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Clifford O. Hodges

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Meredith-----Clifford O. Hodges, 90, of 153 Parade Road, and formerly of Ridgewood Avenue, Gilford, NH, died at the Forestview Manor on Sunday, October 8, 2006.

Mr. Hodges was born August 5, 1916 in Franklin, NH, the son of Gilbert and Gladys (Colby) Hodges. He was raised in Hill and South Alexandria and was a graduate of Bristol High School. He lived in Gilford for sixty years, before moving to Meredith a year ago.

Mr. Hodges served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a Norden bomb sight specialist and was involved in combat across North Africa, Italy and Corsica. He was severely wounded during a German bombing raid on Corsica and spent 18 months in army hospitals. He was recipient of a Purple Heart, After the war, he returned to work at the Laconia Needle Company and was vice-president in charge of sales. He later was employed as the Plant Manager at Amatex Corporation, Meredith, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Hodges was a dedicated volunteer at Bolduc Park and was an active member and a past Commodore of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club for many years He had been a member of the Laconia Rotary Club for more than thirty years.

Survivors include his wife, Doreen (Fitzpatrick) Hodges, of Meredith; a daughter, Pamela Woodhead, of West Minot, Maine; two sons, Michael L. Hodges, of Amherst, MA and Stephen G. Hodges of Gilford, NH; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Constance Webb, of Rhode Island and Alice Goodspeed, of Bangor, Maine and seven nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 from 5:00-8:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 10:00AM also at the Funeral Home. Rev. Hays Junkin, Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, will officiate.

Burial will follow in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.

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