Richard G. Hodge Jr.(1947 - 2014)



Richard G. "Jerry" Hodge, Jr., 67 of Suffield, beloved husband to Paula (Burke) Hodge, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. He was born in New Britain on January 20, 1947, son of the late Richard G. Hodge, Sr. and Helen Elizabeth (Crum) Hodge, and was a graduate of Henry James Memorial High School in Simsbury with the class of 1965. Jerry proudly served as a volunteer fireman in Simsbury as well as East Hartland. He worked for The Hartford for a number of years after high school before moving out west to Phoenix, AZ and later San Diego, CA. After retirement, Jerry returned to Connecticut in the late 80s and met his future wife Paula. The happy couple married in 1995 and shared 18 memorable years together. Jerry will be fondly remembered for his humor and outgoing personality as well as his passion for music and constant humming and singing around the house. His Ovation guitar was a prized possession. He was a member of St. Casimir's Lithuanian Society in Poquonock where he served both as Past President and Secretary. He had a deep love of computers as well as HAM radio and was the Assistant District Emergency Coordinator for ARES CT Region 3 West. He loved music in any form and was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Event Production Group of West Suffield. Many musicians have benefited from his work, and he was very proud of that. Jerry volunteered for several organizations including building a track and running security for the Jim Calhoun ride. He drove the SAG wagon for the Hartford Marathon for many years. In addition to his wife Paula, he is survived by three daughters, Jodi Hodge of Hamden, Jacki (Hodge) Dillenback and her husband Nat of Millers Falls, MA, and Susan E. Hodge of Weymouth, MA; a son, Richard G. Hodge, III of Sarasota, FL; two step-sons, Matthew Young and his wife Jacqueline of San Diego, CA and Michael Young of Enfield; eight grandchildren, Lindsey Murning of New Haven, Kathryn Dillenback of San Diego, Daniel Dillenback and his wife Quincey of Fort Polk, LA, Zachary Ilarraza of Hamden, Brittany Ilarraza of Cordova, AL, Rachael Dillenback of Millers Falls, MA, Brandon Christie of Port Charlotte, FL, and Richard G. Hodge, IV of Hamden; four great-grandchildren, Nyaejah Jones and Dreylin Williams of New Haven, Aiden Dillenback of LA, and Rhiannon Smith of Millers Falls, MA. He also leaves three brothers, Thomas Hodge of Reno, NV, Robert Hodge and his wife Nancy of Simsbury, and William Hodge of Juneau, AK; a nephew, Justin Hodge; and a niece, Ashley Hodge and her sons Adrian and Jayvian Morales. His family will receive friends at Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 10 a.m. with a time of sharing beginning at 12 p.m. Burial will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Suffield at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Fibromyalgia Association, 2121 South Towne Centre Place, Suite 300, Anaheim, CA 92806 or by visiting www.fmaware.org. To send notes of condolence, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.


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Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 28, 2014