Hodgson, Trevor – It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Trevor Hodgson, beloved husband, father and grandfather, on July 7th at the age of 91. As a husband he remained forever in love with our mother, Thelma, who passed away almost ten years ago. His devotion to Thelma was shown through his daily visits to be by her side throughout her long struggle with Alzheimer’s. As a father to Sarah and Paul, he was the beacon and adventurer who led us around the world on his many journeys. He inspired the love of art, music and the world in his two dear grandchildren, Caden and Molly. He will be sadly missed by daughter Sarah (Philip), son Paul (Shelagh), grandchildren Molly and Caden, Barrie, Alan, Gail, Craig and Claire in the UK, many former students here and abroad, and his friends and colleagues over the years in both the arts and music communities. Trevor was predeceased by his wife Thelma, sisters Norma and Iris and parents John and Eva.
Born in Bradford, England, Trevor taught at Blackpool College of Art in the UK, and Bellarmine College in Kentucky before making Canada his home in 1969. He then taught drawing and painting at Queen’s University in Kingston and eventually moved to Hamilton to become director of the Dundas Valley School of Art. His twenty-two year tenure there was characterized by the relaxed and highly creative environment he established which attracted prominent artists from across the country and encouraged the growing reputation of the school. Trevor was also a talented jazz musician playing both the saxophone and clarinet. He performed widely throughout Canada and the US and was even recognized as an Honorary Citizen of New Orleans. Trevor received numerous honours for his immense contribution to the local arts community over the years. Known primarily for his painting and printmaking, he was also an early practitioner in xerography and sound art. His distinctly modernist paintings reflected his interest in design, combining painterly techniques with abstract ideas. His work ranged from the whimsical to the philosophical, always presenting a thoughtful and personal reflection on the human condition. Trevor’s work is included in many public and private collections including York University, UK; Bellarmine College, JB Speed Art Museum and State of Kentucky Collection, US; as well as Queen’s University, the Province of Ontario Collection, and the National Gallery of Canada. A service to remember Trevor will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 1 o’clock and will take place at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, Ontario. Interment Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the SPCA, in respect of Trevor’s love of his pets. Masks required. To share a memory or post a condolence, visit Trevor’s obituary at www.turnerfamilyfuneralhome.ca