Tributes pour in after city accountant dies

The wife of Peter Hodgson, a beloved accountant who ran the books for several Diss companies, 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 years old.

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

Peter Hodgson, who helped many Diss companies recover, died last month at the age of 85. Photo: Mark Bullimore

Such was his love for numbers and numbers, he continued to volunteer as Treasurer of the Diss Museum and the Diss Investment Club until his retirement.

Born in Glasgow, he moved to Richmond, London, as a young man to work as a chartered accountant. It was there that he met a teacher from Bristol, Jenny, who lived in the flat below him. They will remain married for 59 years.

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

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

“And he was loving and kind and caring, but also very simple and very honest. He called a spade a spade and never cut corners.

After Mr Hodgson was appointed 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 thought it looked like a nice little town,” said Ms Hodgson, who worked as a teacher at Diss Infant School.

“So we decided to raise a family here.”

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

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

“But being a Scottish accountant he found 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 rise – he was the first person to manage the books at John Doe’s furniture store, now one of the biggest businesses in town .

Basil Abbott, director of the Diss Museum, remembers when he hired Mr. Hodgson as treasurer.

He said, “I recommended him for the job because he had been such a good accountant for

“It was a tough time for museums, so we needed someone of his caliber.

“He seemed to have a love and taste for the job, not just seeing it as columns of numbers.

“It radiated positively when we could make money by organizing festivals, organizing bookstands or publishing books.”

Ms Abbott added: “He was there to help – he did it because he loved doing it, but he never did a song and dance about it.”

Since his death, his family have been inundated with messages of support from all over the Waveney Valley – receiving around 80 cards in just over a week.

“We had so many wonderful cards and messages that said he was so wonderful and how he put them on their path.

“I think a lot of people really liked him,” Ms Hodgson added.

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

“He’s always been there for me, and I’ve always been 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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