Remembering Brian Hodges
It was a touching ceremony hearing from those close to Brian, encapsulating his drive to get involved in what he was passionate about. It was clear he embraced his time as a grants panel member, including learning about the diverse communities across South Yorkshire.
He will be sorely missed and everyone at SYCF sends their condolences to his widow Mary, and his children Sarah and James and their families.
SYCF Chief Executive Ruth Willis, who attended Brian’s memorial service that took place on Thursday 5th January 2023
Later in his career in 1972, he moved to Sheffield to set up a nursing training course at Sheffield Polytechnic and Middlewood Hospitals. He also developed the Hodges Healthcare career model for nursing which facilitated integrated care, person centredness, reflective practice and helped to bridge the theory and practice gap. Shortly after, he became Head of Nursing Studies at Manchester Polytechnic.
Brian’s testament to overcoming obstacles was personified after his stroke when he was told that he would not walk again. Although he never regained use of his left arm, he did walk again.
He will be remembered for his sense of humour, his huge sense of purpose and service to others and for the determination to live life to the full and never be stopped by anything or anyone. He was so proud of his family and all they have achieved. He was an inspiration and encouragement to everyone he met.
James Hodges, speaking about his father