Final farewell for Hodgman

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 03 Juli 2013 | 19.55

THE extraordinary life of lawyer, and former Liberal MP Michael Hodgman has been celebrated at a packed memorial service at Hobart's Federation Concert Hall.

About 1000 people, including the Governor Peter Underwood, the Premier Lara Giddings, Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas and other VIPs, heard Mr Hodgman was a man who embraced life, and was honourable, gentle, charming and generous.

Wearing his father's distinctive Australian flag tie, State Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said his father was a man who loved his family, Tasmania, the Liberal Party and the Geelong Football Club foremost among his broad range of passions.

"He promised he would never waste a day of his life and he didn't -- right up to the last precious day we spent with him," Mr Hodgman said.

Farewell Michael Hodgman

Broadcaster Charles Woolley told the service that Mr Hodgman was a man with few enemies and lots of friends, the passionate advocate for all things Tasmania.

Michael Hodgman's daughter, Tori Hodgman, said her father was an inspiration who would have loved the pomp and ceremony of his final farewell.

"Dad would be loving every second of this," she said.

Ms Hodgman said her father was a devoted husband, father and member of parliament who had been unafraid to tread his own course.

The 80-minute service featured bible readings, the Geelong Football Club theme song and concluded with the singing of God Save the Queen.

Mr Hodgman, 74, died last month after a long illness.

Affectionately known as The Mouth from the South during his time in federal parliament, he was known for his intellect, his advocacy skills, his astonishing memory and his sense of humour.


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