IN MEMORY OF MY BRILLIANT BROTHER IN LAW DEREK HODGKINSON
DEREK HODGKINSON 5th JULY 1942 – 31st MAY 2021
Sadly yesterday 31st May 2021 my wonderful brother in law’s brave, difficult fight against cancer ended as he peacefully passed away.
He has been the very best of Big Brothers for my wife Jeannie, taking very seriously his roll as Big Brother.
We were at our closest in the 1970s and 80s, and fortunately had some wonderful, hilarious and fun times together, the pinacle of which was him being responsible for giving his sister away at mine and Jeannie’s wedding. One of the best gifts anyone has ever given me.
In those days we he and I were both car mad and he would take me to the Car Auctions. He took me and advised me on our first car, a beautiful maroon Triumph Herald 1200. After buying it on a June Sunday morning in 1970 we ended up at Hucknall Miner’s Welfare at Lunchtime (we often went drinking together Sunday lunchtimes) to celebrate. Yellow River by Christie was No.1 in the charts and due to some booking quirk they were performing at Hucknall miner’s Welfare that Sunday Lunchtime with the band Lemon Pipers who had a hit with Green Tamborine supporting. Both tracks are my favourites of many that remind me of the great times with my brother in law, Derek.
Derek and his wife Margaret, Jeannie and me used to also go out together dancing and drinking most Saturday nights. Always to places with live music. The Springwater Club at Calverton, the Variety Club at Radford, the Old General at Hyson Green and many of the Miners Welfares.
We were so into our music. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival’s always beings the memories flooding back.
The cream of the acts we saw regularly were Dave Betton, Reg Guest and the great Ricki Disoni.
Derek has always had sharp featured due to a good bone structure giving him good looks that he kept till the end. The looks were that of the classic rock idols, like a young Elvis, Eddie Cochran or most of all Billy Fury. In his younger days he was proud of the fact that he looked like Billy Fury.
The story goes that one day he was ready to do the town and said to his mum “Do I look like Fury?”
“Yes,” replied his doting mother “Fury the Hoss (Horse).”
There was an American Western TV series broadcast on ITV in the 1950s (1957-1960)titled ‘Fury ‘ about a wonderful horse in the American Wild West named Fury.
In the 1980s when we had children he used to terrorise them by chasing them around the room, his hand in the shape of a shark fin singing the Jaws theme tune. They were so traumatised that even today some 40 years later a few notes of that tune make them yell out “Uncle Derek!” rather than “Jaws!” or “Sharks!”
Me, Jeannie, Derek and Margaret have always been big fans of Morecambe and Wise who were at the top of their profession in the1970s and 1980s and we would use their catchphrases all the time.
As I was (and still am) the king of anticlimax tales Derek would constantly be saying to me in answer to things I told him “Stands back in amazement!” in his Eric morecambe sound alike impression.
I have to say in the true meaning of those words they do apply when we reflect on Derek’s life. We reflect on it and we end up saying “Stands back in amazement”.
It is such a huge sad loss to us all!
Dec, I find it such a priviledge to have had you as my brother in law. After all your horrendous suffering now’s the time to RIP, mate!
As a mark of respect to DEREK and in memory of him, I will not be making any posts to this Blog for the next week!
DEREK AT RIGHT WITH WIFE MARGARET AT DAUGHTER JANE TO DAVE WEDDING