Winifred May Hopkins


Winifred May

August 10, 1924- October 8, 2007

After just one short, sweet year with us here in the Comox Valley, Winifred passed away at home with family by her side. The eldest of six children, she was born in Lindsay, Ontario to Gladys and Calvin Kellett. Winifred moved to the island to spend her golden years with her only son David Hopkins (Beth) and grandchildren Julie Akeroyd (Yuri) and Andrew Hopkins (Cailey) both of Victoria. It was a lovely year of outings, dinners, bridge, lazy evenings watching Heartbeat and The Last Detective, making new friends at Sandpiper and reconnecting with her family and old friends from her time here during their posting in the sixties. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Philip, sister Patricia, and sister-in-law Lillian. Left to mourn her passing are brothers Don Kellett – Mississauga, Ont., Lloyd Kellett (Sheila) Frankford, Ont., Stan Kellett (Althea) – Regina, Sask., sister Marj Glenday (George) – Collingwood, Ont. and very dear friend Paul Hollenbach of Cherry Hill N.J. Also missing her will be nieces and nephews Linda (Simon), Craig, Peter, Bonnie (Bill), Mark (Lucy), Bruce (Janet), Calvin (Vicky), Kendra (Rudy), Kimberly (Tom), Lisa (Mark), Guy and Leanne. Winifred was a letter writer extraordinaire and although the family was spread out across the country, kept a steady stream of communication going throughout her 83 years. At the age of 4 Winifred was struck with polio, but her indomitable spirit prevailed and she carried on throughout her life, taking on each new challenge and making the most of what life offered her. Although confined by her physical body, her loving spirit allowed her to soar to memorable heights. She taught us so many lessons about dignity, courage, faith, hope and positive thinking. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. George’s United church would be appreciated. The eternal romantic, Win would also encourage you to enjoy a gourmet dinner complete with a fine wine and candles, followed by an evening at the theatre with your sweetheart. “Over and out.”

A Celebration of Win’s life will take place on November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at St. George’s United Church.

Piercy’s ~ Mt. Washington Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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