Published 12:58 am Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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COLUMBUS — Henry Hudson Hubbard (Hank), 87, passed away peacefully on May 25 at Tryon Estates in Tryon, North Carolina. 

He was the son of the late Katharine Peirce and Henry Hudson Hubbard. Hank was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He attended Kerby School, Brownell Junior High, and Grosse Pointe High School; all in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. It was at Cornell that he met Marianne Smith and they were married in Old Greenwich, Connecticut on June 20, 1959. They lived in Grosse Pointe Farms and had three children: Henry Hudson Hubbard IV, Katharine Peirce Hubbard and Karen Smith Hubbard (now Jones).

Hank’s business career started when he was five by having chickens and a fresh egg business with his sister, Sally on Muskoka Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. He then moved on to being a Detroit News Carrier and then a camp counselor at Camp Charlevoix. A stint at Hudson Motor Car Company as draftsman before going to Cornell University. Hank joined the J.L. Hudson Company after Cornell in 1958. In 1978, Hank joined McCurdy & Company in Rochester, New York. In 1986, Hank went to Porteous, Mitchell & Braun in Portland, Maine. In 1991, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to become Chief Executive Officer and President of Madigan Brothers. From 1993 to 1997, Hank was a Realtor for County Line Properties in Hinsdale, Illinois. For the next five years, Hank moved to become the Chief Operating Officer of Trimingham Brothers in Hamilton, Bermuda. He then retired in June of 2002 and he and Marianne moved to Tryon, North Carolina to retire and enjoy friends and golf. He and Marianne moved to Tryon Estates in 2012.

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Hank was a member of Tryon’s Congressional Church, Holy Trinity Church (Bermuda), Union Church (Hinsdale, Illinois), St. Bartholomew Church (Yarmouth, Maine), Third Presbyterian Church (Rochester, New York), Fourth Presbyterian Church (Lake Forest, Illinois) and Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI).

Hank was known for his balloon parties on July 5th, lollipop care packages to favorite college students, glass blowing, emceeing the PBS-TV (channel 30) Auction in Toledo, and lecturing at Rochester Institute of Technology and St. Lawrence University. He belonged to the Tryon Country Club, Harbor Beach Resort Association, Mid Ocean Club, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Rochester Country Club, Onwentsia Club, Toledo Club, Toledo Country Club, Country Club of Detroit, Cornell Club of New York, Beth L’Amed, Atmos and Alpha Delta Phi.

Hank is survived by his wife, Marianne Smith Hubbard; son, Henry Hudson Hubbard IV, daughter, Karen Smith Hubbard Jones; sister, Sally Anne Paschal; sister, Martha Cote; and grandchildren: Clare O’Donnell Hubbard, Katharine Peirce Hubbard and Samuel David Hubbard Jones. He was predeceased by their daughter, Katherine Peirce Hubbard, in 1980.

Throughout his life, Hank was an extremely caring man and deeply loved by his friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Tryon Estates Chapel., Columbus.

An online guest register is available at mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com

McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Tryon, NC