Peter D. Hopkins
October 25, 1916 ‒ June 20, 2008
Peter D. Hopkins, age 91 of Delaware, died unexpectedly early Friday morning, June 20, 2008 at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Formerly of Buffalo, New York, he was born on October 25, 1916 the youngest of nine children of the late James and Josephine (McManis) Hopkins. He worked the majority of his life as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of Engineers Local 17 in Buffalo.
In 1950 Pete went to work for Euclid Road Machinery Company of Cleveland, a manufacturer of heavy equipment, as an equipment demonstrator. In 1953, Euclid Road Machinery Company was bought by General Motors Company, and expanded the product line to be known as Terex Division of G.M.C.. Continuing as a demonstrator, Peter traveled all of the lower 48 states, all providences of Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. The last 15 years of his career, Peter worked as a factory service representative and customer liaison. He retired in 1979.
Peter was a member of St. Mary Church in Delaware. With a passion for both fruit and vegetable gardening of all varieties, Cantaloupe was his specialty and he always willingly shared the bounty of his crops. He took great pride in the care of his five acre homestead, enjoyed caring for horses, especially “Cricket”, who he took care of for 17 years. Always ready for a game of euchre or poker, he was a longtime fan of the New York Yankees. A generous Irishman, loyal to his family, he was a simple hardworking man, who proudly made his own way in the world.
He leaves to morn his loss, his wife of 44 years: Adeline (Tkacz), daughter: Karen (David) Setterlin, grandsons: Marcus, Ryan, Trevor, Sister Gertrude Dowdall, numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by brothers: Tom, Gerard, Edward, Sisters: Josephine, Helen, Ursula, and Mary.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Delaware, with Rev James Black Celebrant. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours will not be observed. Arrangements entrusted to DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com