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“To the Hodgson Family. Thank you for being there! I have very fond memories of Uncle Jay. His contributions to a little kid growing up in Temple,...Read More »
1 of 61 | Posted by: Louis Cephus - mesquite, TX

“To the Hodgson Family. Thank you for being there! I have very fond memories of Uncle Jay. His contributions to a little kid growing up in Temple,...Read More »
2 of 61 | Posted by: Louis Cephus - Mesquite, Texas

“Dear Hodgson Family-My condolences on the loss of your husband/father. Some of my fondest memories about my time in Texas were the weekends out at...Read More »
3 of 61 | Posted by: Valerie Kokor - Avondale Estates, GA

“BW, Wayne, Wes, Denise and Debbie- My sincere condolences to you all. I remember fondly my interactions with Jay, especially during visits to your...Read More »
4 of 61 | Posted by: Beverly Nolt - TX

“My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Hodgson family at this time. We grew up watching Uncle Jay and Packer Jack and it...Read More »
5 of 61 | Posted by: Billy, Linda and Mrs. Bill Boatright - TX

“Our prayers are with your family. My family will always remember Uncle Jay in our hearts. I have a family member that was on the show, and they...Read More »
6 of 61 | Posted by: Mark - Round Rock, TX

“To Mrs. Hodgson and family, Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Hodgson's passing. In the...Read More »
7 of 61 | Posted by: Harold Raines - Avon, IN

“Barbara, Denise, Wesley, Wayne, Debbie and Jaryd Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have many fond memories of time spent with your family as...Read More »
8 of 61 | Posted by: Phyllis & Fred Zumwalt, Katie & Harley Stout - TX

“I'm a "native Austinite" born in 1949. I think it was in 1956 when I was on the "Uncle Jay Show" and re- ceived a dump truck as a birthday gift....Read More »
9 of 61 | Posted by: Kenneth E. Koon - Austin, TX

“Wes, I want to express my sincere condolences to you and the rest of your family. May God be with you and your family in this very difficult time...Read More »
10 of 61 | Posted by: Judy Kropp - Taylor, TX

“Barbara, Denise, Wesley, Wayne, Debbie and Jaryd, Our thoughts and prayers to your family! Daron and Joe ”
11 of 61 | Posted by: Daron Goertz - Austin, TX

“Wes, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Know that I am thinking of you. ”
12 of 61 | Posted by: Mandy Holt - Austin, TX

“i worked with jay in 1978 during my first job in television. he was a professional with years of experience and i was a wet-behind-the-ears kid...Read More »
13 of 61 | Posted by: michael turcot - san diego, CA

“I don't think I ever missed a day of tuning in. Uncle Jay was a big part of what made my childhood such a happy one. You helped to make better adults...Read More »
14 of 61 | Posted by: Jeanette Cunningham, Jr - Austin, TX

“To the Hodgson family. We're very sorry to hear about your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give your family strength...Read More »
15 of 61 | Posted by: Krag Nordyke - Austin, TX

“Wes and family, My deepest sympathies on your loss. Maria Vega ”
16 of 61 | Posted by: Maria Vega - Austin, TX

“I also knew Uncle Jay as a kid. It was later in my life that I remember one certain thing....The "lesson" I got pitching horseshoes with him at the...Read More »
17 of 61 | Posted by: Lisa Pennington - San Antonio, TX

“Barbara, Dear, While there are many thousands of people out there who fondly remember "Uncle Jay" and who will be offering sincere condolences to...Read More »
18 of 61 | Posted by: Hal Nelson - Austin, TX

“Dear Denise and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jay will live on in our happy memories of him. Sincerely, Pat and Stan Briggs ”
19 of 61 | Posted by: Pat and Stan Briggs - Austin, TX

“Hodgson Family, Your dad was such a major part of my much younger years, yes by being on the Uncle Jay show but on a more personal level. I enjoyed...Read More »
20 of 61 | Posted by: Patty Harris Melchior - Austin, TX

“With role models like Uncle Jay, growing up was a positive experience. The ideals and integrity that he passed along helped us to navigate storms and...Read More »
21 of 61 | Posted by: Sharon Duncan - Austin, TX

“Wes, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. God bless, Mitra Kookma ”
22 of 61 | Posted by: Mitra Kookma - Austin, TX

