Joseph Donald Hodgson a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend left this world suddenly on Monday Sept 13, 2021, he was 80 years old.
Donald was born in St Albert, Alberta, to Toby & Helen Hodgson; he had 13 siblings. He grew up enjoying an active life playing hockey and baseball with his numerous friends and cousins.
When Don left school, he started work in the construction industry where he developed a fear of heights forcing him to find another career path, he trained as a computer programmer and ended up enlisting in the Canadian Armed Forces. Don took up various postings including service in the UN peacekeeping mission in Syria; Don retired honorably after serving 25 years.
He started a 2nd career with Native Counseling Services of Alberts as a corrections officer and retired finally after serving as the operations officer for the Stan Daniel’s center. During the time that Don was settling in as a certified bachelor, he met Maggie, his life partner and proceeded to spend the next 50 years trying to keep up to her. He raised a family with 2 sons and a daughter, numerous nieces and nephews a couple of dogs and many, many, golf clubs. The nieces and nephews became part of our family. His nephew Phillip joined our home and went on to join the RCMP. His niece Phyllis and Charmaine joined our family in Moose Jaw.
Don loved to golf and spent his retirement playing golf, traveling around in the summer trying to get in as many rounds of golf with his buddies as he could, until his failing health forced him to finally quit.
Donald spent his final years with his grandchildren, arguing with Maggie over the TV and playing cards with his brothers and sisters, whenever he was able.
Donald is survived by his wife Maggie; his children: Shaun (Fran), Ross, Amanda; grandchildren: Declan, Astrid, Angus; his sister Wilma; brother Henry and numerous nephews and nieces, and his godson Edmund Mercredi.
He was predeceased by his parents: Toby and Helen; brothers: Vital, Fred, Neil and George; sisters: Genevieve and Anne.
There will be a public viewing on Wednesday Sept 22 at Serenity funeral home and a private Catholic mass on Saturday Sept 25 at the St Albert Catholic church at 2pm.
Due to the COVID-19, 4th wave and Government restrictions, we are limited to having 50 people at the mass, and as such there will be no gathering after the mass, however we will be having a memorial gathering in the summer 2022 to celebrate Don’s life. If you are unvaccinated or are unable to attend in person, please take the opportunity to view the mass via the provided link:
http://shorturl.at/rEHQ6 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y__mNj7ANQ
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel