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ELLIUDE REGINALD (REG) HODGE (REG)
Date of Passing: May 10, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
ELLIUDE REGINALD (REG) HODGE
Reg was predeceased by his father Reynolds, his mother Ruby, as well as several brothers and sisters.
He will be missed beyond measure by his loving wife, Hortense; his devoted children, Hortense (Danny) and Gideon (Janice); his brothers and sisters; his many nieces and nephews; his close and lifelong friends and his numerous godchildren, many of who know him as Uncle Reg.
Reg was born the third of 13 children in Guyana in 1934. In 1957, he immigrated with his wife Hortense to London, England to enhance his education. That led him to his career in electronics /telecommunications which began in London. In 1964 Reg was hired by the London Head Office of AEI, an electronics firm, to become a tester in their Winnipeg office. The Hodge family, which now included his daughter Hortense and son Gideon, embarked on a new adventure by immigrating to Winnipeg. Reg was a loyal and hard worker with AEI, achieving management status and staying with the firm until his retirement in 1994.
One of his closest and dearest friends said that, "He was charitable from birth". What an apt description. He became a member of a fraternity (Independent Order of English Mechanics) while living in London and was one of the founding members of a chapter of that very same organization in Winnipeg. While with this beloved fraternity, which promoted charitable undertakings, he served in various offices and was so respected that he became a District Grand Master.
Reg also played an important role in welcoming new immigrants from Guyana, assisting them with adjusting to their new life so far from home. This would include helping them find work and housing all the while encouraging them every step of the way.
Reg had an inspiring passion for his favourite charity, Habitat for Humanity. He dedicated 25 years to the organization which included, after retirement, volunteering Monday to Friday five hours each day, lending his grace, kindness, expertise and skill. How remarkable, but not surprising for those who knew Reg. He was an extraordinary individual.
"Everything is copacetic," Reg was fond of saying. Only because he made it so.
A very special thank you to those friends who were able to visit him during his hospital stay and those who were by his side from afar.
A celebration of Reg's life will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, MB.
Flowers respectfully declined. If friends so desire, to remember his life that touched their own, donations can be made to any one of the following of his favoured charities: Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, 60 Archibald St., Winnipeg, MB R2J 0V8; Agape Table, 364 Furby St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2V5; and Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2019
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Please accept my deepest condolences. He was a wonderful Godfather who always was supportive and caring. Your friendly smile will be missed - Posted by: Tanis Fox-Forbes (God daughter) on: May 17, 2019
My thought are with Jerrick and family and Sharon. May God bless and surround all of you at this time. Loosing a love one is never easy, but God will shine his light and will hold you all close to him with love and to understand that God has open the gates of heaven for him. Blessings to all of you, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit. Amen - Posted by: Rev. Lorna Howell (Relative/Friend) on: May 16, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family for your loss. Reg was a wonderful man and friend to Bill. Jane Yachison and Family - Posted by: Jane Yachison (Friend) on: May 15, 2019
My condolences to you and your family Hortense. I think your father accomplished a lot in the years of his dash xo - Posted by: Laurie Gydé (Family friend to Hortense) on: May 15, 2019
We adored Reg. His smile could light up a room and touch your heart. Thank you, Reg, we will miss you so very much❤️ - Posted by: Adriana and Gerald O’Neil (Friends) on: May 15, 2019
We have lived across the street from Reg & Hortense for 25+ years. They have been great neighbors. We will miss our conversations with Reg as he puttered in their beautiful yard. Our sympathy to the family. - Posted by: Heather & Dave (Neighbour) on: May 15, 2019
I can remember my summer holidays with Gideon we would hang out and have a great time. Aunt Hortense has always been nice to me(makes the best morning breakfast) and uncle Reg always made me laugh. He will be missed :( Thank you for the great times. Tex A Williams - Posted by: Tex Anthony Williams (Childhood friend of the Family) on: May 15, 2019
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