We bring the sad news that Peter (“Salty”) Hodge passed away on Tuesday morning in Manorlands after a short illness. A quiet, unassuming, man, Peter was happier in the background but many people at Wharfedale will have played in the lower teams under his management and he will be greatly missed. Mick Greenwood recalls that Salty assisted David Paling with the 4th and 5th teams and took over management of the 5th team after David retired. His duties involved selection and contacting players (as always a thankless and time-consuming task), running touch and, most importantly, baby-sitting Mick’s three children and Cabbage’s two, ably assisted by Annie Heyes.
Salty was a great supporter of the club’s junior section as his son Andrew was growing up, culminating in his running the London Marathon in a WRUFC t-shirt in 1997 to raise money for the juniors. Although well into his 50s, Peter finished the course in under 41/2 hours. As the years went by and Andrew’s rowing career took off, Peter found himself travelling the world immersed in a new sport, which took him to countless European and World championships and 4 Olympic Games from Athens to Rio, so with less time for rugby. He eventually handed responsibility for the team to Mick, arriving at Mick’s house in a shiny new Jaguar convertible (a car he had always wanted) to hand over the phone lists and notepad. Despite the new-found interest in rowing, Salty remained a great supporter of the club and a regular in the Shed with his wife Liv. We send our condolences to Liv, Andrew and Carry.
At Peter’s request, there will be no funeral but donations in his memory can be sent to Manorlands through a fund-raising page at https://peterhodge.muchloved.com/