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Robert S. Hopkins, Jr.

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“Joyce and I were saddened to hear about Breezy's passing. My apologies for the late condolences but we just returned from an extended absence.Paul &...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“One of a-kind person he was the reason I finished school he will be missed. used to stop in and visit when I was home on leave. My sincere sympathies...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Corey Dagesse - Sumter, SC

“Bob was the best of neighbors to my Mom and Dad, Barbara and Ted Blow, and a wonderful friend to me and my family. The world has lost a free...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Beverly Mack - Lawrence, KS

“Hop was such a great person! I work at Davita Dialysis and I loved talking to him about everything from how the machines work to the Uconn Huskies...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Marcel Aube - Vernon, CT - friend

“My favorite teacher and a good friend. A role model for life, a thoroughly decent man with just the right touch of anarchy. One of my best memories...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: David Tarr - Washington, DC

“Our sincere sympathies for your loss. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

“He was a good man and will be missed. I don't think he ever met a stranger and he had a great memory for people!Our condolences,Gerri Nugent-Willson...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Rip ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to Paul and the rest the Hopkins family. He was a great teacher. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Rick Kempinski - Washington, DC

“He taught me to love science and always made me laugh. A huge loss! You will be missed Mr. Hopkins! Class of 94 ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Holly Kennedy camlin - Exeter, NH

“Dusted off the old year book, seems Mr. Hopkins was one of the few people to call me Pete. "Do not abandon your Inquisitiveness!" Words...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Peter Marotto - South Windsor, CT

“He was a wonderful science teacher and mentor. I will always remember our after school chats....he always found time to listen and share his wisdom....Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Danielle Kleczkowski - Durham, CT

“One of, if not my favorite teacher in High School. Just a little story I always tell about him..... I was late for my first class with him due to...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Ryan Papp - Elkton, MD - student

“Mr. Hopkins was one of two great men that I had the pleasure of knowing. I will always long for the last dinner that was on hold for him to be well....Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Ronda - South Windsor - student

“Bob was a man with unusual and uncanny insight into all sorts of situations and people. I considered him a Good Friend when we worked together at...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“A life well lived. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Billy Barry - San Carlos, CA


Robert S. Hopkins, Jr. (Breezy, Hop, Hoppy) graduated from this world with honors and distinction on April 2, 2017. His birth during the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 gave him the nickname Breezy. During his early youth he survived the Hartford Circus Fire, polio, and the death of his mother. Hop was deeply intelligent, passionate about an endless number of hobbies and interests, and he had a lifelong love of learning. He was a gifted, kind, and quirky educator who had a special appreciation for people who didn't fit neatly into a box. He remained in contact with students, educators, and staff from his many years of service at South Windsor High School. Just a few of his many interests were: sailing and wooden boats, music from Dixieland jazz to classical to rock, apples, architecture, aviation, vintage autos and motorcycles, food (from fine dining to mystery leftovers, and especially being up to his ears in barbecue), literature, anything to do with words on paper, UCONN women's basketball, creative recycling and digging in the dirt. Each of these led him to fascinating people with whom he maintained personal connections that were very important to him. His dislikes included bureaucracy, bad grammar, mindless consumption, waste, willful ignorance, BS, and Facebook. Hop was deeply loved by his family, including his former wife and best friend Jean, his children Paul (Amy), and Sarah (Jim), grandsons Will and Josh, Luke Hopkins and family, and dear sister Sally Stanwicks and family. With great grace and patience he endured treatment for kidney failure and a variety of other indignities without ever losing his good humor. A celebration of life will be held May 13, 4 PM at City Steam Brewery Cafe. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice. Better yet, have a great meal with someone you love, or plant a tree.