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David Arnold Hopson, age 56, died unexpectedly on December 20, 2013, while preparing to bring joy to others this holiday season. He married Shelly Stacy on November 17, 2001. Truly a renaissance man, David was a dedicated human rights activist, environmentalist and community volunteer for organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, F.O.C.U.S., IHN and Maumee Save-A-Pet. David was an avid reader, music and art enthusiast and a fan of Tigers and Mud Hens baseball. Those who knew him will forever remember him for his compassion, as well as his generous heart and spirit.
Born October 11, 1957, in Monroe, Michigan, he was the beloved son of Jack and Alice (Pierce) Hopson. David was a 1975 graduate of Bedford High School and 1979 graduate of Michigan State University. He was currently employed in the IS Security Department at HCR Manor Care and a long time member of First Unitarian Church of Toledo.
David is survived by his loving wife, Shelly. Also surviving are his mother, Alice Hopson of Temperance, MI; sister, Claudia (Dean) Newton of Sylvania; brother, John (Nannette) of San Jose, CA; his in-laws, Theda and Harry Stacy of Tipp City, OH; brother-in-law, Ryan (Jane) Stacy of Tipp City, OH, and sister-in-law, Holly Stacy of Riverside, OH. His memory will forever be cherished by his beloved nieces and nephew, Mollie, Alice Mae, Jillian, Emma, Sophie, Evan and Lily. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Hopson. David will be remembered and missed by many dear friends and colleagues.
A celebration of David's life will be held Monday, December 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in First Unitarian Church, 3205 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614.
Those wishing to make a gift in Dave's memory are asked to consider The Kitty Todd Preserve at Oak Openings or Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet.
Over the swamp comes a long low call the winds in the trees and the birds are free --- Part of my soul answers to that call ---- in my heart beats the rhythm of the wind and the wings and I am one with loveliness...
Arrangements by the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home, Temperance, MI.
Published in Toledo Blade from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, 2013