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Message started by Administrator on Oct 17th, 2021, 10:37am

Title: Larry Hodgson
Post by Administrator on Oct 17th, 2021, 10:37am

Larry Hodgson, whose long career included spells as Editor of Radio News and Current Affairs, and Head of Sport and OBs, Radio, has died.  He was 86.
Larry was a dynamic leader, ebullient and full of confidence.   He was loyal to his staff and accessible to everyone.  He was an old-school journalist, enjoying newsmen’s company and gossip and a few drinks in the pub at the end of the day.  This got him into trouble on more than one occasion but he always kept his good humour and his many friendships.
He played tennis to a high standard, and was a friend and biographer of Lew Hoad.  In later years he worked on Radio Wimbledon during the tennis tournament.
Larry retired to Spain, where he died.

Title: Re: Larry Hodgson
Post by Administrator on Oct 17th, 2021, 10:39am

Larry’s children, Matt and Cristina, posted this tribute on Facebook:

“ It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Lawrence ‘Larry’ Hodgson at the age of 86. He passed peacefully with his family around him at 11pm on Friday the 15th of October 2021 in Benalmadena, Spain.
We could tell you a thousand stories and more about Larry. How as a young man he saw active service for his country in the Paras, which fostered a strong sense of discipline and pride which he carried throughout his life. How he travelled to the United States and studied journalism at UC Berkeley beginning his love affair with the US , The Beach Boys and the Washington Redskins. How he had a long and illustrious career in the BBC as a journalist and news editor traveling the World and ensuring historical events were reported objectively and truthfully, many under difficult circumstances. We could tell you that he loved sport, no more than his beloved tennis and that the Wimbledon Championships were always a highlight of the year for him. We could tell you that he wasn’t perfect, that he was human, that he certainly had his flaws and made his fair share of mistakes. We could tell you about his infectious humour and dashing charm. We could tell you he was a prodigious reader of books and when not reading he loved to write. We could tell you about how he loved his adopted country of Spain and how he finally managed to speak Spanglish almost like a local. We could tell you that he was loved by many and will forever have an impact in their lives. We could go on.
What I will say is that Larry is simply our Dad. He was our best mate and teacher. We will always love him and words cannot express how much we’ll miss him.
Until we meet again. ❤️
Cris & Matt”

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