“I, like so many others, was on the Uncle Jay show. It was the greatest form of entertainment for us in the 50's and 60's. I saw Uncle Jay a few...Read More »
23 of 61 | Posted by: Bonnie Rathke - Pflugerville, TX

“I remember "Uncle Jay" with great affection when we both worked at KTBC. He was a loyal friend and dedicated staff member. My Mother will be sad to...Read More »
24 of 61 | Posted by: Lynda Johnson Robb - McLean, VA

“Wes, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. May God give you and your family strength through this...Read More »
25 of 61 | Posted by: Susana Garcia - Taylor, TX

“My condolences to the family of Jay Hodgson. Uncle Jay was always like the community television icon of family entertainment during the afternoons...Read More »
26 of 61 | Posted by: Allan Becker - TX

“Thank you "Uncle Jay" for all those shows and teaching us values that would hopefully make us good citizens as we grew up. I enjoyed every minute...Read More »
27 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Lane - TX

“Wes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Please know that your father touched so many young lives ...Read More »
28 of 61 | Posted by: Randy Deavers - Georgetown, TX

“My condolences go out to the family of Jay Hodgson, but I am so pleased to have grown up with Uncle Jay in my early life! He has given very much to...Read More »
29 of 61 | Posted by: Michael Emery - Austin, TX

“"Uncle Jay" was a BIG deal as we were growing up. All of us would gather round the TV and watch EVERY DAY to see who was having a birthday. He was a...Read More »
30 of 61 | Posted by: Charlie Crenshaw - Austin, TX

“Debbie, My condolences to you and Jaryd and your entire family. ”
31 of 61 | Posted by: Warren Bell - Austin, TX

“Wes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God grants us many blessings in life, and your Father was one of them. God's peace. ”
32 of 61 | Posted by: Julie Beisert - Austin, TX

“Wes, My condolences to you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Julie ”
33 of 61 | Posted by: Julie Irby - Austin, TX

“Thank you Uncle Jay. I will always remember you with love for the hours of joy and fun you provided throughout my childhood.You touched many people's...Read More »
34 of 61 | Posted by: Kimberlee Majkszak - Austin, TX

“There will always be an Uncle Jay! God bless. ”
35 of 61 | Posted by: Bink & Sherran Williams - Austin, TX

“Denise, Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. With Love, Dean, Will and Trent ”
36 of 61 | Posted by: Dean Robinson - Pflugerville, TX

“Wesley and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. ”
37 of 61 | Posted by: Stephanie Elder Walker - Austin, TX

“I had the privilege of watching Jay all throughout my childhood and then working with him at the station in my early career from 1973 to 1978. He...Read More »
38 of 61 | Posted by: James Leach - CA

“Sincere condolences to the family of Uncle Jay, who provided a safe and friendly place for kids after school in the warmth of their own home. I...Read More »
39 of 61 | Posted by: John Witherspoon - El Paso, TX

“Dear Hodgson Family, I send heartfelt condolences to all of you on your loss. Your family has a special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing...Read More »
40 of 61 | Posted by: Marty Orozco - Houston, TX

“I grew up watching "Uncle Jay" on TV and fondly remember his gentle nature and fun ways. He was a wonderful influence on my life. I wish there were...Read More »
41 of 61 | Posted by: Janice Pilgrim - austin, TX

“My sincere condolences to the Hodgson family. Very fond memories of growing up with "Uncle Jay" I went to high school with Wayne and Wes and...Read More »
42 of 61 | Posted by: Keith Stramler - Round Rock, TX

“When you think of Jay, you can help but think of the good old days of Austin. Jay enjoyed life to its fullest and he made working on television a...Read More »
43 of 61 | Posted by: Mark Hanna - Austin, TX

“Growing up in an Austin that was very different and more peaceful than today, Jay Hodgson (Uncle Jay)was one of the most memorible parts of my...Read More »
44 of 61 | Posted by: Floyd Ward - Austin, TX

“We offer our deepest sympathy. ”
45 of 61 | Posted by: Robert and Kathy Reeves - Austin, TX

“Barbara, the Kellam and Mayo families remember Jay with affection. He and Princess were among the first TV 'personalities' in Austin, when TV was a...Read More »
46 of 61 | Posted by: Nita Louise and Jack Mayo - TX

