William Barry Hodgson

Born on April 7, 1933 . Passed away on July 28, 2021 .


Passed away peacefully at Bidgee Haven Balranald.

Loved father of Deborah, Sharon, Scott and extended families.

Will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral Notice

Service held Friday August 6, 2021 - 2:30pm

A Private & Restricted Funeral Service (Due to COVID19) will be held for Mr William (Barry) Hodgson.

A Graveside Burial service will be held at the Balranald Cemetery (Presbyterian Section), NSW on FRIDAY (6th August, 2021) commencing at 2.30pm. (Restricted to 100 persons).

Please email  [email protected] to confirm attendance.

 We wish to encourage you to express your sympathies and condolences to the family via a tribute on this announcement which the family are able to read, reflect and treasure

Barry’s Service will be live streamed on FRIDAY (6th August, 2021) commencing at 11.00am and then again at 2.30pm  

 Please go to the Live Streaming tab on our home page at 11.00am on FRIDAY (Victorian Service) and 2.30pm on FRIDAY (NSW Service)

(passcodes provided to family).

COVID19 restrictions apply.

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  1. Barry a good friend for 55 years and a good companion on our flying trips around the country over those years, buying cattle. And the many duck shoots on torry whith his father inlaw seth Samson, and local property’s, especially the great shoot we had at chicle station oganized by the balranld lions club.
    You will be sadly mist. Toby.
    John McCabe.

    John McCabeJuly 29 2021 6:40 pm
  2. Barry, there is nothing I can do to bring you back and your passing was so unexpected. I’m sorry I wasn’t there with you. Thank you for the love and care you gave me and the love was returned. Even though I could no longer care for you and you had to return to Bidgee Haven I still looked forward to talking to you nearly every day and I still turned around to talk to you at night when I forgot you were no longer here. I am grateful to have had our time together. I have been blessed by having you in my life and broken by your passing on to a better life. Love always darling. Kate and the kids loved you too. Janna never had the chance to meet you.

    Veronica MichaelsonJuly 30 2021 10:27 am
  3. Barry was a Foundation Life Member in 1962 of the Mid Murray Flying Club, so many stories we had. Remember on a flying trip landed at Cooper Pedy visited the under ground Church, Barry proceed to the alter and sung How Great Thou Art, by the time he finished the church was full, what a beautiful voice.
    Condolences to the family. Joy Hardie OAM.

    Joy HardieJuly 30 2021 11:12 am
  4. Toopuntul Holdings has lost a legend. One of the founders of the Company who has contributed so much, including many years as a Board member. He will be sadly missed. Toopuntul extends its deepest sympathy to Sharon, Deborah, Scott and extended families.

    Rod Jouning - Toopuntul Holdings LimitedJuly 31 2021 8:53 am
  5. VW Bro Hodgson a friend whilst a member of Lodge Balranald also M M Flying Club we all Remember the late nights around the piano. Alex McKenzie.

    Alex McKenzie.July 31 2021 3:50 pm
  6. Condolences to All of Barry’s Family.
    Thinking of you at this sad time. ????
    Linda Nelson and Family.

    Linda NelsonJuly 31 2021 5:27 pm
  7. Thoughts are with Deborah and family you have some amazing memories to treasure for ever.xx

    Jeanette DonohueJuly 31 2021 10:27 pm
  8. Condolences to Hodgson family from Murphy family Maryborough.

    Margaret MutphyAugust 1 2021 11:07 am
  9. Mark and I were very sad to learn Barry had passed away. I have such wonderful and funny memories of spending time with Barry, dad and the the Hodgson family as a child. Barry was always full of life and energy and a dear friend to dad. I hope they can catch up and reminisce about old times.
    Condolences to Deborah, Sharon, Scott and their families.

