James (Jim/Hobie) Alexander Hobart
Jim Hobart, affectionately known as Hobie, was born on Long Island in 1949 to Al and Helen Hobart. Raised there with his older sister Jeanne, Hobie was a scholar and an athlete who was always kind and well-liked by his peers. He fortunately had not only a love of all sports, particularly basketball and tennis, but also a knack for them, garnering several accolades in high school. He would continue playing and winning his whole life, though you might never know just how often he won -- he was famous for downplaying his victories on the court and focusing on the joy of the game.
Hobie attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) where he continued playing sports, majored in Psychology and forged friendships that lasted the rest of his life. This is also where he met Kathy Walter, his future wife, who shared his love of all things sports related. They married in 1980 and welcomed firstborn daughter Sarah Jane in 1983, then Addie in 1987. Hobie helped raise the girls with those shared values of physical fitness, exercise and sportsmanship. He coached many of their basketball and soccer teams with his signature warm and unassuming demeanor. The Hobart household was always organizing a soccer tournament, playing a tennis match, or participating in a cycle tour at any given time.
Hobie had a long and successful career at the Social Security Administration as a Systems Analyst. Loved and respected by those who worked with and for him, Hobie was known for his quiet leadership, keen sense of fairness and strong work ethic.
You cannot think of Hobie without recognizing his dry and understated sense of humor. Never one to need or seek attention, Hobie still could make almost anyone laugh with his one-liners and quick wit. He knew how to tell a funny story.
Most of all, Hobie was a man full of kindness, integrity and humility. Without broadcasting his acts of service, he faithfully volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 40 years, and lended a helping hand to anyone and everyone in his life who could use it, without even needing to be asked. He was a gentle spirit and faced his journey through Parkinson's Disease with unimaginable dignity and grace. If you knew Hobie, you certainly loved him.
There will be a celebration of Hobie's life in September at Glen Mar Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. Details will be forthcoming.
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