“Barbara, Wayne,Wesley, Denise,Debbie, I do remember the wonderful Hodgson family. I hold dear the memories we made living on Reese Lane. Uncle ...Read More »
47 of 61 | Posted by: Connie Stone Kinnard - Austin, TX

“Thank You Uncle Jay for being a compassionate and morale person during the late 60's era. You were so kind to everyone. I was so excited to be on...Read More »
48 of 61 | Posted by: Cynthia Rivera - Lockhart, TX

“For lots of us kids of the Fifties & Sixties in Austin, Uncle Jay was a bigger & more influential media figure than anyone else in our childhood...Read More »
49 of 61 | Posted by: Cliff & Lynda Sparks - Elroy, TX

“So long Uncle Jay. You and Packer Jack gave me many a happy time while growing up in Austin. I remember bringing a tiny, baby horned toad to your...Read More »
50 of 61 | Posted by: Dick Peterson - Manor, TX

“I have such fond memories of growing up in an Austin with "Uncle Jay." On February 8, 1962--my 8th birthday--I had the honor of being on the Uncle...Read More »
51 of 61 | Posted by: Jan (Wukasch) Pelosi - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry to hear of "Uncle Jay's" passing. Myself and 3 of my brothers (all in our late 40's) were on the show in the 60's numerous times for...Read More »
52 of 61 | Posted by: Carla Bartz - Pflugerville, TX

“Wes, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lean on your family and friends and let us help in these times. Randy and Debbie McDonald (Mac band ...Read More »
53 of 61 | Posted by: Rand (Randy) McDonald - Austin, TX

“Uncle Jay and Cactus Pryor are the best known Austinites from the 50's. Uncle Jay will be remembered for the happiness he brought to "every" child in...Read More »
54 of 61 | Posted by: Nat Bradford - Austin, TX 78723, TX

“My condolences go out to the entire Hodgson family at this time. My thoughts go out to each of you. Jay was a good man, and will surely be missed. ”
55 of 61 | Posted by: Paul Szendrey - Georgetown, TX

“Thanks to the Hodgson family for sharing "Uncle Jay" with the kids of Austin. As a child, his program was wonderful entertainment and I have vivid...Read More »
56 of 61 | Posted by: Sherry Chambers - Round Rock, TX

“Debbie and Denise, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. My mother passed away just a few weeks ago and I know the pain and sorrow you are...Read More »
57 of 61 | Posted by: Susan (Howell) Templeton - TX

“Hodgsons, I'm so sorry to hear about Jay passing away. I enjoyed so much coming over to your house and hanging around. Then going out to the ranch...Read More »
58 of 61 | Posted by: Robert Foster - Austin, TX

“Uncle Jay was full of life and fun. He had a great ski boat back in the day and would take the camera crew out on it for a spin around Lake Austin...Read More »
59 of 61 | Posted by: Bruce Bryant - Houston, TX

“Jay meant so much to so many. He was our friend and colleague -- in the finest sense of both terms. Connie and I offer deepest condolences to his...Read More »
60 of 61 | Posted by: Neal Spelce - Austin, TX

“My sincere condolances to the entire Hodgson family. It's been many years since I've seen any of you, but the fond memories of hanging out at the...Read More »
61 of 61 | Posted by: Bob Young - Harlingen, TX


Robert Mark Jay Hodgson Jay Hodgson, age 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 27, 2007. Jay was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 24th, 1928. He honorably served his country in WWII in the Navy as a communications specialist. Upon discharge he attended the University of Utah, to later transfer to the University of Texas at Austin graduating in radio journalism. Jay’s career was with channel 7 KTBC during the formative years of television. He was well known as Uncle Jay in the children's television show the “Uncle Jay Show” that aired in the central Texas area for 25 years. In addition, he was known for appearing in a variety of public affairs programming and was with KTBC for 38 years. After retirement, Jay and his wife enjoyed traveling abroad and life in the country. Jay is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; children Wayne of Atlanta; Wesley and Denise of Austin; Debbie and Grandson Jaryd of Cedar Creek. The family will hold a private gathering. Those who wish to give memorials may donate to MD Anderson Brain and Spine Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-4095. Obituary and guestbook online at wcfish.com