Obituary for John Ludwig
ROCKLAND – John W. Ludwig, 73, died peacefully, Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.
Born July 31, 1944, in the birthing home at Holmes Street in Rockland, he was the son of Ralph and Barbara Lindsey Ludwig. When he was six years of age, John’s mother remarried and he was raised by his step-father Llewellyn Baines.
John attended Thomaston schools, graduating from Thomaston High School in 1962. Next he furthered his education, attending the National School of Meat Cutters in Toledo, Ohio.
John began his working career in 1964 at the Snyder Brothers Slaughter House in Sutton, Massachusetts while living there with his brother. He worked for many years at several grocery stores serving as meat cutter in each location. He was a smiling face behind the meat counter at Hodes Supermarkets in Worcester, MA, Finest Stores and First National Stores in Rockland, as well as with Paul Barnes in his Thomaston store.
Later John worked food concessions at fairs and events up and down the East Coast. He also had a pizza concession stand with Smokey’s Greatest Shows.
In the fall of 1998 he began working at the Rockland Lodge of Elks, becoming manager there in 2000. Up until this spring, John has organized countless weddings, events, daily lunches, bingo nights and general Elk’s business. After meeting Donald Crudell in 1971 while working at First National, John and Don became partners in the carnival concessions business. Later they continued their friendship working side by side at the Rockland Elks Lodge where Don ran the kitchen. The two have been fast friends and co-workers for many years.
John was a 50 year member of the Rockland Lodge of Elks, a member of the Orient Lodge of Masons, and a long-time volunteer with the Thomaston Fire Department.
John was a good old Maine boy with an incredible work ethic. Even against all odds living in New England, he was a die-hard New York Yankees fan, always with a Yankees cap on his head. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Predeceased by his sister, Kathy Archer in 2007; his niece Lori Ludwig in 2017; he is survived by his brothers, Raymond ‘Buddy’ Ludwig and his wife Helen of Thomaston, George Baines and his wife Dannett of Durham; his nephews, Scott Archer of Rockland, Tom Archer, Mike Archer, Kurt Ludwig all of Thomaston, Edward Ludwig of Naples, FL, Brandon Baines of Japan; a niece Becky Foster of Scarborough; cousins Priscilla Barnes and her husband Paul and Edward Ludwig all of Thomaston; as well as his special friend Donald Crudell and his fiancée Susan White of Rockland. Donald's children, Willow and Nick, held a specail place in John's heart as well.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Rockland Lodge of Elks, 210 Rankin Street, Rockland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elks National Foundation, c/o Rockland Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 983, Rockland, ME 04841.
John will be laid to rest privately at the Village Cemetery, Thomaston.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
Celebration of Life Information
Friday, July 27th, 2018 5:00pm
Rockland Lodge of Elks No 1008
210 Rankin Street