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Johnny Hodgson Speech At the Celebration of Fernando Hodgson Valery Life, October 14, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen I am here to speak to you regarding the best way to celebrate the life of who was known as Fernando Hodgson Valery, the man who in life was so dear to us all, and whose memory in death will be equally so. He was so dear to us because of the qualities that characterize him and because of the deeds which he had done. He gained the love and admiration of all.

 

Fernando Hodgson entered this life in Bluefields the 30th of September 1941 His primary education was received at the Catholic San Jose School conducted under the auspices of the La Salle Christian Brothers. His secondary education was at the Catholic Cristobal Colon Institute also conducted under the auspices of the La Salle Christian brothers, where he acquired the degree of private accountant. As a student he was very intelligent and apt. His relations in regular school, Sunday school, and other social meetings were always of a gentleman and good conduct. He was bountifully blest with the gift of excellent human relation.

 

I will not talk about his prowess in base ball or what he did for sports in general because from here we will go to the stadium and I am sure they will be sharing details of his life as an athlete.

 

 Just like his brothers and sisters he was a dutiful son, a fine brother, a very responsible father, a good friend, uncle, cousin, family a nice comrade, that participated in so many progressive civil organization already mentioned, for the betterment of the Caribbean Coast People.

 

When Fernando finished studying at the Cristobal Colon high school he went to work at the Metallic mine in Rosita and learn about all the gold that we as Caribbean Coast had. Then he came back to Bluefields and started working in the fishing industry, where as a result of his excellent performance he was continuously promoted until he got to be the General Manager of the largest fishing company in Nicaragua. Everywhere he worked he got recognition for his excellent performance. From all the places he worked he was able to step out with his head high.  That is one of the important legacy that Fernando left for us the people of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. This is an example for us to follow.

 

In the 1980´s when the Ministry of Fisheries was created, Fernando was considered, selected and named Vice Minister of fisheries because of his leadership, excellent job and human relation performed as worker and General Manager in the fishing industry. As worker and boss Fernando was Strict but Gentle, When Fernando was in such a high position, the people that worked with him were treated more like comrades than subordinates. He always tell them, We have to be punctual, we have do our job the right way so people in and out can see and know that we the people from the Caribbean Coast can do the job best.  He was never a conformist; he never wanted our job to be just good, he always say we have to do the best.  Fernando was already a successful business man over 50 years of age when we got universities in Bluefields, but his will of getting the tools to do the best for the coast sent him to study the career of Public accountant and finances at a professional level at the BICU where hi graduated a few years ago.

 

Fernando Hodgson was not only a dedicated good student and worker; he was an entrepreneur. When he decided to become a businessman, a self employed person, a man that was going to be his own boss, he got into some of the traditional business like retail shop and hotel services, but also into new area of business like money delivery (remittances) cable television, water processing, agriculture and even the high quality fry chicken business (in fact he was about to inaugurate this building where we are now) Fernando was a hard working man, he came from below he didn’t inherited riches or properties, all he got is what he worked so very hard for.  He performed so well as a businessman that he was elected by the organized business people of Bluefields to be the President of the Chamber of Commerce. He did it so well that when his term was up they asked him to be the advisor of the chamber, and this he did until the day of his death.

 

Fernando Hodgson wasn’t perfect, none of us are, but when he assumed any responsibility he performed to the best of his ability.  ¿You know why he worked so hard and did things so very well?  He worked with dedication so that we his family, friends, love ones and coastlanders in general could feel proud. But you most not confuse proudness with arrogance, Fernando did not feel better than others, and he did not want us as Caribbean Coast people to wrongly feel like we are better or less than others. We may be different, but just as good as others. That is why we must always remember the # 1 principle of our Autonomy UNITY IN DIVERSITY (if we want to build the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua that Fernando Hodgson was struggling for, We need to work to the best of our ability to achieve unity in diversity.)  The Caribbean coast of our dreams is going to be a reality when we begin to work in unity …mískito, sumo, rama, garífuna , mestizos and creoles….. Anglicans, Moravians, Catholic, Evangelist, Adventist, Jehovah witnesses, Baptist, and all other religious denomination, …Liberals, Yátamas, Conservatives, Sandinistas, and other political denominations to build unity in diversity and reconciliation..

