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Born: Dec 20, 1940

Date of Passing: Jan 10, 2014

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JAMES (JIM) HOPKIE It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father, grandpa, uncle, mentor and friend, James "Jim" Hopkie, at the age of 73. His last hours were spent doing what he truly loved, working outside clearing snow with the tractor at Sandy Lake on January 10, 2014. James was born on December 20, 1940 in Arcola, SK. James and the love of his life for over 45 years, his late wife Dorraine, raised three sons whom they both had a profound impact in shaping their lives. Left to cherish so many amazing memories are his son, Shane and his family Nancy, Jack, Kyle, Charlie and Joe of Calgary; his middle son, Darrin and his family Melissa, Chelsea and Cody of Halifax; and his youngest son, Bryce of Edmonton. James will be remembered in so many ways, from being the world's proudest grandpa, to an avid hunter and fishermen, as well as a tough negotiator when he was the President of International Union of Operating Engineers, local 901. He loved to read and had a burning passion to learn with a keen interest in Politics and the Environment. He would engage anyone in a healthy debate, but you would want to be well versed in the subject matter to be prepared. He spent countless hours working at Bryce's farm to ensure the place was always in immaculate condition, everything had a spot and place, no exception. He never did anything in his own words "half assed", if you were going to do anything you had to do it to the best of your ability. It did not matter what you were doing, his grandsons were first taught that lesson while learning to pull burdock and pick stones at the farm! He was adamant that you needed to accomplish something each and every day and working hard was the key to anyone's success. Teaching people and passing on life's experiences was a passion for him, and his family was so fortunate to listen and be part of the endless and usually colourful stories! He excelled at this and spent countless hours passing on his knowledge on everything from hunting and fishing, to operating heavy equipment. He spent many hours in the shop smoking sausage, fish, and assorted meats, always looking at new recipes to share with his many friends and family. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Minnedosa Hospital and the Paramedics in the ambulance for making his last hours comfortable. A celebration of James' life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of James may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 14, 2014

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Bryce, we are so sorry for the loss of your dad. We just learned of this sadness of yours. You are in our hearts at this time. - Posted by: Blaine & Shannon (Friends) on: Jan 23, 2014

  • To my lifelong friends and extended family. I am so glad to have known your family for the better part of my 40 years. I was shocked to hear of your father, Jim's passing. You have always been like family to me and my family when we all lived on Inwood Crescent. So glad I got to see Darrin this week in Victoria, BC. I give my deepest condolences to Darrin, Shane & Bryce...all brothers to me. - Posted by: David Amos (Friend, neighbor) on: Jan 21, 2014

  • Our deepest condolences to the Hopkie family. Truly a great man who will be missed by all that knew him. - Posted by: Clif, Linda, Blake, Amber and Sydni Eden (Friends) on: Jan 20, 2014

  • Shane, Darrin and Bryce and families, with sincere sympathy. Your dad was a great man, treasure the memories. - Posted by: Bev Husak (friend) on: Jan 17, 2014

  • I am very saddened to hear the news of Mr Hopkie. He will be missed by many folks. - Posted by: Bruce Olmstead (Son of neighbor) on: Jan 17, 2014

  • Shane, Darrin, Bryce and families, I'm saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We became very good friends over the last few years in Sandy Lake. He was a unique individual who will be missed by many. Cherish your memories of many happy family times with Jim at his home in Sandy Lake. - Posted by: Kent Ilott (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2014

  • Very sorry to hear, We became friends, duck hunting and such, stayed at your dad & mom's. Always a man true to his word, helped a lot of guys and as his word nothing half assed. We stopped a couple years ago on the way to Erickson and no one was home. Hard to grasp. you can be very proud. - Posted by: ron slobodian (co~worker during simplot const.) on: Jan 15, 2014

  • Dear Dorraine and family, Elaine and I want to wish you our deepest condolences on the passing of Jim. Over the years of working with Jim we became good friends and I enjoyed working along side of him at the Manitoba Building Trades and on the Allied Hydro Council Negotiation. The Operating Engineers, their members and families wouldn't have the wages and benefits they currently have without the persistence of Jim Hopkie. Gerry and Elaine Bentley - Posted by: Gerry and Elaine Bentley (Friends) on: Jan 15, 2014

  • To Bryce and Family. We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Brian, Lynn & Alanna Rudniski (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2014

  • Shane, Darren, Bryce and families. I'm so very sorry to read of your Dad's passing. I remember him from the rink during your hockey days. Hold your memories of him close to your heart and he will always be there for you. Take Care - Posted by: Jackie Smith (Childhood Friend) on: Jan 14, 2014

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