NEWBURG AND HAMPDEN - James Robert Hopkins, 82, passed away peacefully at his Newburgh residence on August 3, 2014. He was born March 23, 1932, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Louis and Lena Mae (Bishop) Hopkins.
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Hoppie was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps. from 1951-1953. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Orrington and Hampden. Hoppie was a railroad man, working for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad for 30 years.
Hoppie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bettielou (Smith) Hopkins; daughter, Madeleine Hopkins Hathaway and husband Wayne, son, James Robert Hopkins Jr. and wife Susan, also survived by a daughter, Melissa Frost Madden and husband, Jim. Papa had five grandchildren, Heath Hathaway, Ali Hathaway Bennett, Jessica Hopkins and husband B. L. Lippert, Jeremy Hopkins and wife, Mandy, Troy Hopkins and wife, Jennifer; seven great-grandchildren, Oliver Hathaway, Kallie Bennett, Case and Lincoln Lippert, Hadley Hopkins, Alexandra Hopkins, and soon to be born, Lena Mae Hopkins; brother-in-law, George Smith and wife, Carol, special cousin, Dusty Fisher and wife, Ellen, many nieces and nephews. His childhood friend, Dick Cratty, and his extended family, Paul and Lynn Trotochaud and girls, Andrew and Sheila St. Amant, Frank and Brenda Messina, Glen and Patty Carey, and wonderful friend and neighbor, Rita Ward. Hoppie was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, his twin Jean Cunningham, Lois Ann Woodman, and Janis Joyner.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the Dysart family. Thank you to the staff at Dysart's Travel Stop in Newburgh for all their friendship and support. Many friends were made having nightly coffee at the store. Thank you to the morning coffee group at Main Street McDonalds. Papa loved his John Deere Tractor, his red VW Bug, Rusty his cat, and Buddy his dog.
Services will be private for the family. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Aug. 4, 2014