Santa Rosa, NM — Samuel M. Hopkins, age 66, passed away on April, 6, 2013, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., following a brief illness. Samuel was born on March 20, 1947, in Salem, Mass., son 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. He was active in the 4H Program in Hancock County, Maine. He and Sandra made their home in Santa Rosa, N.M., in 2002. Sam loved his garden and his beloved dog, Crissy. He loved the outdoors, his plants and his little house on the prairie. In the last few years, his most important job has been Papo to his beloved grandson, Michael Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Sandra of Santa Rosa, N.M.; daughter, Barbra Bailey; grandson, Michael Connor Bailey, also of Santa Rosa; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Bailey of Lowell, Mass.; stepson, William Bailey of Haverhill, Mass.; his brother, Richard Hopkins and wife, Cheryl, of Topsfield, Mass.; nieces and nephews, Carla Adams and husband, Richard; great-niece and nephew, Heather and Kevin, all of Essex, Mass.; Tom Hopkins and wife, Marci; great-niece, Janet, all of Bedford, Mass., and Betsy Hopkins of North Andover, Mass.; his sister, Meredith Wallace and husband, Vern, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and 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, May 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Essex, 29 Main Street, Essex, MA, with Rev. Tim Ziegenhals officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Essex, 29 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929.