James T. Hopkins

James T. Hopkins “Hoppy” 77, of 65 Main St. Lewis Run, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020, at UPMC Hamot, with his daughter at his side.

Born November 1, 1943 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Truman and Mildred Hopkins. He was a 1961 graduate of Limestone High School.

On January 23, 1962 he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served in the 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, NC. He served in Korea as a Medic, and was honorably discharged on January 22, 1965.

On August 12, 1967 in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, he married Martha (McDonell) Hopkins who preceded him in death on March 24, 2018.

After the service he returned to Bradford, and worked at the old Owens Illinois box plant before he started painting as Hopkins Painting Service in 1973. A 47 year span. In retirement he was often found painting small projects like all of the fire hydrants for the Bradford Water Authority, a majority of the Lewis Run Boro’s drain covers and anything else that didn’t move.

Jim was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying several big out of state hunting and fishing expeditions.

Surviving are two daughters, Mickey (Robert Tobaygo Jr.)  Romania, of Wellsboro, and Kim (Shawn) Sweely, of Canton GA, one son, Eric (Jacki) Hopkins, of Bellefonte, ten grandchildren; Sydney, Taylor & Anthony Romania; Nicole Cappello, Jake, Seth, & Max Sweely; Corinne, Alyssa & Lydia Hopkins and his beloved cat, Oreo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Blake Sweely and siblings Janet Graziano, Kathleen Nolf, Frances Cook and Richard Hopkins.

Family and friends will be invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at a later date and time to be announced. Military Honors and burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Dept. or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

So sorry to hear about Hoppy. He was certainly one of a kind. He absolutely worked hard and played hard.
— Brian Vecellio

Jim and my brother John and I grew up together on Leonard Avenue in the 50''s. We rode homemade carts and rode sleds on the street. I wish I had known him better in later life.
— Bob Jarrett

I always enjoyed spending time with JimBob. He always had a story to tell and a smile on his face. Give Martha a hug from me.
— Karen

Such a wonderful man that I got to know very well. Will miss talking with him here in Bellefonte. RIP Jim Bob
— Todd Ripka

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— Debbie

We were blessed to have Jim join us at Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte for a mission trip to Swan Quarter, NC in 2018 with his daughter-in-law Jacki. Jim was such a delight to work with and little did we know a devout friendship developed from that day forward. May he rest in peace with Martha.
— Christine & Lanny King

I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with all of you. Jim Bob was such a sweet man. He will be greatly missed.
— Tara Ripka

I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with all of you. Jim Bob was such a sweet man. He will be greatly missed.
— Tara Ripka

Condolences

  • So sorry to hear about Hoppy. He was certainly one of a kind. He absolutely worked hard and played hard.

    — Brian Vecellio
  • Jim and my brother John and I grew up together on Leonard Avenue in the 50''s. We rode homemade carts and rode sleds on the street. I wish I had known him better in later life.

    — Bob Jarrett
  • I always enjoyed spending time with JimBob. He always had a story to tell and a smile on his face. Give Martha a hug from me.

    — Karen
  • Such a wonderful man that I got to know very well. Will miss talking with him here in Bellefonte. RIP Jim Bob

    — Todd Ripka
  • Deb

    — Debbie