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John Stephen Hopwood

November 9, 1928 - February 12, 2013


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of
our beloved John Hopwood. John passed away peacefully
February 12th at Kootenay Lake Hospital, with his family
at his side. He was born in Nelson, Nov 9th, 1928 to Ernie
and Beth Hopwood. John joined the Nelson Gyro Club in
1949 and was proud to be its’ longest standing member of
64 years. East Kootenay was often inundated with John and
his buddies George Turner, Uncle George, his dad Ernie,
Geoff Hartridge, Gerry Townsend, George Scott and George
Colletti for those ‘gone hunting’ weeks. One of his new
hunting friends suggested that when he reached the promise
land he might want to ask all those elk if they forgive him.

John and Caroline married in 1975, and after retiring
from BC Tel, they began their snowbird journey in 1984.
Together they spent 19 years meeting new friends, enjoying
the sunshine and learning new activites. John joined the
Nelson Electric Tramway in 1998 enjoying the comradery of
the volunteers and showing visitors and residents the City he
was so proud to call home.

John was predeceased by his mother Beth, his daughter
Shari, his father Ernie and his sister Jo-Anne. John is survived
by his wife Caroline, his sons Steve and Keith, his daughters
Catherine and Lori, his sister Shelagh and her husband Herb,
grandchildren Daryl, Kelly, Justin, Christopher, Kimberly,
great-grandson Tyson, numerous and well loved nieces,
nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Celebration of Life to take place at a later date. In lieu
of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to Kootenay Lake
Hospital Foundation Equipment Fund #3 View St. Nelson
BC V1L2V1. We are grateful to Dr K McKechnie, Dr P
Walker, their staff and the nurses on the 3rd floor of KLH for
all the support shown.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Joan Billett
Relation: friend

Caroline I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful person and I have many great memories of working with him especially the winter games in Nelson.
Grief like the ocean, comes in waves only to recede and come yet again But with it comes healing. Memories wash ashore and are bathed by the golden sun.
Grab hold of those memories and let them fill the empliness
But ithit comes healing

From: Cyndi Sarton
Relation: Friend

Caroline and family…. my heart aches for your loss. He was the true epitome of what an honest, kind, caring, thoughtful, wonderful MAN should be. I am truly blessed and thankful for having the honour of knowing him! My condolences to you all.

From: Pat Leslie
Relation: Worked with John

I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. John defined the word gentleman. I am grateful that I had the good fortune of knowing John. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

From: Christine and Gary McCandlish
Relation: friends

Our condolences to Caroline and family. It was always a pleasure to have chats with John when our paths crossed over many years.

From: Ray and Ann Renee Pettyjohn
Relation: worked at BCTel

So sorry to of Johns passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
Caroline and family. John was a wonderful man.

From: Denise Townsend Drouin
Relation: Niece

I will never forget the endless teasing Uncle John put on me — a special way of receiving his love

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 18, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

The Prestige Lakeside Resort
701 Lakeside Drive
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 6G3

Family will be holding a private interment at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery preceding the reception.

701 Lakeside Drive
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 6G3

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

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