Stanley Everett Hopkins UEL, CD, MSc, P.Eng, Captain (N) R.C.N. (ret’d)
January 26th, 1928 – October 28th, 2023
Captain Hopkins, age 95, passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital after a short illness. Stanley, the son of Stanley Virgil Hopkins and his wife Ruby Hopkins (nee Corman), was born at the family farm on Guelph Line in Burlington Ontario. He was educated at Burlington High School and entered Royal Roads Naval College as a cadet in 1945, and subsequently attended the Royal Naval Engineering College Plymouth England and the Royal Naval College Greenwich England. It was during this period he met and married his wife, Pamela Rowe, of Kingsteignton, Devon. He served on H.M.S. Agincourt, H.M.S. Illustrious, on two appointments to H.M.C.S. Quebec, and on H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. He was the first Canadian Marine Engineer to graduate with a master’s degree in nuclear engineering (from the University of Ottawa). He went on to have a long and distinguished career in the Navy, overseeing the maintenance and repair of vessels at CFB Esquimalt and the building of new ships from his posting at DND headquarters in Ottawa. In Ottawa he served as President at H.M.C.S. Bytown Officers' Mess.
After retirement in 1978 he joined L. E. Minogue & Associates as a partner. Following the sale of that company he continued as a consultant for a number of years and continued to be a member of the Mess. He was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering, and the R.N.E. Quart Club. He had a long and happy retirement in Ottawa and the family cottage in the Gatineau Hills. He is survived by Pamela, his wife of over 70 years, daughter Julie, sons Jamie and William, sister Susan, grandchildren Andrew and Veronica, and many “navy” nieces and nephews. Donations to the Ottawa General Hospital, whose staff took great care of Stanley, would be welcome. A memorial service will be held at the Beechwood Funeral Home in Ottawa on Wednesday Nov 29th beginning at 2:00pm, with interment of the urn to follow immediately after.
I never met Mr. Hopkins. I do know his son Jamie. My condolences to the family. Rest in Peace.
Rest in Peace Uncle Stan. You will be in my mind this year on Remembrance Day. I will remember you. I wish I could thank you for your service to our country and family in person but, you have earned your rest. Until we meet again, Godspeed.
I only knew of Captain Hopkins thriugh his son Jamie.
Rest in peace, Sir.
I had the pleasure of having me "the Admiral" during his lifetime. What a guy!
Ken and I are thinking of all the family during this sad time.
Kathryn (Casey) Patten
I know "Hoppy," as Pamela called him, through his son, Will. He was a distinguished, intelligent and gracious man, a role model for all. My condolences to his family.
Mums lasting fondest memories of Hoppy was that he was a true gentleman, he was kind and made everyone feel relaxed.
Hank van der Linde
Stan has been a wonderful neighbor who always had time for a chat during which he provided a different but insightful perspective. He was a caring man who will be missed.
Charlotte Love (nee Mueller)
Our deepest sympathies to all of the family, on the passing of 'Uncle Stan', as he was known to my brother, Michael and I. We have many fond memories of time spent with the Hopkins family, whenever they were visiting in Burlington. So many wonderful memories! May God grant you all His comfort and peace at this sad time.
He was a special neighbour who always had time to chat when I walked my dog. When he moved to the Landmark retirement home, I saw him often at lunch as mom resides there as well. It was good to catch up at those times. Always the gentleman and always the good conversationlist. He will be missed.
So sorry to hear of the death of "Uncle Stan". He was a lovely man, so funny in a mild-mannered way. I know he, Pam and my parents (JY and Margaret Clarke) spent many happy times together over the years. My sympathies to his family.