Joseph H. Hodgson, 99, of Fairfield, died May 2 in Cambridge Manor, Fairfield.

Born in Gloversville, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Katharine Hurd Hodgson. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. During World War II, he Hodgson worked at Go-Co, a government-operated ammunition facility in Salt Lake City. He later worked for the Remington Arms Co. and retired as a manager.

He was a longtime member of the Parish of Christ's Church in Easton, where he was a frequent member of the vestry and served on the building committee for the new church. He also served on the building committee for Joel Barlow High School in Redding.

He played semi-professional baseball and in the Industrial Softball leagues. He was active in the Easton Little League and was one of the founders of the Easton Hawks team. A member of the NRA, he was a life member of the Aspetuck Gun Club and a member of the Lordship Gun Club.

Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy H. Rea of Kennett Square, Pa.; a son, Joseph H. Hodgson Jr. of North Carolina; three grandchildren and their families, Katherine Galm, her husband Christopher and their children Spencer and Charlotte of Washington, D.C., David H. Rea, his wife Andrea and their children Andrew and Lucy of Brussels, Belgium, and Vanessa Hodgson of North Carolina. He was predeceased by a sister, Sally Hodgson Merritt.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. May 6 in the Parish of Christ's Church, Easton, with the Rev. Ellen Huber officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Parish of Christ's Church, 59 Church Road, Easton, CT 06612, or to a favorite charity. Arrangements are handled by the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit