputable contracting business, Hubka Construction, Inc., that was Terry’s creation and life’s work.

Their stay in Pennsylvania lasted only a year, after which time Terry and Mary moved to their forever home in Bridgton, Maine. They recently celebrated 50 years on Hub’s Farm on May 1, 2022. This is where Terry’s passion for farming grew to be realized. He worked in his garden from sun-up to sun- down and grew enough vegetables and fruit for his family. He generously shared the surplus with friends and neighbors. Folks driving by their home would stop in admiration of his garden and often got out to chat. Terry willingly shared his time with them but never bragged about his work. Terry felt at one with the earth and often planted certain vegetables simply because he liked to watch them grow.

Terry was a faithful practitioner of yoga, and developed his own hour-long morning practice of stretches and poses that culminated in a headstand. He was grateful for all of his yoga instructors over the years that encouraged him in his daily practice. It was a time of peace for him and kept his body limber as he aged.

Reading was another favorite pastime, especially the New York Times. Initially he spent at least an hour every morning in Beth’s Café with the paper edition and then more recently switched to the digital format over breakfast in his own home. Terry’s favorite book of all time was Richard Halliburton’sBook of Marvels. He would recommend it to anyone he knew. Politics was also of particular interest to him and he would discuss current affairs with anyone if given the chance. He loved reading National Geographic and their History magazine to “travel” to places across the globe.

His adventurous spirit resulted in many trips for Terry and Mary to Spain, France and Mexico. Terry’s most favorite city was Paris and he had plans to return there in October with his wife. He also fell in love with Oaxaca, Mexico and visited there many times. He loved going to museums and art galleries in every foreign city and trying the local delicacies in restaurants. He could never eat too much French bread or French onion soup! Terry was the best tour guide ever and every day traveling with him was full of excitement and wonder.

He was also a very talented artist and painted many works in oil from photographs. He adored the works of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters and took several art classes that helped him learn to paint in that style. Many of his paintings adorn the walls of his home.

Terry felt most at home in the midst of nature. He loved the trees, rocks, mountains and sky. He taught his daughters the names of all the trees on their property, the different kinds of rock formations and the constellations in the night sky. Vacation time involved hiking and camping adventures in the White Mountains and National Parks in Utah, New Mexico and Colorado.

He was a kind and gentle soul with a very quiet demeanor. Nonetheless, Terry had a great sense of humor and when he laughed, it was hard not to laugh with him. He was dearly loved by his family and taught his daughters so much about independence, resourcefulness and hard work. This was a man who never complained and tackled all projects with determination, patience and follow through. He never hesitated to help others. His legacy is certainly visible in all the homes he built or remodeled, his paintings, the home in which he lived and the garden and grounds of his cherished farm.

Terry is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Sarah Plummer (husband Paul), his daughter Rachel Hubka and four grandchildren, Cameron and Zoe Plummer and Daniel and Thomas Jaronczyk. He is also survived by his identical twin brother Thomas Hubka (wife Judith Kenny) and his sister Nancy Hofmann (husband David). In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law Janet West (husband John) and brother-in- law Stephen Scheckman (wife Mary). He had ten nieces and nephews and many cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved cat Betty.

A celebration of life honoring Terry will be held in the fall.

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