CWO Richard John (Rick) Hodgkinson, CD, RCCS (Retired)

26 Dec 19

Born 19 November 1942 in Epsom, England, recently passed quietly in the night at WRC Veteran Wing in Regina, SK, 26 December 2019 at the age of 77 from complications due to Alzheimer’s.  Richard (Rick) was predeceased by his parents Richard and Annie Hodgkinson; sister Dianna Gibson, and loving wife Sandy Hodgkinson.  Rick is survived by their two sons Brent (Kim and grandson Liam), and Brad (Cindy and grandson Daryle), and brother Randy (Deb and daughters Amanda, Shawna).  Rick and Mother Annie (War Bride) traveled to Canada via boat in 1944.  Arriving in Victoria, BC, they were reunited with father Richard (Dick) after the war.  Rick was an active child that grew to love the outdoors.  Whether riding up to Goldstream to go fishing for Salmon, or down to the wharf by the mill to fish for whatever he could catch, including a “Skate” that was so big that it tipped the scale used to weigh large logs at the mill.  He talked about bringing one “wing” of the fish home to his parents, riding his bike with the wing dragging on the ground on both sides.  Rick spoke fondly of his adventures with “Cousin Johnny” playing sports and whatever other shenanigans the two could get themselves into.  At age 17, Rick enlisted with the reserves, and at 18 with the Canadian Armed Forces.  He served 32 years, being “Posted” all across Canada.  His career also took him to Germany, and Cairo for United Nations Peace Keeping Duties in the Gaza strip.  Rick was very proud of his military career and gained the respect of many fellow soldiers over the years.  Rick retired from the military in 1992, and shortly after started with PWGSC in COMSEC Division.  He worked in securities Canada, and was involved in developing encryption for the “Canadarm” program.  He worked alongside American Counterparts for NSA, working with Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).  Rick again retired in 2003 and did consulting for a year.  Finally retiring all together, he and wife Sandy moved back to Saskatchewan to be closer to family once again.  The two enjoyed fishing, wood working, crafts and getting together with friends Frank and Shirley Martin.  With Sandy passing in 2010, Rick continued his favorite pastimes with family and friends until his passing in 2019.  Rick will be missed by many.  Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at