Obituary: Christopher “Chris” Hood – CentralMaine.com


Christopher “Chris” Hood

BENTON – On the beautiful sunny day of Jan. 6, 2022 we said our final goodbyes to Christopher “Chris” Hood. Although we are sad that he is not with us anymore we celebrate that he finished his race well with courage and perseverance. Many who knew Chris, knew of the multitude of medical issues he fought for the last several years. Though he had many tough days, he never stopped fighting to live. Even until the last day, he refused to give up, believing God would heal him. And although to the human eye it did not appear God answered, we know God was faithful to his son by giving him constant strength and courage. He lived daily by the scripture verse his wife gave him, Psalm 118:17 “I will not die, but live and proclaim what the Lord has done.”He was born to Vernal Hood Jr. and Sylvia (Hodsdon) Hood in Waterville, Maine, on Aug. 30, 1958. He was educated in the Fairfield school system and worked at Cianbro, Scott and S.D. Warren. Chris’ passion was to teach – archery, hunting, fishing and carpentry, especially to his nephews, and grandchildren. He tried to encourage others to discover their potential. He told many stories of adventures he had with his father and best friend Joe Boucher in his many years in the boy scouts from hiking the Appalachian Trail to camping and learning how to cook over the fire, especially his famous peach cobbler in the dutch oven. Chris was always proud of being a boy scout which was the foundation for his life. If anyone went fishing or hunting with Chris, you would know he truly lived out the boy scout motto “Be Prepared” to the chagrin of his wife or grandsons as they lugged his many tackle boxes. Chris loved being outdoors, hunting or fishing. He opened the first indoor archery range in the state of Maine, which he ran with his son Troy and ran a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program. He was the second Eagle Scout in Benton and chief in “The Order of the Arrow” at Bomazeen.He started “Craftsmen for Christ” carpentry ministry building wheelchair ramps and other carpentry needs at no charge. His favorite times were trips to camp in Oakfield, Maine with his wife, children, grandchildren, nephews, and especially his dad. There were many stories shared about “The $77 hole”. He enjoyed working at Unity Raceway and watching his nephews and brother-in law race. He helped build Temple Academy/Calvary Temple, and was the videographer for the T.V. ministry. His most recent passion was photography, winning several ribbons at local fairs. He and his wife took many rides looking for things to photograph, especially sunsets. He also attended New Beginnings Church. Chris truly loved his wife Jean of 45 years (highschool sweethearts since 1972), his son Troy and his daughter Crystal . He truly enjoyed shooting guns, hunting, and fishing with his family. His son and daughter heard many times “five more minutes”, and “one more cast”.Also, his grandchildren always looked forward to his many creative bedtime stories! Knowing time was nearing the end, Chris and Jean made it their goal to have a “bucket list summer” which included a family vacation at Lake Timoney in Oakfield, a weekend in Epping watching the drag races, taking pictures of the planes at the Owls Head Airshow, taking his granddaughters senior pictures, among many other things. His list of accomplishments far outnumber what is listed here and the lives he touched are too many to count.Chris is survived by his wife Jean Hood of Benton, SonTroy Hood and partner Dawn, daughter Crystal Stone and husband Joe. Father Vernal Hood Jr and wife Anne, Sister Sherry Fernald and husband George. Grandchildren Quentin Hood; Alli Hotham; Lydia, Hunter, Gunner Bussell; Isabelle Cuningham; Cassidy Bussell; and great grandchildren. In-laws Pat, Rose, Lee and Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Also by his adopted mom Carla Mayhew and Aunty Rowena. Predeceased by his beloved mother Sylvia A Hood and grandson Owen.A special thank you to his nurse friends; you know who you are! We would love to list all the friends and family that touched his life but there is not enough room.A celebration of life will be held at New Beginings Chuch, Waterville, January 22, 2022 at 1 p.m.Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04976.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sportsman Alliance of Maine 205 Church Hill Road, Augusta, Maine 04330. which provides free hunting and fishing licenses to youth.

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