MY TOP 20 THINGS IN REMEMBERING BROTHER IN LAW DEREK HODGKINSON

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. — Dr. Seuss

 As we resume our day to day life after the passing of my Brother in Law Derek Hodgkinson, I begin with a Top Ten of zillions of things I will remember him for:

MY TOP 20 THINGS IN REMEMBERING BROTHER IN LAW DEREK HODGKINSON

 

  1. An amazing, gentle person – simply the best!
  2. Wonderful brother-in-law.
  3. The laughs we shared together.
  4. Carrying out the important role of Giving away his sister ‘Our Jeannie’ at our wedding.
  5. Springwater Club Calverton.
  6. His 40+ years of an exemplary career as a brilliant HGV driver.
  7. A devoted husband and father.
  8. A very devoted son to his Mam.
  9. The only HGV driver in the world that took a Tupperware box of salad for breakfast and lunch in favour. of the Great English Breakfast at a greasy spoon Transport Café.
  10. Morecambe and Wise.
  11. Famously saying “I’m sweating cobs” to the vicar in the vestry at St. Patricks Church, Nuthall as we all signed the register after our wedding.
  12. His famously speech at our wedding reception which was: “It’s all been said!”
  13. Terrorising our children with “Jaws”.
  14. “Stands back in amazement” – catchphrase.
  15. Being the spit and image of Billy Fury (or was it Fury, the hoss).
  16. Driving a “Wonderloaf” van.
  17. Me and him searching for and buying my first car, a cherry red Triumph Herald 1200.
  18. Keen cyclist, doing 50 miles a day without problem.
  19. Throughout his life he was never without a car and he managed to find some amazing models.
  20. There is so much more I could say but the words keep slipping away. – Thankfully we have so many fond memories we can smile, nay, laugh about! Au revoir, Derek!
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