Hodgson, George

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George Wesley Hodgson

1918 - 2011 

George_Hodgson_sq_bwGeorge__Hodgson_sq_colorIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Hodgson on December 7, 2011 at Salem Personal Care Home, in Winkler, MB. George passed away peacefully with his family by his side. George was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. 

He was a man of many talents, born in the Kaleida district on December 5, 1918, the son of Albert and Henrietta Hodgson. From an early age George worked on the family farm south of Kaleida before enlisting in Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War George was stationed in England during the war and upon return George owned and operated an Imperial Oil gas station Mowbray, MB. This is when George met the love of his life, a young school teacher, Mildred Burnett. It wasn't long and they were inseparable, they married on April 10, 1947 in Winnipeg. Shortly after, they returned to the family farm, just 3 miles south of Kaleida. George was a successful farmer until his retirement in 1979. He drove a school bus (#17) for many years, which he very much enjoyed. Upon retirement George and Mildred spent 21 years of winter months in southern Texas where they made many new friends. George had many hobbies and interests; he was a "jack of all trades" and could manufacture many things. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, and spending time at their cabin at Pelican Lake. He enjoyed watching sports on T.V. His favorite teams were the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Henrietta Hodgson, his sister; Ruth Sadler (Bill), brothers; Ronald (Linda), Russell, brothers-in-law; Lloyd Jackson, Bill Sadler, David Marr, John Tarant, sisters-in-law; Linda Hodgson, Audrey Marr and Eileen Tarant as well as sons-in-law, Ervin Enns and Garry Kestirke. 

George will be sadly missed by his wife of 63 years, Mildred; his six children, Judy Enns of Morden, Maxine (Harvey) Friesen of Morden, Lesley Kestirke of Manitou, Barb (Larry) Klassen of Morden, Don (Elaine) Hodgson of Winnipeg and Gerald (Bonnie) Hodgson of Winnipeg; 21 grandchildren; Lisa, Michelle (Gerald), Steven (Leslie), Jeff, Trevor (Crystal), Shelley, Craig, Kristin (Ryan), Alison, Shelley (Trevor), Sheri (Mike), Bradley, Tanya (Mike), Tara, Tasha, Scott, Chad, Kris (Amanda), Candace (Shawn), Sean (Crystal), and Brittany, also 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He is survived by sister, Mildred Jackson of Brandon and sister-in-law, Evelyn Ross of Saskatoon, SK and many nieces and nephews.

 

The family would like to thank the staff of Salem Home for their wonderful care and understanding towards Dad.

 

A celebration of George's life will be held at St. Andrews United Church in Manitou MB on December 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Anglican Church in Kaleida.

 

Miss Me - But Let Me Go

 

When I come to the end of the road,

And the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom filled room,

Why cry for a soul set free,

Miss me a little - but not too long,

And not with head bowed low,

Remember the love that we once shared,

Miss me - but let me go,

For this is a journey we must go alone,

It's all part of the Master's plan,

A step on the road to home,

When you are lonely and sick of heart,

Go to the Friends we know,

Bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,

Miss me - but let me go.

Poet Unknown

 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements,

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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