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Obit. HENRY J. HOPKINSON b. London, England 1830 d. Sherbrooke, Que. 1920
Posted by: Jacqueline Sleeper Russell (ID *****0541) Date: November 19, 2004 at 16:42:17
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SHERBROOKE DAILY RECORD, Thursday, April 29, 1920


In the death of the late MR. HENRY J. HOPKINSON, which occurred on Saturday, Sherbrooke loses its oldest citizen. MR. HENRY HOPKINSON having been a resident of this city for eighty-four years.

The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, prayers being said at the home of deceased, 88 Queen street, by REV. E. C. RUSSELL, of ST. PETER'S Church, assisted by REV. ALFRED BRIGHT, of ST. ANDREW'S Church.

A large number of old friends of MR. HOPKINSON's and the family followed in the funeral cortege to ST. PETER's Church, where the impressive service was
conducted by REV. H. REGINALD BIGG, and the hymns "Rock of Ages and "Abide With Me," were sung by the choir, MR. A. E. WHITEHEAD being at the organ. The interment was made in Elmwood Cemetery, the solemnness of the commitment closing the last scene of a long life. The bearers were MESSRS. W. L. McSWIGGAN, LAWRENCE LESLIE, WILLIAM ROSS, EDWARD McGEE, A. A. GUNNING and JAMES SCHOLES and the mourners were MESSRS. WILLIAM and HENRY HOPKINSON, sons of deceased; RICHARD MARTIN, son-in-law; CHARLES MARTIN, grandson; ORIAN (RICHARD ORION) HOPKINSON, of Waterville, and ROBERT HILL of Belvidere, nephews.

the casket was covered with beautiful flowers, tributes of remembrance and affection from lifelong friends and relatives.

Deceased, who was 89 years of age was born in London, England, son of the late WILLIAM HOPKINSON, who came to Canada as a representative of the British-American Land Company to assist in opening up the country. Later, when he settled in Sherbrooke, he went into business, and his son HENRY became an expert cabinet maker and carpenter, and indispensable vocation in a new community.

MR. HOPKINSON saw the growth of the tiny hamlet with a few scattered houses, to a flourishing young city, and was always keenly interested in its development. His conversation was always interesting, giving picture of the early days and the old residents many of whom have gone to their rest.

He was a veteran of the Fenian Raid, had received the medal, and was honored and esteemed by all who knew him. Beloved by his family, he lived a contented life until some two years ago his health began to fail. Only confined to bed for three weeks, the end came quite suddenly.

He is survived by his wife, aged 82, who was MISS BARBARA STAFFORD of Sherbrooke; the two sons mentioned above and five daughters, MRS. LOUIS GAGNE, of Manchester, N.H.; MRS. LUDOVIC SHYATTE, of Tilton, N.H.; MRS. RICHARD MARTIN, of Sherbrooke; MRS. RICHARD DENNIS, of Groton, Vt.; and MRS. GEORGE CLOUGH, of Newburyport, Mass.; sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Canada General Service Medal (1866-1870)
Awarded to members of the Imperial and Canadian Forces who had taken part in the suppression of the Fenian raids and Riels' First Rebellion.

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