Derek Edward Hodge
19 December , 1956 – 20 August , 2018
Born December 19, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario Died August 20, 2018 in North Vancouver, British Columbia
It is with deep sadness that Derek's family announces his sudden passing. Derek was the loving son of the late Annemarie and Ken Hodge, and cherished brother to Hans and Robert Hodge. Derek spent his early years in Ontario attending Hillfield College in Hamilton, then Appleby College in Oakville. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.A., followed by a Business Degree at Capilano College in North Vancouver. He thrived on the west coast first exploring in the Queen Charlottes with Chevron Canada, then later settling in Vancouver working at Lipton before building his successful antique business. Derek was the sole proprietor of “Hodge-Podge”. His antique business, like its name, honoured beauty and function from every era. His knowledge was vast, his research extensive. A true historian, Derek delighted in sharing the expertise and stories he discovered with all those in the industry. With a special understanding and love of the mid-century period, Derek excelled at skillful restoration, and was widely known and respected as a “picker extraordinaire”. Derek was a modest, kind hearted, razor-sharp intelligent and hilarious gentleman. His wicked sense of humour will be deeply missed by all his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and especially his favourite targets: sister-in-laws, Barbara and Kathy, uncle and aunt, Joost and Marlee, nieces and nephews, Timothy (Lyndsey), Benjamin, and Allyson, and cousins, Myfanwy and Alexander (Verity) and new baby Wynona. We all adored him.
Please join the Hodge, Bakker, Ross families in a Celebration of Life for Derek Edward Hodge Saturday OCTOBER 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in the Oak Room at Aberthau Mansion 4397 W. 2nd Ave. Vancouver, BC V6R 1K4. Donations in honour of Derek’s commitment to preserving and protecting our natural environment can be made to the Western Wilderness Committee at www.wildernesscommittee.org
Derek Edward Hodge
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11 September 2018
Derek was a regular customer at the coffee shop where I worked in North Vancouver. He was always a pleasure to serve, a black coffee in his own mug. Derek was genuinely kind, and I know that the rest of the staff and our regular customers will miss his friendly presence. My condolences to his family. The news of his sudden passing weighs heavily on our hearts. Rest in peace, Derek. You live on in our thoughts and memories.
9 September 2018
Reading of Derek's passing was a huge shock. It was always comforting to know that he was out there doing his thing, and just a phone call or e-mail away. He was a part of our social circle for many years, and could always be counted on to show up and win the award for "crazy costume" on any given occasion. His twisted sense of humour and frequent email jokes that made me roll my eyes and groan were always appreciated. Oh Derek, you have left us way too soon and will be sorely missed. You were the epitome of "live, love, laugh".
My condolences to his family and friends. xo
9 September 2018
So saddened to hear of Derek's passing. I was a member of our small group during our time at Capilano College together. Derek was a joy to be around and always challenged the best out of me along with others. Even though we stayed in touch casually after our school years, every time we met it was always like no time had passed. That was the gentle soul Derek was.
Sending sincere condolences to his family
8 September 2018
What a loss of a happy and kind face...I do not think I ever saw him sad or speak an unkind word.
I am so sad that I will not see him around the hood on the computer or at Salvation Army or just about.
We had just spoken a couple weeks ago about how well his business was going and how he enjoyed his "art".
Derek and I went to Capilano College together and we travelled the bridge many nights together with our regular school group to eat many a Bella Pizza and Mondo Gelato; usually eating the Gelato first while we waited for pizza. He had a great sense of ridiculous and his being in our little group made it that much better.
He was so easy to laugh and to poke at and be poked by.
I send a huge hug into the Universe to surround him as he travels on past where he has been.
To his family, know that the world needed more of him.
4 September 2018
I am happy to have known you Derek. We shared a common interest with the knowledge of mid century furniture and collectables. RIP MY FRIEND.
2 September 2018
I am deeply saddened to hear of Derek's passing. He was a good friend, always made me laugh. Taught me about picking. Gave me a treasured wedding gift I proudly display -a 1950-something Osterizer beehive blender. It shines brightly and stands tall. Will always remind me of how he did too. We worked together at Lipton, but kept our friendship going a long time after. I mistakenly have not kept in touch these last few years. Derek was of comfort to me when my father passed away a few years ago in North Van, and I regret that I could not have been more comfort to him. My deepest, sincerest condolences to the family. Know that Derek was loved and cherished by those whose lives he touched. Rest in peace my friend. xoxo Sandra
1 September 2018
Deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Derek for several years at Lipton and always enjoyed his intelligence, wit and mischievous (if slightly twisted) sense of humour. Gone way too soon. Rest in Peace, old friend.