Santa Rosa, N.M. — Samuel H. Hopkins, age 66, passed away on April 6, 2013, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque following a brief illness. Samuel was born on March 20, 1947, in Salem, Mass., to the home of Jerome and Janet (Ingalls) Hopkins.
Samuel grew up in Essex where he and Sandra were married on October 23, 1985. They moved to Mariaville, Maine, and then to Lakeport, Calif., where he owned and managed the Rainbow Motel. He had many occupations throughout his lifetime. He was a florist, exterminator, bartender and a small business owner. Samuel was always active in his community in Essex where he served on the Planning Board where he worked diligently on the program. He was active in the 4H Program and was instrumental in starting the 4H Sports Program in Hancock County, Maine. Sam loved his garden and his beloved dog Crissy. He loved the outdoors, his plants and his little house on the prairie. He and Sandra made their home in Santa Rosa in 2002. In the last few years his most important job has been Papo to his beloved grandson Michael Bailey.
He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, of the family home in Santa Rosa; daughter, Barbara Bailey; grandson, Michael Connor Bailey, also of Santa Rosa; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Bailey; granddaughter, Melinda, of Lowell, Mass.; stepson, William Bailey and family, of Haverhill, Mass.; his brother, Richard Hopkins and wife, Cheryl, of Topsfield, Mass.; nieces and nephews, Carla Adams and husband, Rich; great niece and nephew, Heather and Kevin, all of Essex, Mass.; Tom Hopkins and wife, Marcie; great niece, Janet, all of New Bedford, Mass.; and Betsy Hopkins, of North Andover, Mass.; his sister, Meredith Wallace and husband, Vern, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his nieces and nephews, Cindy, Scott and Eric, all of California.
ARRANGEMENTS: Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa, with Mr. Ernest Copeland officiating. Another Memorial service will be held in Essex, Mass., on a future date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship fund, P.O. Box 303, Santa Rosa, N.M., 88435.
All services for Mr. Hopkins have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa, N.M. To leave an online condolence for Mr. Hopkins, please visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com.