The Palos Verdes Peninsula lost a loving husband, dedicated father, and long-time friend on April 11th when Jim Hodgins passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59. James Richard Hodgins was born in Seattle, Washington on September 23, 1946. His family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut where he attended high school and later graduated from Western Connecticut University. Jim and his wife Cyndi were married on October 19, 1986, the same year that Jim began working as a general contractor and opened his own company, Hodgins Development, Inc. on the Peninsula. Contracting was the perfect job for Jim - he loved making things better and more functional, he loved making new friends, and he loved the community. Above all, Jim loved his family, and this love was evident in everything he did. He was an adventurous man - a passionate, possibly obsessive, vintage car racer; an avid SCUBA diver; a man who loved fishing and travel. He was an assistant coach in AYSO for several years and was a very active leader in the Palos Verdes Basketball Association (PVBA) where he coached his daughters Megan and Kathryn and later became one of the league's division Commissioners. Jim is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Cyndi, his daughters Amy (34) of Norwalk, CT, Megan (15), and Kathryn (11) of Palos Verdes Estates, and his siblings Ted Hodgins of West Dundee, IL, Betty Lou Bartky of Bethesda, MD and Margaret Fogarty of Derby, CT. A Celebration of Jim's life will take place at the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates on Friday, May 19 at 1:00PM.

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  1. Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a sudden shock to all of us. I knew Jim for over the 20 years I’ve been around the program. We connected from the very beginning, probably because we are so much alike. I always respected his abilities and outlook on life — he was a model of success for me. I loved our fishing trips and trips to Las Vegas, as I know he did, too. For all of our fishing trips, I did hold the record for the biggest fish, which he tried desperately to beat. I talked to Jim frequently and with my experience in hospitals, understood the trials he was going through. With his passing, I lost a role model, a sponsor and, most of all, my best friend. I will never forget Jim and will carry him with me the rest of my life. I will always try to remember the principles he taught me and try to live them in his memory. My thoughts are with you and your daughters and will be there for you if I can ever do anything for the family. I’m sorry I can’t make Jim’s memorial — I’m stuck up here in Seattle doing a job and can’t get away. Jim knows I’d be there if I could and hope you understand. God bless you and your family.

  2. Cyndi, My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and the girls at this time of terrific loss and sorrow. You are such a good friend to those around you, Cyndi. I know you will miss Jim a lot as will the girls. Please call on me for anything you may need. Much love and condolences, Maureen

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