John Drake HODDER

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HODDER, John Drake - July 18, 1940 - December 1, 2012 Born in Port Arthur, Ontario to Blanche (Hodder) Mayotte and Stafford Hodder. John was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Although a non-smoker for 40 years, John spent the last year and a half in a pitched battle with lung cancer. John passed away at his home surrounded by his whole family. Although it is correct to say that he died peacefully, he wished to say that he went unwillingly. He disliked platitudes. John is survived by wife Joanne Hodder and children Cydney Hodder (John Chisholm), Samantha Hodder (Colin Salter) and John-Stafford Hodder as well as his sister, Mary Hodder and mother- in-law Madge Snelling. He was also Bapa to five grandchildren, Kolya, Sakura, Lilly, Alden and Scarlett. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to MCDougall & Brown (2900 Kingston Rd., 416-267-4656). The service will be held at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. on Thursday December 6, 2012, at 2 p.m., visitation and music at the church at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Toronto East General Palliative Care Unit.

Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 6, 2012