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The wife of Peter Hodgson, a beloved accountant who ran the books for several businesses in Diss, has described him as “the love of my life”.

Mr Hodgson died at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Monday, July 25, after suffering a heart attack. He was 85.

A father-of-three and a grandfather-of-seven, Mr Hodgson had become a much loved figure in the town, running his own accountancy practice from his home in Denmark Street.

Peter Hodgson, instrumental in helping many Diss businesses get on their feet, died last month at the age of 85. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Peter Hodgson, instrumental in helping many Diss businesses get on their feet, died last month at the age of 85. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Such was his love for figures and numbers, he continued to volunteer as treasurer for Diss Museum and Diss Investment Club well into his retirement.

Born in Glasgow, he moved to Richmond, London, as a young man to work as a chartered accountant. It was there where he met a Bristolian school teacher, Jenny, who lived in the flat beneath him. They would go on to be married for 59 years.

“He had a good sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye,” said Mrs Hodgson, 81.

Mr Hodgson had worked as a chartered accountant in London before moving to Diss. Picture: Contributed
Mr Hodgson had worked as a chartered accountant in London before moving to Diss. Picture: Contributed

“And he was loving, kind and thoughtful, but also very straightforward and very honest. He would call a spade a spade and never cut corners.”

After Mr Hodgson was appointed the managing director of an accountancy firm in Thetford, he and his wife moved to south Norfolk, where they went on to raise three daughters – Morag, Alison and Catriona.

“We saw Diss and we thought it looked like a nice little town,” said Mrs Hodgson, who worked as a teacher at Diss Infant School.

“So we decided we would raise a family here.”

An avid golfer, he was captain of Diss Golf Club, but the great love of his life, Mrs Hodgson said, was sailing.

“He had been on six-week trips to The Azores – he loved yachts and he loved being on the sea.

“But being a Scottish accountant, he figured out it was much cheaper to have friends with yachts than to have one yourself,” she added.

It was this financial savvy that helped many businesses in Diss onto their feet - he was the first person to manage the books for John Doe furniture store, now one of the town’s largest firms.

Basil Abbott, manager of Diss Museum, remembered back to when he took Mr Hodgson on as treasurer.

He said: “I recommended him for the post, as he had been such a good accountant for
me.

“It was a hard time for museums so we needed someone of his calibre.

“He seemed to have a love and relish for the work, not just regarding it as columns of figures.

“He positively glowed when we were able to make some money by running festivals, having bookstalls or publishing books.”

Mrs Hodgson added: “He was there to help - he did it because he loved doing it, but he never made a song and dance about it.”

Since his death, his family have been inundated with messages of support from all corners of the Waveney Valley - receiving around 80 cards in little more than a week.

“We’ve had so many wonderful cards and messages that have said he was so marvellous and how he set them on their way.

“I think a lot of people really loved him,” added Mrs Hodgson.

“Peter lived life to the fullest and he enjoyed it. He was absolutely the love of my life - 59 years and we never had a problem.

“He was always there for me, and I was always there for him.”

Mr Hodgson is survived by his wife Jenny, 81; three daughters, Morag, 57, Alison, 55, and Catriona, 53; and seven grandchildren, Rob, 27, Anna, 24, Nick, 22, Alfie, 14, Sophie, 14, Isla, 12 and Sam, 10.



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