In Memoriam : John Hoyt

John Hoyt John G. Hoyt - age: 87
(March 13, 1936 to June 07, 2023 )
Resident of Lyman, Maine

Visitation Information:
Per his orders, John did not want a service and his family is abiding by his wishes. Arrangements were made by Dennett, Craig & Pate, Saco. Donations may be made in John's memory to the Animal Welfare Society of your choice.

Lyman – John G. Hoyt, 87, of Lyman passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 in RiverRidge Nursing Home in Kennebunk.

John was born in Biddeford to parents Elizabeth and Horace Hoyt on March 13, 1936. He attended Biddeford High School and was co-captain and an outstanding player on the football team. He continued his education at the University of Maine in Orono, received his master’s from Gorham, earned a certificate from Boston University and his Doctorate at Vanderbilt University.

While at the University of Maine in Orono, he married Janet Smith, the mother of his five children. His career in education started in Sebago where he was a teaching principal, worked in Elliot and South Berwick and became an Assistant Superintendent in Winthrop, then went on to SAD55 as Superintendent of Schools for twenty years. John was known for his ability to accomplish projects and for putting the students’ needs first. He had a unique way of approaching problems and was known for his one-liners and sense of humor. John built many schools during his career.

Upon retirement from Sacopee Valley School District, John became the Comptroller at Thornton Academy for the next 15 years and served on the Board of Directors. While he worked there, he made many valued friends.

Upon “really” retiring, he and his second wife Robin lived in Rio Verde, Arizona for 18 years and summered in Maine. John loved playing golf year-round at both Rio Verde and Saco Biddeford Country Club. He took great pleasure in hunting and fishing and was known for his skill in both. He was also a Master Maine Guide for fifty years. In later years, he especially enjoyed taking his boys and grandchildren to Bosebuck Camp for spring fishing. His last year there, it was difficult for him to get around, so the owner of the camps scooped him up in a front-end loader and deposited him on his step-husband’s pontoon boat.
His early career was interrupted by his two Tours of Duty in the early South-East Asian Conflict assigned to the 101 Airborne Division, as Company Commander with the rank of Captain.

John taught in the master’s program at USM, New England College and also Nova University in the doctoral program.

John was predeceased by his sister Margaret Ellen Poulin and her husband Donald, his brother-in-law Robert Goudreau, and his great-granddaughter Paisley.

He is survived by his wife Robin of 32 years, his sons: John (Sarah), Mike (Donna), Dan, Jimmy (Kirsten) and his favorite daughter and loving medical advisor Anne. His sister Catherine Goudreau and his stepson Seth Heald (Mary Anne). John had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wonderful dog and companion, Toby.

He was a member of the Presumpscot Lodge of Masons and the Kora Shrine. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but he will live on in the stories retold by them, and in the laughter that always follows. He was a master storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor.

Bob Gowen - June 27, 2023Contact this person Contact this person
John is a hero of mine.His work was a big part of the transformation of Thornton Academy into the expansive school that it is today.I sat in many meetings with John.He understood the importance of listening and knowing before speaking.To me,he was truly one of a kind.Blessings and love to his family and especially to you,Robin.


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