HOPKINS, Harold Mack


HOPKINS, Harold Mack (Melfort, SK) – Harold passed away peacefully on April 2, 2021, at the age of 85.  He is survived by his wife Ellen (Holland), his brother-in-law Vernon (and Margie) of Crystal Springs, his 5 children, Bill (and Pat) of Calgary, Debbie (and Ray) of Grande Prairie, Rob (and Julie) of Hamilton, Donna of Grande Prairie, and Lennie of Kitchener, his 6 grandchildren, Chris, Jamie, RB (and Jodi), Sean, Emma and Henri, and his 3 great grandchildren (Sammy, Amy and Alex). Harold was predeceased by his parents, Borden and Leona (Leonard), his brother Howard and sister-in-law Marie (Bartley), his sister Marie and brother-in-law Jack (Price), his infant son Harley, and his brother-in-laws Chester and Clifford. Harold left home at a young age eventually joining the military where he would spend 10 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a radar operator and air traffic controller deployed at various sites across Canada.  After leaving the military in 1964, Harold returned to Tobermory where he worked in various professions including construction at the Bruce Nuclear complex in Kincardine and Pittsburg Paints in Owen Sound, cooking on various Great Lakes freighters, chief cook on the S.S. Norisle, and chief steward on the M.S. Chi Cheemaun.  Harold and the family moved to Calgary in 1980 where he would work in the construction industry at various sites in and around Calgary, including Shell’s Jumping Pound complex, before returning to the food & catering business where he would work at several mining and drilling camps throughout western Canada, including off shore drilling platforms in the far north, plus various Alberta correctional services facilities.  Harold and Ellen moved to Melfort, SK in 2004 to retire, but Harold couldn’t sit still, so continued to work as a commissionaire at various facilities in and around Melfort for another 10 years. Throughout his working life Harold came to meet and befriend many great people.  He will miss them all, just as much as he will be missed. The family wishes to thank Dr. Levendall and all the staff at Parkland Place for their care and attention over the years. A cremation has been arranged by Fedusiak Funeral Chapel & Crematorium in Melfort. Tributes and messages of condolence can be posted at memorials.fedusiakfuneralchapel.com.  No formal service has been arranged, but Harold will find his final resting place at the Dunks Bay cemetery in Tobermory, ON, after COVID related restrictions have been lifted.  Anyone wishing to make a donation on Harold’s behalf, can direct their gifts to the Royal Canadian Legion, Tobermory Branch #290 at [email protected]