    Jan Woodhams-SmithAugust 1 2021 11:36 am
  10. A legend both on the Low Bidgee and in the air, Barry will be remembered for his innovation and vision, condolences to the family from all at Nap Nap

    Tony CullenwardAugust 1 2021 1:12 pm
  11. Rich memories of a long association with Barry Hodgson – the pilot, entrepreneur, and farmer.
    Condolences to all of Barry’s Family
    Murray and Sue McLean.

    Sue McLeanAugust 1 2021 3:14 pm
  12. So shocked and sad to hear of my mate’s passing. We first met 22 years ago at Torry Plains. Although your trips to Sydney were of a negative nature dealing with banks and receivers, it formed a friendship with you and my family that will always be cherished and never forgotten. Going to my son’s soccer games, helping me out at Christmas at my girl’s dance concert, out in our boat, zooming my son and his mates around the lake on their surf boards, you and I with the guitar singing our ” favourite” song Crystal Chandeliers” . What about the Christmas holiday when I picked you up at Newcastle, drove back to our holiday location 2 hours north and we all ended up in the surf, sunburnt and sore but the kids, wife and us had a ball! Loved the ” joy flights” mate, and our luncheons where the bottle of red got the better of you but geez it made you sing good!! Old enough to be my Dad but young enough to be a champion mate. So many stories and memories! Really going to miss hearing your voice. God please look after my dear mate because he looked after many!! You will be in my thoughts forever. My deepest sympathy and prayers to Sharon and all the family.
    Mike McEvoy and family

    Mike McEvoyAugust 3 2021 9:35 am
  13. Barry, I can never hear the song “Some Enchanted Evening” without thinking of you. I will always remember you taking me up in your plane and boy could you make that plane waltz while you sang in your beautiful baritone dulcet tones. It was crazy but always fun, and what a brilliant pilot!
    Those were the days my friend you will be so sadly missed by so many.
    Love to Sharon and all the family, you were so much part of all their lives.
    Fly high my friend
    Love Bev

    Beverley SmartAugust 4 2021 10:51 am
  14. I met Barry in 1992 (29 years ago) when I was stationed at Deniliquin as a Fisheries Officer. Torry Plain was part of my patrol area. One day I happened to drive into Torry whilst I was doing a patrol of the Murrumbidgee River and met this tall, handsome, intelligent man who had a character larger than life. He had a vision for Torry and achieved so much. Deborah, Michael & children were also living at Torry at the time and I occasionally saw Scott. Regularly I would visit Torry and use it as a base for my patrols. I spent many hours flying with Barry in his Piper. During the evenings a glass of red was mandatory and Barry would play the piano and sing, what a great voice. I left the region in 1997 and moved to the Central Coast where Barry visited a few times. We kept in touch regularly and only recently planned to catch up, unfortunately Covid prevented that. I will miss our regular conversations, see you on the other side mate. My sincerest condolences to the family.
    Dave Kell

    Dave KellAugust 4 2021 3:11 pm
  15. I worked for Barry way back on Torry Plains back in the 70’s when I first came to Australia. He introduced me to the bush life and I had some fantastic & comical times with Barry, times that I can remember and reflect on. Sending best wishes to the family on this sad occasion, but there are many happy memories for you all to treasure that will last forever.

    Alan & Tina Powis

    Alan & Tina PowisAugust 5 2021 12:53 pm
  16. Life long friend and neighbour. A pioneer on the floodplain.
    Condolences to all the family.

    Jack and Margaret Spinks

    Margaret SpinksAugust 7 2021 3:40 pm
  17. I first met Barry when I was at boarding school and went home with Deborah to Torry Plains.What a holiday for a girl who was bought up on a dairy farm in Gippsland.My first fly in a plane was with Barry he told me to whip his hat off if I felt sick.We chased pigs and mustered sheep.It was so hot Deb and I went swimming in the middle of the night.In later years he turned up at our Marra Ball.Then at our little Marra Church and he belted out those hymns.I was so sad to hear of his passing.Such I lovely man.RIP Barry.

    Lorraine Green (Mills)August 13 2021 7:57 pm

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