 

For 65 years Fernando was running ahead of us, leading us with the flag of Caribbean coast proudness. On Tuesday the 10th of October he was call out of this world by the highest master. The flag that he was carrying high is down. The best recognition, the best way to value Fernando Hodgson example in its real dimension, one of the best way to celebrate Fernando Hodgson life is to pick up the flag that he was carrying and continue to keep it high. Continue to do the things that make the Caribbean Coast people to feel proud. 

 

We have lost a great man, so we mourn, the family and friends share and receive condolences (my condolence to the Family and to the Caribbean coast people) all are sad and we can even cry but we can’t  stay just with the mourning. We have to rescue all the good deeds and the good example that Fernando Hodgson gave us in life. That is how he would like us to celebrate his life. We need to do this, then Fernando Hodgson will keep living in our hearts.

 

MAY GOD BLESS US ALL                                                                                                          

picture taken at Dodgers stadium - courtesy of Don Gato


Johnny Hodgson

Queridos y apreciados amigos:

Bluefields, RAAS, Oct. 10-2006-Les escribo para comunicarles la triste y muy conmovedora noticia de la muerte de nuestro querido amigo, familiar y destacado costeño y costeñista FERNANDO HODGSON VALERY murió esta tarde en el puerto El Bluff a las 3:30 de la tarde, estamos esperando su cuerpo en estos momentos para la vela. Mañana les escribiré para darles mas detalles de como fue su muerte. No hay ninguna persona que haya estado relacionado con Bluefields que no conoce a Fernando Hodgson, no hay ninguna persona en La Costa que haya tenido relación con la Series del Atlántico que no hayan conocido a Fernando Hodgson, Si algún día usted estuvo relacionado con la pesca en La Costa seguramente conoció la calidad de persona que fue Fernando Hodgson y si algún día tuvo algún negocio en Bluefields y se relacionó con la Cámara de comercio seguramente conoció a Fernando Hodgson y todos los que le han conocido saben que ha sido una excelente persona siempre dispuesto a hacer lo mejor que puede por La Costa. 

Estamos realmente de luto, estamos tristes, pero así es la vida hoy estamos presentes en cuerpo y alma y mañana ya estamos solamente en la mente y corazón de nuestra gente si hicimos bien las cosas. Lo importante es que durante su vida siempre hizo todo lo que estuvo a su alcance para poner en alto el nombre de la Costa Caribe de Nicaragua. Y en general hizo bien las cosas. Veamos quien va levantar la bandera que el estaba cargando para seguir poniendo en alto a la Costa Caribe de Nicaragua. 

La Prensa Sucesos

Descartan Mano Criminal en Muerte De Empresario
La Prensa Sucesos 

 


Lic. Denis Bermudez,  
Miami, Florida.
debermudez@hotmail.com

Estimados amigos,

Con relacion a la muerte de nuestro amigo, ex-jefe Fernando Hodgson,  Trabaje muy de cerca casi 2 anos con Fernando en el departmento de contabilidad donde el era el contador general, yo creo que fue para mi, y muchos de nosotros como ( Santos Reyes, Adrian Gamez, Winston Miller, Carlos Martinuz, Carrol Woo, el gran Victorino Castro, Chale Ramirez, Morsby Taylor, el famoso diablo Robert Bartlett. y muchos otros mas que no recuerdo su nombre pero si sus caras, un placer trabajar al lado de Fernando. 

Todo este tiempo que trabaje con el, siempre demostro ser un gran caballero, un excelente jefe, progresista y de primera mano se que Fernando era un autentico Blufileno, pudo salir de Nicaragua, tener tremendas opurtunidades y se quedo en su querido Bluefields, siempre luchando por el desarrollo de su tierra natal. Me lo encontre por casualidad en Managua, hace unos meses en la rotonda de Bello Horizonte, me platico brevemente su plan de poner una rosticeria de pollos en Bluefields, lo anime para que lo hiciera.

Le entregue una foto de su visita a Miami Florida, en un homenaje que le hicimos al recordado y querido hermano Lucas Constancio, Ex director del Colon de Bluefields (recien fallecido ). Se emociono y me dijo regalamela que la voy ampliar, y asi le cumpli su voluntad, como me lo agradecio, recuerdo su admiracion al hermano Lucas y al Colon de Bluefields. Todos los que trabajos con el, siempre lo recordaremos con mucho carino, una sensible perdidad para el pueblo de Bluefields, descanse en paz Fernando, me solidarlizo con su familia y amigos que mucho lo quisieron. 

Saludes

Lic. Denis Bermudez,  
Miami, Florida.
debermudez@hotmail.com

 


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