John P. Hopkins, 82, of Goshen, NH died November 13, 2018 at Sullivan County Health Care, Unity, NH after a period of declining health.
A resident of Goshen for the past 54 years, he was born in Boston, MA on August 11, 1936, a son of the late John R. and Mary (Putnam) Hopkins. John graduated from Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA. He attended Brown University, Providence, RI and graduated with a degree in English. After teaching at Northeastern University in Boston, and a private school in Great Barrington, MA he moved to Goshen in 1964 and taught English at Stevens High School in Claremont, NH. In 1972 he made a career change, moving from teaching to starting a Plumbing and Heating business.
Throughout his years in Goshen, John was actively involved with a variety of offices in town. He was a volunteer firefighter for over 50 years, selectman, school board member, budget committee member, health officer and welfare officer. In addition to his town involvement, and teaching or running a business, he was often found trying to fix mechanical issues with his aging work truck and cars.
John is survived by his six children: Grace Hopkins, Andrew (Sheila) Hopkins, Timothy (Denise) Hopkins, Dr. Shannon Phibbs, John R. Hopkins (Candice Jason), Sarah Hopkins; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings Dr. Robert and wife Mary Hopkins, Lucinda and husband David Lee, four nieces, two nephews, three great-nieces and two great-nephews. He is also survived by several cousins, longtime friends in Goshen, and the mothers of his children: Bea and Susan.
Donations may be made in his memory to Special Olympics New Hampshire, 650 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101. Arrangements are in the care of Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will be held May 18th, 12 - 3 PM at the Goshen Community Church Parish Hall.