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Dane Hobbs left his mark with many in Wilmington

A homeless man who passed away on Tuesday left his mark here in Wilmington. Since Dane Hobbs died this week, we have received numerous e-mails and calls from viewers telling us what an impact Hobbs had on our community. Folks said Hobbs was often seen walking up and down Market Street and Gordon Road in Ogden. To the public, he was known as Santa because of his long white beard. Residents we spoke with said he touched their hearts. “He represented different things to different people, but to me I always thought he looked like Jesus, what I think Jesus would look like if he was on Earth today," said Wilmington’s Faye Manore. New Hanover County deputies found his body behind two vacant homes near Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road. They are still investigating how Hobbs died.

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Dane Hobbs

Isn't it amazing how a man who no one really knew or understood touched so many people and was loved by so many. I will certainly miss seeing him sitting at the old car wash by El Ogden, or crossing Market street, or even saying hello in passing at Food lion. I wish that I had taken the time to meet him. He was and is, a free soul. We will certainly never forget him.


I met Dane about 7 years ago when he was living behind Bojangles on College Rd. I hooked him up with cigs and some Bojangles. My roommate and I saw him traveling around so often that we began to track him by putting dots on a map on our refrigerator every time we saw him. I later moved to Ogden and apparently he did as well because I saw him often over the next several years. I will miss seeing you Dane, I always envied your freedom. RIP :(

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Dane Hobbs may you rest in peace! You will be missed in the Odgen community!