Deceased July 16, 2013
Rich Hopkins passed away at the Edgehill community on July 16, 2013.
Rich graduated from Montclair Academy in 1945. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he entered Amherst, where he joined Alpha Delta Phi; was on the squash, tennis, and hockey teams; and captained the sailing team. His most fun claim to fame was being on the swimming team and being its manager. Who could forget his joining the relay team with an unforgettable swim in the final event one night down at Trinity!
After college he spent a happy, fruitful career in the paper and printing industry, working for the Oxford Paper Co., Mead Paper Co. and the W.A. Krueger Co., from which he retired in 1991.A resident of Old Greenwich, Conn., and Riverside [eb1] for the past 56 years, he was selfless in his commitment to family, friends and community. He was a member of the Greenwich Retired Mens Association and was involved with various local organizations. He was a longstanding member of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, where he had been deacon and chair of the board of trustees.
Rich shared his passion for tennis, skiing and sailing with his family and many friends. A champion sailor, he was captain of Thursday’s Child, which he kept moored at the Riverside Yacht Club. He skippered Thursday’s Child on many a voyage with family and friends up and down the New England and mid-Atlantic coast. Outside of Connecticut, Rich kept a special spot in his heart for New London, N.H., where he and his family own a much-loved home, “Windy Top,” built by Rich’s parents in 1965.
Rich is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Hamilton Hopkins, and his three children: Richmond B. Hopkins Jr., Jeffrey Alden Hopkins and Sarah Hopkins Wilson. Rich was the loving grandfather of eight.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
With thanks for contributions from Bobbie Hopkins.
George Hiller ’50