Donald J. Hopkins Sr., 93, Dalton, died Wednesday in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Mae Farrell, Dalton.
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Born Jan. 26, 1920, in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Mary Price Hopkins. He was formerly a long-time resident of North Scranton. A graduate of Scranton Central High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton. A World War II Army veteran, Donald served in the invasion of North Africa and Sicily and was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and European African Service Medal with one silver service star. Donald had a long professional career in the automobile business in the region, serving as general manager at several dealerships during a 40-year career. He retired from the Howard Isaacs Chrysler/Plymouth/GMC dealership, Trucksville. Upon his retirement, Donald was an active volunteer as a reading tutor for returning students and at Allied Services. He also continued to work part time, first as a tax specialist for H&R Block and then later as a dispatcher with the state Department of Transportation in Clarks Summit. He continued to work until the age of 88.
An avid golfer, Donald was a long-time member of the Scranton Canoe Club.
Also surviving are a daughter, Deborah M. Hopkins, Dalton; three sons, Donald J. and wife, Donna, S. Abington Twp.; Mark S. and wife, Michele, Scranton; and Robert P. and wife, Ilaya, Bethesda, Md.; and four grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth M. Hopkins, on Jan. 2; a brother, Stewart; a daughter-in-law, Julie Platt Hopkins; and granddaughter, Virginia M. Hopkins.
The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, with blessing services at 7 by Monsignor James J. McGarry. Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp., will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 545 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510, or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarrior project.org.
For more information, directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 30, 2013
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