Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers. Please find links below to a great honorary video that Willow Oaks put together for Peter along with more information regarding the Links to Freedom Golf Foundation, which is an incredible (and local) rehabilitative golf program for our wounded warriors and disabled veterans, that Peter dedicated his retirement years towards. For all the overseas Hodson relatives please find a livestream link below which can be accessed/viewed during or after the ceremony.
Rest in peace dad you certainly have earned it
Peter Michael Hodson went to be with his heavenly father on September 25, 2022. He was born March 26, 1937 in London, England to Bert and Elizabeth Hodson. Peter is survived by his loving wife Georgena Hodson, whom he married in 1959; his children, Stephen, Andrew (Michelle); and grandchildren Marley, Drew, and Serena. Although Peter was born in London, his extended family and ancestors still hail from the beautiful Risca Wales.
Peter was a retired Golf Professional and member of both the British and U.S. Professional Golfers Associations (P.G.A.) for over 65 years, interrupted only by his two year military obligation (1955-1957) with the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.). Peter dedicated his life to his family and the grand old game of golf. He was a coach, teacher, and in retirement volunteered a large portion of his time with the Links to Freedom Foundation’s Rehabilitation Golf Program at Fort Belvoir.
Peter came to the U.S.A from England in 1961 with his wife, Georgena. He worked as the Golf Professional at the Williamsburg Country Club until 1964, then he and his family moved to Richmond when he took the position of Assistant Golf Professional to Jack Isaacs at Willow Oaks Country Club. In 1971 Peter assumed the role of Head Golf Professional, which he proudly served until 1989. His chosen path from that day forward was golf course construction, re-construction, and management, with numerous accomplishments along the way.
Peter’s philosophy on life could be best summed up as follows:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter S. Thompson
As was his general nature, Peter never shied away from a challenge, even up to the end, with his failing health. The family of Peter would like to extend a special thanks to the heroes at Sheltering Arms and the Laurels of Bon Air, for all they have done.
The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 Wednesday, October 5 at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road where a Celebration of his life will follow at 3:00. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Links to Freedom Foundation, 5623 Bellington Avenue, Springfield, VA 22151 www.linkstofreedom.org (501 non-profit tax i.d. 474197423).