A resident of Morewood for the past 32 years, Jim Hopmans passed away suddenly at home on Mon., Feb. 28, 2011. He was 92.
Jim was born in Oud-Gastel, The Netherlands, on Oct. 25, 1918, to his parents, Nicolaas and Anna Hopmans (nee van de Weijgaert). He lived in Holland until 1949, when he immigrated to Canada.
On April 17, 1952, he married Dilia Kerkhof, and together they had four children: Ann, John, Mary, and Janet.
After spending several years being employed by others, Jim realized his dream and purchased his own dairy farm in Berwick in 1964. He continued farming until his well-deserved retirement in 1978. With time on his hands, he became an avid curler, cyclist, and gardener. The most enjoyable part of this new chapter in his life though, was spending time with his seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife Dilia; his children, Ann Chabot of Crysler, John (Kathy) of Crysler, Mary (Dennis) Fife of Berwick, and Janet (Tom) MacGregor of Morewood; his siblings Annie, Corry, and Jo, all of Holland; his grandchildren, Lisa (Eric) Corbin, Jason Chabot, Scott (Krissy) Fife, Kimberley Fife, Doug MacGregor (Margaret Pope), Kelly MacGregor, Tracy MacGregor; and his great-grandchildren, David and Alex Corbin. He was a dear brother-in-law of Tony (Barb) Kerkhof of Winchester, Piet Kerkhof (Linda Thompson) of Winchester, Jean Keyzer of Winchester, and Rita (Gordon) Cooper of Brinston. He was predeceased by his brothers, Jan and Harry, and his sisters, Ria and Cisca. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Fri., March 4 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary of the Presentation Roman Catholic Church in Chesterville on Sat., March 5 at 11 am, with Father Cosmas officiating.
The pallbearers were grandchildren Lisa Corbin, Jason Chabot, Scott Fife, Kimberley Fife, Doug MacGregor, Kelly MacGregor, and Tracy MacGregor. Spring interment will be at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Crysler.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.