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July 6, 1920 - February 2, 2013
Fred Hodgson of Blue Ridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully in the Whitecourt Hospital at the age of 92 1/2 years.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 66 years, Annie; his three sons, Richard (Shirley), Glenn (Diane) of Sherwood Park and Allen (Penney) of Whitecourt. He also leaves to mourn seven grandchildren, Debra (Harvey) Streu, Sandra Hodgson, Michael (Angela) Hodgson, Tania (Nathan) Kowalski, Jacalyn Hodgson, Laurie (Ross) Lakeman and Jamel Gilchrist; as well as twelve great- grandchildren, Cassandra, Kaylin, Justin, Claire, Christina, Patricia (Nathaniel), Eric, Katie, Elizabeth, Kennedy, Mackenzie, Cara, Brett and Fenix.
Fred was the youngest of a family of eight. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Mary Hodgson; sisters, Nellie, May and Norah; brothers, Richard, Albert, Jim and Edwin.
Fred arrived in Blue Ridge in 1936 on a freight train at the age of 16. After working odd jobs and learning carpentry, he joined the army and served as a signal man on the front lines in WWII. He was one of five brothers serving overseas. Richard and Albert were killed in action. Fred was wounded twice.
Fred provided for his family as a carpenter, bus driver and part-time farmer. He helped build many structures for the surrounding communities and lived with Annie in the family house he built in the fifties, up until a short time before his death.
Fred's family wishes to give a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bablitz and the entire staff at the Whitecourt Hospital for the excellent and dignified care they provided.
At Fred's request, there will be no funeral. Donations in his honor may be given to the Whitecourt Hospital or to the Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Feb. 5, 2013