FAMILY, friends and the wider community are today mourning the passing of Layton Hodgetts after a long struggle with cancer.
A true leader in our community, Layton was known far and wide as the founding father of the Derwent Valley Concert Band, and closer to home he will be remembered as a friend and teacher to many, and a key figure in New Norfolk’s history.
Derwent Valley Council deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove said the region had lost an iconic and inspired member of the community who had touched the lives of a significant number of people. “I greatly admired Layton’s passion for music, knowledge and kindness to all,” Cr Cosgrove said.
Former Derwent Valley Concert Band secretary Antony Cave said Layton’s passion for music had been heard by thousands. “You built a community, inspired us, touched our hearts and we will never, never forget,” Mr Cave said.
Condolences have been offered by the Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, to Layton’s wide circle of friends, family and colleagues. “He lived and breathed community spirit, a gentleman in every way. A big loss for the Valley,” Mr Mitchell said.
Fellow music teacher and lead singer of the Giant Hamsters, David Minchin, said he had replaced Layton at Warrane High School when he transferred to New Norfolk High. “He was indeed a dedicated and talented teacher and musician. More than that he was an absolutely respected and admired gentleman by all who knew him. A more humble genuine person you’d never meet,” Mr Minchin said.
Former Hobart lord mayor Rob Valentine said Layton would be remembered as “the true gentleman he truly was, giving so much to the community over his many years of involvement in things musical. May he indeed rest in peace, and many condolences to his family,” Mr Valentine said.
Picture: Derwent Valley Concert Band