Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:43:10): I commemorate Brian Hodges, a resident of Metford, fondly known as the mayor of Metford, who died recently. He was a hardworking, compassionate and valued member of our community. His Christmas lights rivalled those of the Griswolds' and he would often be found sitting outside on his verandah delighting the children of the neighbourhood.

He was a very skilled crane driver at BHP. After retiring early, he went on to attend the markets with his wife, Diane. He was the kind of man who was very proud of his family. Brian took the time to help others in need.

He and his wife, Diane, are two of our oldest friends in Maitland. We could always rely on them to help us or anyone we knew that needed help. Brian is survived by his loving wife, Diane; his son, Shane; his daughter, Lisa, her partner, Jason, and their children; and, of course, his beloved Rusty.

Vale, Brian.