Geologist Avard Hudgins, 79, discovered and promoted mines around the Maritimes
A Nova Scotia geologist and prospector’s days of exploring have ended, leaving a legacy as steadfast and unassuming as the rocks he studied. “My dad had the kindest heart, the warmest smile and face — and neverending questions,” son Lee Hudgins says.
Avard Hudgins is credited with discovering and promoting Maritime mines, several of which ended up employing hundreds of people. “He was a true Nova Scotian, Bluenoser, true Maritimer. He really believed that everything we need is here,” son and once business partner Bruce Hudgins says.
“If there were a few others Avards out here, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about jobs leaving this province, people having to leave this province looking for work.” Avard Hudgins died June 8 from cancer. He was 79.
Hudgins grew up along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy shore in the small fishing village of Margaretsville, northwest of Canadian Forces Base Greenwood.
He’d listened to stories at his father’s general store, and run along beaches catching salmon in pools and attempting to pound copper out of rocks.
He went on to study his masters at Acadia University. He taught geology in high schools and at the University of New Brunswick, before returning to the field.
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