Architect (retired) MAIBC (#444), MRAIC, FRAIC

Alan James Hodgson, aged 89, passed away on June 19, 2018 after a brief stay in Victoria Hospice. Born in Victoria as the eldest son of Alan Charles Hodgson and Martha (Peggy) (nee Chadwick). Alan enjoyed a 54-year career as a productive architect, contributing significantly to the built, artistic and cultural fabric of Victoria, the city he cherished.

His work was his life. Some of his more innovative projects include an addition to the Technical College in Terrace, B.C., the University of Victoria’s Maclaurin Building, including its associated Music Building with the Philip T. Young Recital Hall, the MacPherson Playhouse restoration and new lobby, the earlier development of Island Farms, now under the aegis of Agropur, a Quebec based co-operative, and the restoration of the British Columbia Legislative Buildings.

Alan always appreciated the faith that his clients, contractors, and colleagues had for his design capabilities. A proud member of the Masonic community since 1955, he recently affiliated with Capilano Lodge No 164 in North Vancouver.

Alan will be lovingly remembered by Sheila, his wife of 66 years, his son Kevin (Janet), daughter Sarah (Jim), and his four grandchildren: Ian, Farleigh, Jessica, and David. He leaves his siblings Barbara (Bill) and David (Nancy), nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Deep appreciation is extended to Dr. Bryan Murray, to the doctors and staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital and to the team at Victoria Hospice for their kindness to Alan and his family.

Alan was given a green burial on June 26, 2018. A Celebration of Life to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Victoria Hospice or Capilano Lodge No 164 Charity Fund.

Condolences can be offered to the family below.

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  • Marilyn
    September 21, 2018

    My first job was in an Esquimalt dentist’s office beside Alan’s first office space and I believe he was just starting out; it was a time of great change and design in 1966. UVIC being built, Centennial Square…modernism. I loved to see the latest sketches, plans and maquettes he displayed because they were so non conforming, so airy and non traditional. Over the years I’ve always been aware of and admired the work of Alan Hodgson, in my mind one of the trail blazers in mid century architecture here, and I’ll always remember the lights that burned late in that tiny office, and where they led. Sincere condolences to his family.

  • David Wilkinson
    July 17, 2018

    ( please advise as to date of celebration of life)

    My dearest Sheila,

    I have just read of dear Alan’s passing. My most sincere condolences to you and the family.

    I must confess that I always thought that AJH would outlive us all, as he always seemed to be the spryest soul in the room. I will always treasure Alan’s patient mentorship and gentlemanly professionalism….to say nothing of his effortless talent.

    I shall miss him, and I will never forget him.

    I look forward to seeing you at the Celebration of Life, Sheila.

  • Toni Cavelti
    July 10, 2018

    Dear Sheila,
    Please accept my most sincere condolences to the passing of Alan. I remember Alan very well from a casual acquaintance he became a customer and a friend.
    We had some nice visits at my store on Seymour Street, he was always good to see ,to talk to and create special pieces of jewellery for you.

    Sincerely, Toni Cavelti.

  • Gordon Huneck
    July 9, 2018

    I would like to offer the Hodgson family my condolences and mention that I will long carry fond memories for Alan for the support, kindness, and respect that he conveyed to me in my time with St. Andrew’s Lodge. It was an honor and a pleasure to have known him.

  • ina irwin
    July 8, 2018

    To Sheila and family– my sincere condolences and kind thoughts.
    Your 66 years of marriage will hold many fond memories. Thinking of you. Ina Irwin

  • Paul de Goutiere
    July 7, 2018

    Our sincere condolences to the Hodgson family, always a gentleman, he’ll be missed.

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