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HODSON: Arthur David “Dave” of Bayfield formerly of Stratford

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On February 4, 2021 @ 10:10 AM In Obituary,Seaforth | 12 Comments

HODSON: Arthur David “Dave” of Bayfield formerly of Stratford

Died peacefully after a brief illness at the Seaforth Long Term Care Home on February 3, 2021 at the age 79. Loving husband of Donna (Agroff) for 59 years. Survived by his mother Mary Hodson of St. Mary’s. Loving father of Susanne (Tony), Peter, Stephen (Jill), and Elicia (Susan). Will be missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Sydney, Levi, Tyson, and Ella and his great grandchildren Jon, Zack, and Ben.

Dave worked as a newspaper printer, had a second career as a mechanic for many years, and enjoyed farming on Pork Road in Stratford. Dave won many trophies, ice car racing, on the lakes around Peterborough and Barrie.

Cremation has taken place; a celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Seaforth (519-527-1390).

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stratford House of Blessing (Food Bank) would be appreciated by the family.

Memories from Susanne:

On February 3rd, 2021, we lost a husband and my father, David Hodson from COVID. He passed peacefully during the early hours of the morning. We all had the chance to say our good bye’s via phone and Facetime. It’s a small blessing as he won’t have to suffer with his dementia any longer though it doesn’t it make it any easier to let him go.
He often regaled us with stories of where he had been and where he had taken my mom out for dinner. Of course, none of these had taken place outside of his mind. Funny, how the mind works in dementia. He loved my mom and it was fortunate that they were both in the same home, my dad in long term care and my mom in retirement. Though this damn COVID prevented visits for the last while.
My dad often would be displaced and not know where he was. I would do the rational thinking and try and get him to see if he could see his bed, his nightside table etc…and no, Dad, you couldn’t be anywhere else than where he was. He would say, “Get me Tony.” Tony says, “Popsy, I put a tracker on your wheelchair when we took you for a walk last week, remember? I know exactly where you are. I will send someone to pick you up.”
I was a little frustrated, saying now my dad is going to be upset waiting for someone to come get him and no one is coming. Nope, Tony knew better.
The next day, my dad says, ” I don’t know what the guy’s name you sent to pick me up, but wow was he strong. He threw me over his shoulder, threw my wheelchair in the truck and put me back into my bed.” It’s memories like these that bring a smile to our faces and remember that even in sadness, there is light.
He was a strict ruler with a heavy hand but he gave the best hugs, made the best farmer fried eggs and stews. And I bet all the grandchildren remember his whisker rubs, we used to get them all the time as kids too. He shall be missed!
He has been cremated and when restrictions lift, we will hold a celebration of life. Trust me there will be cake, as my dad loved cake with his coffee.
Rest easy dad, we all love you!

Condolences for the family of “HODSON: Arthur David “Dave” of Bayfield formerly of Stratford”

Condolence from Jean collier on February 4th, 2021 12:40 PM

Thank you for sending the message that David had died. I have told members of the family. Time does pass & it doesn’t seem possible that these years have passed so quickly.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences & I send love to all of you.

Condolence from Paul and Sue Robinson on February 4th, 2021 1:14 PM

Donna and Susanne, Peter, Stephen, Elicia and Families. So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Husband/Dad. Enjoy the memories you have gathered with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul and Sue Robinson.

Condolence from Doug Roesner on February 4th, 2021 1:36 PM

I am so sorry for you loss. I have many fond memories of the farm on pork rd and at he home farm for Easter and family reunions. He was a good man. And the will be missed

Condolence from John Hodges on February 4th, 2021 2:24 PM

Thank you for sharing this obituary. Well written, and for those of us who can read between the lines, very factual. Please let us know when the memorial /celebration of life will be. Hopefully when the weather is better for driving.

Condolence from Don Thompson on February 4th, 2021 3:40 PM

Dave was a fine man and a good co worker.
We are sorry that you lost him.
Jeanine and I send our condolences .
Don Thompson

Condolence from Ric and Nancy Benjamin on February 4th, 2021 8:43 PM

To all that mourn the loss of David and there are so many. Please except our deepest sympathies at this very sad time. To have so many cherished memories is such a blessing. Know that we are thinking of you all and holding you in our hearts and thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Ric and Nancy (McKay) Benjamin and Family.

Condolence from Jean and Andy Brownbill on February 5th, 2021 10:24 AM

Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with all of you during this most difficult time. Love Jean and Andy

Condolence from Pamela Austen on February 5th, 2021 1:16 PM

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Donna and the family. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood were of our extended families being together out at the farm every year on Boxing Day.

Condolence from Cheryl Johnston on February 6th, 2021 7:09 PM

My deepest condolences to the Hudson family in your loss. Dave was such a great man to get to know since he came to Seaforth Long Term Care. He always has some great stories to tell about his life. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace my friend!

Condolence from Ron and Sylvia Soeder on February 7th, 2021 11:29 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We have many memories of times we spent together in our younger days.
We send you and your family all our love. Please keep in touch.

Condolence from Thomas Hodges on February 7th, 2021 10:52 PM

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband, father, and grand and great grandfather. He was such an important part of our families trips to Stratford, our growing up years. . He could be such a goof-ball at times.
My mom, Catharine Hodges always considered him to be her “little brother” even though he towered over her. Dementia is a terrible, terrible thing to suffer from. He is now at peace, and his mind at rest.
God’s blessing on all of you as your mourn his passing.

Condolence from Leonard W Leasa on February 17th, 2021 6:16 PM

My condolences to the, family. Worked with Dave for a time at Kalbfleisch Bros.

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