Stanley Hodgson

September 9, 1919January 6, 2013

HODGSON, Stanley, born September 9, 1919 in Croydon, England passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 6, 2013 in White Rock/Surrey, BC. Stan will be remembered as a person of amazing intelligence and insight, of integrity, of strong opinions with a deep caring for others, of a desire to serve, of strong faith in God.

Stan moved to Nelson as a young child. Among his accomplishments as a young man was achieving the rank of King’s Scout. He served as an RCAF radar technician in North Africa and Italy. World War II was life changing. Stan returned to enrol at UBC, graduating in 1950 as a Mining Engineer.

Soon after, he arrived in Kimberley and met Bubbles Adlard. Possibly no less likely couple could be found, Stan the stoic and Bubbles the exuberant. But something clicked and they were soon married, beginning an odyssey to small mining towns – Tulsequah, Jordan River, Kimberley, Pine Point, Trail and that largest of small mining towns, Vancouver. Along the way, they raised three children and amassed an amazing and large group of friends.

During this time, Stan was active politically, acting as a campaign manager for the local MP, a Captain in the local militia, a Justice of the Peace. Camping, fishing and boating, kids in tow, then golfing and curling. He was confirmed as an adult into the Anglican Church, helping establish the faith that sustained him.

Stan also faced tragedies. Son Dean was killed in an industrial accident at age 20. Then, just months before Stan was to retire, Bubbles was taken away too soon by cancer. Stan drew on his inner strength and became very active in his church, St. Mark’s. He was part of the team that built the new facility and helped found the Men’s Club, an organization devoted to serving the parish. For his service to St. Mark’s, Stan was invested in the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster. He and June Wellington became close friends, playing bridge and enjoying the VSO pops concerts. Sadly, June also passed away and Stan came to rely very much on the St. Mark’s community, his garden and cat, Blue.

Stan is lovingly remembered by his son Stephen (Mary); daughter Cathy (Dave); grandchildren Sean, Aaron and Maya; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful support of Lynn Anderson, the caring staff of Westminster House and Mary’s Pascuzzo family, who adopted Stan as honourary grandfather many years ago.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stanley Hodgson

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Daphne Greig

January 26, 2013

So very sorry to hear about Stan's passing. I have very happy memories of our time in Pine Point with both Bubbles and Stan. Our thoughts are with all the family.

Daphne (Meyer) Greig, Jean Meyer, North Saanich and Sidney, BC (

Ruth Anderson Donovan

January 25, 2013

Dear Cathy and family,
Saw notice of your Father's passing on Facebook- he sounds like a wonderful man, as was Bubbles, your Mom, whom your memoir writing introduced me to. Sending you much love, and the trust that Love expressed through dear ones lives on. Ruth Anderson Donovan, Edmonton.

Gordon & Mary Bruce

January 24, 2013

Dear Stephen, Cathy and Families,
We were sorry about the passing of Stan.
Both your Mom and Dad were very special to us in Pine Point. They made us feel warm, welcome and family.
Cherish your memories and we will cherish ours.
Thinking of you,

Leanne (Allen) Sinkler

January 14, 2013

Deepest sympathy to Cathy, Stephan and your families. I remember your Dad fondly as a man devoted to his family, his church and his community. He had generous smile, lively stories and warm hospitality. His was a life well lived.

January 14, 2013

Stephen, Cathy and families
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. It brings back, with sadness, some memories of the time we had growing up in Pine Point. I smile when I think of the great ping pong parties and fun we had at your house. Your parents were really special to put up with our hijinks. I think of those times often. We were truly blessed.
Thinking about you,
Douglas Bruce
Trail BC

Beverley de Valois

January 14, 2013

Dear Cathy, Dave, Maya, Stephen and Mary,
Sincere condolences on the loss of your father, father-in-law, and grandfather. I only met Stan a few times, and many years ago - in Pine Point when I was on a school exchange with Cathy, and then a few times in Trail, when I visited Cathy (so long ago now!). It has been his example of energy in his later years that I am reminded of most strongly - the pie making, his passion for gardening, his energetic involvement in community life that continued to so recently. I admire him as an example of a life actively and fully lived. Lee and I send our sympathy and warmest love to you all at this time of your loss.

Barbara Sobon

January 13, 2013

Condolences to the Hodgson Family. Cathy, Dave, Maya - please know my heartfelt wishes and prayers are with you at this delicate time. I sincerely regret not being well enough to travel to the Mainland to be with you and your family to celebrate your father's life. I remember meeing him in his home and being so impressed with his culinary abilities. He was a precious and polished jewel. All my love,

Wendy Magnusson

January 13, 2013

Cathy, Dave and Maya, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. While we only got the pleasure of meeting your dad once, it was evident in that short visit and hearing you speak of him, what a special man he was! Take care, Wendy and Kris Magnusson

Leslie (Hamilton) Askew

January 13, 2013

My condolences to Stephen, Cathy and your extended families. I remember many fun-filled times with Bubbles and Stan, in Kimberley, when all of us were little kids. And I so enjoyed reading the newsy Christmas letters, which Stan sent to my Mom and Dad (Shirlea and Brian Hamilton), sharing his many adventures and stories.

I feel priviliged to have known him, and send my prayers for all of you during this sad time.

Donna Scott

January 12, 2013

I want to offer the most sincerest condolences from the family of Ernie and Doreen Rawson. There were lots of times spent laughing at the parents house. Remembering the warm times makes you glad we were part of their lives.
I am Bevs sister and although did not know all of you 100% as a family will miss your Dad
Sincerely Donna Scott and my children Linda and Trudy