Mr. Hobby was born in Lynn, MA, the son of Eva and Edgar Hobby. Prior to college, Ed was a hut man at the Zealand Falls and Pinkham Notch AMC huts, and he also completed the hut traverse, hitting all the AMC huts in a 24 hour period. He was in the Air Force ROTC while at the University of New Hampshire. Upon graduation in 1954, he took up his commission serving as a pilot. After retiring from the US Air Force, he spent the next 25 years as a pilot for Eastern Airlines.
He was a long time resident of North Hampton, NH where he was active in many organizations. These included the UNH Parents Association, SU21 School Board, ALPA, Commodore and founding member of the Kittery Point Yacht Club, Pisquatiqua Race committee, the Town of North Hampton Bandstand Committee, and he was an active member of the United Church of Christ. He had a lifelong love of hiking the White Mountains, sailing the coast of Maine, and travelling. He combined his interest in trains and travel by taking many trips with the NMRA. He also spent many hours building a model train replica of 1950’s Franconia Notch.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years Barbara (nee Dustin). He is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Rick) Marooney of Monterrey, MX, Martha (Mark) Freitag of Greenville, SC and Elaine Hobby of Leesburg, VA, 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, brother Russell Hobby, sisters Christine Hobby and Charlotte Morrier and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to The University of New Hampshire Parents Association (Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824-3547) or KPYC Sailing School (328 Portsmouth Ave, New Castle, NH 03854 ).