Wheaton Grenville Hudson Jr.

June 1, 1930January 9, 2021

Wheaton Grenville Hudson Jr. 1930-2021

Cumberland, Maine - Wheaton (Gren) Hudson of Cumberland Center passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Gren was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, on June 1, 1930, to Wheaton and Jessie Hudson. In 1940, the family moved to Freeport where they opened the Hudson Bay Guest House, one of the precursors to the many B&B’s now in Freeport. (At that time, the per-person fee was $1.00 per night!)

Gren attended Freeport schools and graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in Northfield, MA. After attending Brown University, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years. He then enrolled at the University of Maine Orono (UMO), where he studied to be a teacher, graduating with honors (Phi Kappa Phi) in 1958. In 1957, Gren married Elinor Small whom he had met after seeing her photo at her grandparents’ home in Freeport. After graduating from UMO, Gren taught science at Newport High School for two years. The growing Hudson family then moved to Cousin’s Island in Yarmouth where Gren became the 8th grade science teacher in the new Yarmouth Jr./Sr. High School. He was known for his unique style of teaching, and former students still talk about his “Bulletin Board Questions,” which stimulated individual learning. Following his retirement from teaching, Gren mastered the difficult craft of handsewing at L.L. Bean, where he worked for 12 years.

Gren was a gifted athlete. In his youth, he particularly loved baseball and ice hockey. He was named MVP in the Casco Bay Baseball League in 1951 and he played ice hockey at Northfield Mount Hermon and at Brown where he was the starting center on the varsity team. Gren stayed in shape by skating regularly until he was 80. A very competitive golfer, Gren played in MSGA events for 40 years and won multiple club championships at Freeport CC. In 1986 he joined the Val Halla Golf Course where he played daily, rain or shine, with his family and his golfing buddy Norm Smith until mid 2019. Skiing was another activity that Gren shared with his family. As their grandchildren were growing up, Gren and Elinor established a family tradition of winter ski vacations and summer fun and golf at The Balsams in New Hampshire, which they saw as their home away from home. During the summer, when not tending his yard and iris beds, Gren enjoyed family picnics and hotly contested croquet competitions at the Small family cottage on Wolfe’s Neck Point.

Gren’s interest in family history led him to do extensive genealogical research. Last year his grandchildren added to the collection by publishing a book of memories (tributes and photos) for him and Elinor entitled “Poppy, Grammie and Us.”

Gren is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elinor Small Hudson; by his children; Thomas Hudson II (Betsy) of Columbia MD and Portland; Stephen Hudson (Cynthia) of Falmouth; Meredith Koerner (Mark) of Cumberland; and David Hudson (Deb) of Portland; by his granddaughters, Sally Dill, Annie Hudson, Jacquelyn Michaud, Abby Hudson, Megan Hudson, Emily Koerner and Becky Koerner; and two great grandsons.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Captain Thomas Hudson, U.S. Army; and his sister, Lois Aplington. He is survived by his brother, Dr. James Hudson.

At Gren’s request, there will be no service. A private family memorial gathering will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032, or the Val Halla Golf Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 506, Cumberland, Maine 04021. Please visit to sign Gren’s online guest book.


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Wheaton Grenville Hudson Jr.

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Steve Van Blarcom

January 20, 2021

Mr. Hudson was my 7th and 8th grade Science teacher. I remember him well as I enjoyed his teaching style and learned a lot from him. He leaves behind a great legacy for us all.
Steve Van Blarcom

Bob Loomis

January 20, 2021

I never had him as a teacher, but I did hear good things about him throughout my school years. In appreciation for his Naval service to our country, I hope his spirit has smooth seas and blue water to give him solace. "All is well, safely rest...God is nigh"

Richard Leslie

January 18, 2021

Jean and I are so sorry to hear of Gren's passing away. We knew Gren a little through Elinor, whom we worked with at L.L. Bean. We always thoroughly enjoyed our interactions with Gren, a man of integrity, humor and hard work, and we knew that he loved playing golf. Gren and Elinor raised a strong family and we pass our sorrow along to them.

Michelle Garsoe VanVliet

January 17, 2021

Dear Hudson Family,
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Hudson's passing. He was a tough and interesting teacher and I am grateful for his guidance.
Thank you for sharing the interesting details of his full life.

Greg Goodspeed

January 17, 2021

For 30 years Gren set the standard for a well kept yard and lawn in our neighborhood! His ready smile and quick wit will surely be missed. A life well lived..

Norman Smith

January 17, 2021

Gren was the type of person who it is an honor to have known. A gentleman and a true friend. I have many fond memories to look back on from playing golf with him and his family, Elinor used to join us on the 3rd hole so that she would be 2 up when she started, the breakfast group with Carl and Bobby, my grandson in a stroller, and with my dog Murphy. It was always nice to finish on the hole next to his house so we could see his lawn and garden (irisis!) Gren was ready to talk about anything be it teaching, sports, weather, history, or most importantly family. I will always look over at his house when I go by and smile.

John "Jordy" Allyn

January 17, 2021

As I look back at my years in the Yarmouth school system, Mr. Hudson was the one who pushed me the most - likely started when I got a "0" on a big test in 7th grade after leaving the classroom early (for some reason he wasn't in the room yet - he was probably still "printing" tests on the mimeograph machine) for an away soccer game. He called my parents that night to explain why I was getting a zero - they were impressed (not with me..) and so the challenge began. I was fortunate to have him for two years - he would push hard, I would try my best to meet his expectations. Perhaps what I responded to most was the fact that the expectations were clear and fair. Today, my interest in science remains on a solid foundation he built during those two years. For this I am so thankful and sad that I never shared these words directly with him; I always hoped our paths would cross and am sorry I did not make this happen. I remain hopeful that a brief interaction we shared at "Junior High Graduation" acknowledged how thankful I was then and remain now for his teaching/mentorship.

Ann Jo (Larrabee) Jackson

January 15, 2021

Mr. Hudson was my first male teacher as we both entered the brand-new junior high, fall of '61, and a great science teacher. I missed the unit on torque and have never understood it - there is no doubt in my mind that, had I been there, I would understand it today. He was always available for questions, and taught in a delightfully relaxed manner. The fact that I remember his first name fifty years later is testament to his impression on me. To his family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Sandra Bickford

January 15, 2021

Dear Hudson family, Mr. Hudson was one of my favorite teachers! He knew how to make science fun. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Peggy Hall Howard

January 15, 2021

Where do I begin? Mr. Hudson was a great neighbor whom I will remember by a great stone wall that he made. The beautiful lawn that he kept, that some kids used to run across while he was yelling at many memories on Cousins Island. As a teacher what a guy. His teaching was unbelievable. I learned so much.. Yes he was a great man. Memories that will be always in my heart. Condolences to the family, Mrs. Hudson, Tom, Stephen, Merri, and David.