ALL at the Bugle were saddened to learn that one of our regular contributors over the years, Graham Hodgson of Wordsley, has been killed in a car accident in Cyprus.
True to character, Graham was helping a friend to collect his son from Larnaca airport and bringing them both home to Iskele, Northern Cyprus, when he died on Wednesday, November 27.
Graham, 58, had been out in Cyprus with his wife, Paula, for three months, volunteering in partnership with a local church and university to support and encourage the many international students there.
While in Cyprus, he assisted the students with their English and Paula would teach them to swim. Both retired teachers, they had ambitions of eventually making a permanent move to the country where they had made many friends.
Their three children, Emma, 29, Ben, 27 and Lorna, 25, joined their mother in Cyprus to come to terms with the tragic and untimely passing of their father.
Ben Hodgson said: "Dad was a devoted husband, loving father and committed Christian; a man of great integrity, a true gentleman and a humble servant, always putting others first.
He was passionate about local history and teaching and dearly loved his family, friends, church and community."
Graham spent much of his life investing in his local community and bringing the rich heritage of the area to life.
He taught in primary schools in the Dudley Borough for 33 years, more than 20 of which were spent at Netherbrook Primary School.
He was also responsible for getting the name of dishonoured First World War soldier Joseph Bateman remembered on the Wordsley war memorial, and he put pen to paper to write a novel based on his life and bringing justice to his name, which he hoped, one day, might be published.
Graham wrote many items for The Bugle on Black Country soldiers of the First World War and these features can be found on our website.
The funeral of this much-loved and missed husband, father and son, will take place today (Thursday, December 12) at 2pm at Calvary Church, Kingswinford, where Graham had faithfully attended for more than 15 years.
All will be greatly welcomed by the family and any donations towards the ongoing work with students in Cyprus, can be made via the funeral directors, J. T. Brookes & Co.
To pay your tribute to Graham and to read his articles for The Black Country Bugle go to our website www.blackcountrybugle.co .uk