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Christopher Standish Hyde

Date of Death: June 2, 2019

Date of Birth: November 4, 1937


POWNAL - Precious Boppa, Grandfather, husband, mentor and friend, Christopher Standish Hyde, 81, died peacefully at his home on June 2, 2019. Chris was born November 4, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Frederick and Floyda (Needham) Hyde. Finishing high school at the age of 15, Chris received a Bachelor of science in physics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, with the assistance of a Ford Foundation Scholarship. Following graduation at age 19, Chris became the director of information technology at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. Chris had lunch with the Board of Directors on his first day of work at Kodak and often quipped that he thought all new employees had lunch with the Board. While in Rochester, he received his Masters in English at the University of Rochester and music at the Eastman School of Music.

In addition to his career at Kodak, he was a published author of three books - A Week Down at Devon, Temple of the Winds, and The Complete Book of Rock Tumbling. Later returning to Philadelphia, Chris enjoyed a long career in public relations and advertising. Chris and his wife, Judith Rigg Hyde, came to Maine in 1979 and stayed in Maine for the rest of his life farming, horsemanship and freelance writing. When Judith was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, Chris personally cared for his sick wife until her death in October of 1996.

Though as a youth, he aspired to be a concert pianist, Chris was well known in Maine for his reviews of classical music and his Classical Beat column in the Maine Sunday Telegram. Only close friends knew of his avocation as a maker of fine jewelry.

Chris had a lifelong love of books, art, music and animals. He lived the last thirty years of his life at his farm in Pownal, Maine, with his loving and devoted wife, Judith Hopkins. A true Renaissance Man, Jud and Chris always loved new adventures traveling to places like Argentina, Quebec, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and were constantly surrounded by friends and family at the farm.

He was predeceased by his brother Anthony Hyde.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Hopkins; his son, Geoffrey Hyde (Lani); sisters, Judith Richardson, Frederica Holkey, and Jennifer Hodgson; stepsons, William Seavey (Erin), Jonathan Winsor (Jennifer), Joshua Winsor (Suzanne), Paul Wheeler (Elizabeth), Timothy Hutchinson (Andrea), and Andrew Hutchinson; and grandchildren, Darby, Ashley, James, Lilly, Jordan, Harrison, Theo, Marilynn, Sadie, Simone, Timothy, Angela, Daniel, and Jennifer.

To honor Chris’ memory, please consider a donation to 240 Strings (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making classical music accessible to Portland, Maine children through free private lessons, in-school workshops, and free public concerts for the entire community.


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