The local community is remembering a beloved figure of the community who was one of Croxley’s principal family doctors for 30 years.
Dr Michael Hodgson sadly passed away on Saturday, October 21, after a short illness, aged 93.
Many local residents will remember Dr Hodgson fondly as their conscientious and thorough local GP during his years of service to the Croxley community until his retirement in 1990.
Phil Hobbs, whose family were all patients of Dr Hodgson right up until he retired, said: “Dr Hodgson was just a kind and gentle man, who always treated you sincerely and listened to any problems you had, difficult or not.”
Dr Hodgson arrived in the village with his wife Nancy to join Baldwins Lane Surgery in 1960. They were both heavily involved with the community outside work, as Michael was a founder of the Friends of the Green and Nancy was a school governor.
They stayed on in Croxley after their retirement and were often seen walking to Rickmansworth to shop, or just enjoying the Green that they loved so much.
Dr Hodgson’s son David told CROXLEYnews: “Dad was such a self-effacing man, but he made lives better for countless people in the village. Long-time residents who saw him around often came up to say thank you for looking after them when they were younger.
“He must have helped bring thousands of Croxley Greenies into this world! There is a 2,000-year-old quote from Hippocrates that I think sums up my father’s life: ‘Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.’”
Dr Hodgson is survived by his wife, Nancy, their three sons and three grandchildren, and his loving extended family, who all wish to thank the wonderful NHS staff at Watford General Hospital.